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Air Austral
Air Austral logo.svg
Founded 1975
Hubs Roland Garros Airport
Frequent flyer program Indigo Card, Capricorn
Fleet size 10 (+4 orders)
Destinations 16
Headquarters Sainte-Marie, Réunion
Key people Gérard Ethève

Air Austral is an airline with its headquarters at Roland Garros Airport in Sainte-Marie, Réunion, France.[1][2][3] It operates scheduled and non-scheduled services from Réunion. Its main base is Roland Garros Airport.



  • 1975 : Birth of Reunion commercial aviation, Mr G√©rard Eth√®ve creates R√©union Air Service.
  • 1977 : RAS inaugurates the first route between Reunion Island and Mayotte with a Hawker Siddeley HS 748 equipped with 32 seats.
  • 1986 : Reunion Air Service becomes Air Reunion.
  • October 1990 : The airline activity of Air Reunion is repurchased by SEMATRA with financial partners. The capital is simultaneously opened with Air France, financial institutions and local private interests.
  • November 1990 : Air R√©union becomes Air Austral, a French regional airline company in Indian Ocean.
  • December 1990 : Acquisition of the first Boeing 737.
  • 1994 : Acquisition of the second Boeing 737.
  • 1997 : Acquisition of the third Boeing 737.
  • 2000 : Acquisition of an ATR 72-500.
  • Since this date, Air Austral serves South Africa, Comoros, Mauritius Island, Madagascar (Antananarivo, Tamatave, Nosy-B√©, Majunga), Mayotte and Seychelles Island from Roland Garros Airport, and Mauritius Island from Saint Pierre Airport.
  • June 2003 : Air Austral develops its activities towards the long-distance carrier by opening the route Reunion to Paris Charles de Gaulle, with two Boeing 777-200ER.
  • June 2005 : Acquisition of the third Boeing 777-200ER.
  • July 2005 : Opening of a new route between Reunion and Marseille. Air Austral operates the Boeing 777-200ER to serve Mayotte.
  • November 2005 : Opening of a new route between Reunion and Lyon (via Marseille).
  • March 2007 : Opening of a new route between Reunion and Toulouse (via Marseille).
  • April 2008: New uniforms for staff and crew members. Air Austral has retained the prestigious Parisian label Balenciaga.
  • August 2008: Introduction of the ATR 72-500 aircraft.
  • March 2009 : New ATR 72-500 for the airline, dedicated for regional flights between Reunion Island and Mauritius or Madagascar Island.
  • April 2009 : Opening of a new route between Paris and Noumea (via Reunion and Sydney). Starting revenue flight of the first Boeing 777-300ER.
  • May 2009 : Acquisition of the second Boeing 777-300ER.
  • November 2009: Previously-announced options on two "High density" 840-seat Airbus A380s converted to firm orders at the Dubai Airshow.[4]


Air Austral currently flies to 16 destinations worldwide.


An Air Austral Boeing 777-200ER with old colours

The Air Austral fleet includes the following aircraft:

Air Austral Fleet
Aircraft In fleet Order Option Seat Configuration Notes
ATR 72-500 3 0 0 64 (0/0/64)
Boeing 737-300 1 0 0 130 (0/18/112)
Boeing 737-500 1 0 0 115 (0/18/97)
Boeing 737-800 0 2 0 162 (0/18/144)

171 (0/0/171)

Boeing 777-200ER 3 0 0 364 (14/34/316) [2]
Boeing 777-300ER 2 0 0 442 (18/40/384) [3]
Airbus A380-800 0 2 2 840 (0/0/840) Deliveries in 2014[5]

Frequent Flyer Program

Air Austral's frequent flyer program is called Capricorne, referring to the Tropic of Capricorn which runs just to the south of Réunion.

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