PARIS, FRANCEAir Austral, France’s La Réunion Island-based airline operator has taken delivery of the first of three Airbus A220 jets on order in Mirabel, Canada. The second and third aircraft are expected to join the French carrier's fleet in the coming days.

Air Austral has selected the Airbus A220-300 as part of its medium and short-haul fleet modernization plan in order to boost its operational efficiency, offering an enhanced passenger experience in a comfortable two-class cabin layout with 132 seats: 12 in business class and 120 in economy-class.

Bearing the airline’s distinctive livery representing La Reunion Island’s beautiful landscapes, Air Austral will strengthen its regional network with three A220-300s, flying on routes between La Réunion Island and Mauritius, Mayotte, Seychelles, South Africa, Madagascar, and as far as India.

Powered by the latest-generation Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1500G geared turbofan engines, the A220 is the quietest and most eco-friendly aircraft in its category. The aircraft features a 50% reduced noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft, 25% lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat as well as 50% lower NOx emissions than current industry standards.

To date, more than 160 A220 jets have been delivered, and they are operating on routes in Asia, North America, Europe, and Africa, proving the great versatility of Airbus’ new generation single-aisle family member.