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Air mauritius Schedules Delhi Return in 2Q23 – but faces fleet maintenance issues

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Air Mauritius airline will relaunch its service this summer between Mauritius and Delhi , its second destination in India after Mumbai.

From May 3, 2023, the Mauritius national airline will offer two flights per week between its base in  Port Louis-Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam  and Delhi-Indira Gandhi airport and will be operated by the Airbus A330-900 that can accommodate 28 passengers in Business class and 260 in Economics.

As observed by Aeroroutes, departures are scheduled on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:15 p.m. to arrive the next day at 6:15 a.m., return flights leaving the Indian capital Thursday and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. to land at 2:00 p.m.

Air Mauritius remains without competition on this route that was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fleet woes

These plans will of course have to take into account the availability of the long-haul fleet, that have since been plagued with technical problems.

This past week (January 2) an Air Mauritius’ Airbus A350-900 with registration 3B-NBA took off almost five hours late for Johannesburg following a technical problem, which also effected its following flights (departure for Paris-CDG on Tuesday evening being postponed to Wednesday morning).

Another A350-900 with registration 3B-NBP also experienced a technical problem the next day – this time causing nearly 10 hours of delay for passengers bound for South Africa according to Flightradar24.

Air Mauritius would also seek to lease an A330-200 to strengthen its fleet, in addition to “several” ATR 72-500s or -600s that it seeks to lease.

The company currently operates four A350-900s, two A330-900s and three ATR 72-500s.

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