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PICTURE: Air Austral takes first 787

Reunion’s Air Austral has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-8, becoming the first French operator to take the type.

The Rolls-Royce Trent 1000-powered aircraft is scheduled to land at Roland Garros airport in Saint-Marie, Reunion Island on 25 May.

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“The state of the art 787 Dreamliner’s unique capabilities enable us to launch the Dzaoudi to Paris Charles de Gaulle route,” says Marie-Joseph Male, executive chairman and chief executive at Air Austral.

The airline announced an order for two 787-8s in 2015, says Boeing.

Flightglobal’s Fleets Analyzer database shows that the carrier has eight aircraft in service, comprising three Boeing 777-300ERs, three 737s and two ATR 72s.

The airline also apparently cancelled the two Airbus A380s it had on order earlier this year.

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