Air Mauritius has taken delivery of its first Airbus A350 airliner powered by Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine. Air Mauritius has six A350s on order that are scheduled for delivery between now and 2023.
Rolls-Royce said it will also be providing Air Mauritius with its with TotalCare service support to ensure it runs a reliable and economically sound operation. The Trent XWB engines powering the aircraft are the world’s most efficient large aero engines flying today.
The A350 landed at Sir S. Ramgoolam International Airport, Mauritius on its delivery flight from Airbus factory in Toulouse, France. Mauritian Prime Minister, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, received the new aircraft on its arrival underlining its significance to the island nation.
Kevin Evans, Rolls-Royce Vice president- Customers, who was in the maiden flight, described Air Mauritius as a valued customer that his company will look up to “as it continues to expand its Rolls-Royce powered fleet.”
Second in Africa
Air Mauritius is the second airline in Africa to receive the A350 after Ethiopian Airlines. Globally, more than 40 customers have ordered over 1,600 Trent XWB engines for 800 A350 aircraft. The delivery of the first A350 to Air Mauritius comes in the same week that Airbus and Rolls-Royce celebrated the successful inaugural flight of the new A330-neo aircraft that is exclusively powered by Rolls-Royce's Trent 7000 engines.
The A330-neo is an evolutionary aircraft that has been developed from the original A330, which features the Trent 700 Rolls-Royce engine. The Trent 7000 engine comes with a 10 per cent improved fuel consumption, 6db less noise and twice the bypass ration.
This test flight took off from Toulouse-Blagnac Airport in France and was witnessed by large crowds. It marked an important milestone for Rolls-Royce as it celebrates its third engine 'first flight' in less than 12 months, an unprecedented achievement in the aerospace industry.
Each programme has brought together more than 20,000 parts to create an engine that then undergoes rigorous testing at a number of test beds and facilities around the world.
Mauritius, Rwanda and Kenya are leading sub-Saharan Africa in the 2018 World Bank Doing Business report, which examines regulations and conditions necessary to enhance business climate, according to the report released in Rwandan capital Kigali.
Mauritius ranks 25th globally, followed by Rwanda at 41st and Kenya at 80th, said the report, which said 83 reforms were implemented last year in sub-Saharan Africa to make it easier to do business.Kenya implemented the most reforms in the region in the past year, with six, according to the report.
Four other economies including Mauritania, Nigeria, Rwanda and Senegal implemented five reforms each during the past year, it showed. No region has ever reported as many changes in a single year with sub-Saharan Africa accounting for nearly a third of all reforms globally, according to the World Bank.
The annual report focuses on 11 main areas that affect business such as ease of starting a business, obtaining construction permits, access to electricity, property registration, access to credit, tax payments among others. While it took 61 days on average to start a business in Africa in 2003, it now takes 24 days, against a global average of 20 days, economic experts said in the report.