Air Mauritius was incorporated in June 1967 by Air France, the BOAC enterprise and the government of Mauritius, each holding 27.5% stake. However, it was until 1972 did the company start its flight operations, instead of ground services only. The company launched long-haul service in 1973 with the route between London and Nairobi. In 1995 the company was listed on the stock exchange of Mauritius.
About the airline
Air Mauritius Limited, stylised as Air Mauritius, is the flag carrier of Mauritius. The airline is headquartered at the Air Mauritius Centre in Port Louis, Mauritius. Its main base is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.
The carrier is 51%-owned by Air Mauritius Holdings Ltd, which is in turn owned in its majority by the Mauritian Government. Other shareholders are: publicly held (19.97%), Port Louis Fund (6.32%), the State Investment Corporation (4.72%), government of Mauritius (4.53%), Rogers and Company (4.28%), Air France (2.78%) and Air India (2.56%). Air Mautitius" wholy-owned subsidiaries are Airmate Ltd., Air Mauritius Holidays (Pty) Ltd. Australia, Air Mauritius SA (Proprietary) Ltd., Mauritian Holidays Ltd. (UK) and Mauritius Helicopters Ltd.; partly-owned subsidiaries are Mauritius Estate Development Corporation Ltd. (93.7%), Pointe Coton Resort Hotel Company Ltd. (54.2%), and Mauritius Shopping Paradise Company Ltd. (41.7%).
The company has an important standing in the European, African, and the Indian Ocean region markets
Air Mauritius route network comprises 26 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania: Madagascar, India, Belgium, South Africa, Germany, Switzerland, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, United Kingdom, Seychelles, Australia, Italy, Comoros, Kenya, France, Réunion, China, Singapore and Austria.
Currently, Air Mauritius’s fleet consists of 2 Airbus A319-100, 2 Airbus A330-200, 4 Airbus A340-300, 2 Airbus A340-300 Enhanced and 2 ATR 72-500.