Air Austral, the airline based in Saint Denis, La Reunion, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of two A380s in a single-class configuration. In such a configuration, the A380 will offer unprecedented level of fuel economy, further emphasising the eco-efficient nature of the aircraft.
In a single-class configuration the aircraft will seat around 840 passengers in the widest economy class seats and the service proven quietest cabin in the sky. Air Austral plans to operate the A380 through one of its subsidiaries on its high-density route from La Reunion to Paris, France.Â No engine choice has been made at this stage.Â
â€œOur vision is to provide a low cost-high quality service on the heavy traffic route between La Reunion and Paris and the A380 allows us to make this vision a reality,â€ said Gerard Etheve, President of Air Austral. â€œThe A380 has the lowest cost per seat and is the most environment-friendly aircraft flying today while at the same time providing a high level of passenger comfort. This will enable Air Austral to better connect La Reunion to France at a lower fareâ€, he added.Â
John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers, added: â€œAir Austral â€˜s selection shows the potential of the A380 in the market of today and tomorrow. The real benefits of â€œdoing more with lessâ€ now is a reality offered to the market and we congratulate Air Austral on making their vision into a real strategy for this important market segmentâ€.