First Air Mauritius A350 XWB takes shape in Airbus’ Final Assembly Line

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 24, 2017 14:48

First Air Mauritius A350 XWB takes shape in Airbus’ Final Assembly Line

Assembly of the first A350 XWB for Air Mauritius is advancing well at Airbus’ Final Assembly Line (FAL) in Toulouse, France.

The wing-fuselage junction, the installation of the tailplane and also the tailcone have been completed. The aircraft is in the next assembly station for structural completion such as the installation of winglets, ground testing of mechanical, electrical and avionics systems. Next steps will include in particular cabin completion, engine installation, painting and flight tests. This will lead to the delivery scheduled in Q4 2017, of the first A350-900 to Air Mauritius.

Air Mauritius will acquire a total of six A350-900 twin engine widebodies comprising four directly purchased from Airbus and two on lease from AerCap. At entry into service, the A350 XWB will be deployed on the carrier’s long-haul, mainly the Mauritius-Paris route. Air Mauritius currently operates a fleet of 13 aircraft of which 10 Airbus aircraft including six A340-300, two A330-200 and two A319 on regional and long haul services.

A350 Air Mauritius Winglet

A350-900 Air Mauritius

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 24, 2017 14:48