Air Austral selected the Engine Alliance GP7200 to power the pair of Airbus A380s it has ordered. Air Austral also chose Engine Alliance as its service provider to maintain, repair and overhaul its A380 engines as part of a 10-year fleet management agreement. The value of the deal, signed here yesterday, totals $240 million at list prices.
La Reunion-based Air Austral has served the region in and around the Indian Ocean since 975. The airline flies to nearby India Ocean islands as well as locations in France, Australia, South Africa and Thailand. In January Air Austral announced plans to take its new A380s in single, economy-class configuration and fly them on a high-density route between La Reunion and Paris through a subsidiary airline flying under a low-fare model.