Air Mauritius has selected the Airbus A350 as its new longhaul aircraft type. The airline placed an order for four A350-900s and will lease an additional two units from Aercap. The leased aircraft will arrive in 2017 while the four owned aircraft will be delivered in 2019 and 2020.

The airline plans to replace six A340-300s, three of which are owned and three are leased. The carrier also operates two A330-200s and two A319s and wants to review its shorthaul requirements in the next step of its corporate revamp.

CEO Andre Viljoen says the airline has been undergoing a severe restructuring program over the past few years, but has managed to make a small €8 million profit in the financial year that ended March 2014. According to Viljoen, Air Mauritius has also looked at the Boeing 787-9 as part of the longhaul evaluation.