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Reunion's Air Austral signs for A220s

Reunion carrier Air Austral has signed a purchase agreement covering three Airbus A220-300s.

The Indian Ocean territory operator primarily uses long-haul types including Boeing 777-300ERs and 787-8s.

It unveiled its agreement to take the A220s during an African airline event on Reunion. The first aircraft, powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1500G engines, is set to arrive at the end of next year.

Air Austral's short-haul fleet comprises a pair of Boeing 737-800s and an ATR 72-500, all of which are about a decade old.

The airline has a partnership with Air Madagascar, in which it holds a substantial ownership stake.

Air Madagascar also has a short-haul fleet including Boeing 737s and ATR turboprops, some of which are allocated to its local operation Tsaradia.

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