Air Mauritius is the national airline of Mauritius, based in Port Louis - the capital of Mauritius. Its main base comprises of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), Mauritius. The airline provides domestic as well as international services, operating as many 80 flights per week. The symbol of Air Mauritius is phaeton rubicola or Paille-en-Queue, a fish-eating tropical bird. The airline appeared on the Mauritius Stock Exchange list in 1995. It employs a staff of over 2,600 people and has tied up with international airlines, for which it performs varied services. Air Mauritius maintains its commitment to high quality service because the Mauritian carrier acts as an ambassador for the country and reveals the image of its people. Those who fly Air Mauritius realise that multiple elements in its offices and on board celebrate "L'Esprit de l'Ile Maurice," the Soul of Mauritius. This concept tries to express the unification of an innate sense of human encounter with the urge to improve constantly. Air Mauritius was incorporated in June 1967 and it started its operations modestly with a Piper-Navajo. The destiny of Air Mauritius is forged in the ambition of the people of Mauritius who, since accession to independence, refused the perspective of isolation. Air Mauritius serves all the major domestic destinations, like Plaisance, Plaine Magnien and Rodrigues in Mauritius. Apart from that, it flies to Nairobi, Antananarivo, Saint-Denis, Saint-Pierre, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in Africa. In Europe, it serves destinations like France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and U.K. In India, Air Mauritius flies to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore. The airline also flies to countries like Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and UAE. Air Mauritius operates with a very modern fleet. As on July 2006, its fleet consisted of 5 Airbus A340-300, 2 Airbus A319-100, 2 Boeing 767 ER, 1 ATR72-500, 2 ATR 42-500, and 3 Bell Jet Rangers. The last built Airbus A340- 300 was delivered to Mauritius in December 2006. Presently, Air Mauritius flies some 850,000 passengers every year, to about 30 destinations. In March 2007, Air Mauritius claimed the distinction of becoming the first southern African country airline that operated an all-Airbus fleet on long and medium haul routes. It also holds the honor of being the first airline to fly an A340 in the Southern atmosphere. The air service serves as the chief player in the field of cargo, resulting in the company’s increased investment in cargo storage facilities.
Since the Mauritius government grants a visa only for duration of 60 days to Indian citizens on arrival, Air Mauritius only carries Indian passengers with a confirmed return booking within the fixed period of 60 days. In order to fly for a stay beyond 60 days, the passenger needs to apply to the Mauritius High Commission in Delhi, prior to departure, for an extended visa.
Moreover, the concept is that of ‘An Island in the Sky’ where emphasis has been placed on the island’s exceptionally beautiful natural scenery and rich and vibrant marine resources. This has been concretely depicted in the design of the new cabins where there is the omnipresence of the lagoon and the ocean, the green of the palm trees and the sugar cane fields, the colourful and rich ocean, the amazingly striking flowers, and the unique colours of the Seven Coloured Earths, to illustrate a few cases. The same concept is now being applied to the website as well as different promotional and product items such as cabin crew uniforms, promotional tools, corporate publications and office design.
Besides being the main player for transport of passengers, Air Mauritius is also a key player in the field of cargo where approximately 36,000 tons are carried yearly. The company has invested significantly in cargo storage capacities which allow increased transit activities. Air Mauritius contributes actively to the economic...