"Mayotte", Air Austral takes delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Air Austral Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner F-OLRC (msn 34510) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 932908.Bruce Drum (AirlinersGallery.com), from
Bruce Drum (AirlinersGallery.com)on May 25
Boeing issued this statement:
Air Austral and Boeing are celebrating the delivery of the carrier's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The newest addition to the Air Austral long-haul fleet touched down at Roland Garros Airport in Saint-Marie, Reunion Island on May 25, 2016 following a 10,500-mile (16,898-kilometer) delivery flight originating from the Boeing Everett Delivery Center in Everett, Washington.
"The state of the art 787 Dreamliner's unique capabilities enable us to launch the Dzaoudi to Paris Charles de Gaulle route," said Marie-Joseph Male, executive chairman and chief executive officer, Air Austral. "This airplane is the most advanced in the world, with superior operating economics all while providing our passengers an unrivalled on-board experience."
Air Austral announced an order for two 787-8 Dreamliners in 2015. Air Austral was founded in 1975 and currently operates a fleet of nine aircraft to over 10 destinations worldwide.
Bruce Drum (AirlinersGallery.com)on May 24
World Airline News report issued on May 24, 2016:
Air Austral on May 23, 2016 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, the pictured F-OLRC (msn 34510), named "Mayotte".
F-OLRC is one of the early "heavy versions" of the 787s (called the "Terrible Teens" due to their MSN numbers) that did not meet the lower weight specifications promised to early 787 customers. The carrier accepted the early version, probably at a significant discount.
A second 787-8 remains on order.
F-OLRC is configured to accommodate 16 passengers in Business Class and 244 in Economy class (262 seats total). The new type is due to enter revenue service on May 27, 2016 between Roland Garros Airport and Antananarivo.
Mauritius and Mayotte will also welcome the new type in the coming days.
The company will also launch a new nonstop flight on June 10, 2016 between Dzaoudzi (Mayotte) and Paris (CDG) with three flights weekly.
According to Wikipedia, "Dzaoudzi is a community in the French overseas department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. The community of Dzaoudzi (sometimes called Dzaoudzi-Labattoir), made up of the twin towns of Dzaoudzi and Labattoir, is located on the small island of Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi). It was previously the capital of Mayotte, but the capital was relocated in 1977 to Mamoudzou, on the island of Grande-Terre (Maore), the main island of Mayotte."