Air Austral is an airline based at Roland Garros Airport in Sainte-Marie, Réunion, a French territory located in the Indian Ocean. Until 2012, the airline offered a highly ambitious set of scheduled and charter services to destinations in Africa, Europe, the Indian Ocean, Asia, and Australasia.
Air Austral announced in 2009 an order for two 840-seat Airbus A380s, to operate on its high-density route between Réunion and Paris, with talk also of services to the Asia Pacificregion, including Australia, where it then operated with 777 equipment.
After suffering substantial losses and a partial bailout by the
government, new CEO Marie-Joseph Male initiated
a major restructuring programme
in 2012 which involves selling the airline's two Boeing 777s,
reducing the network and reportedly cancelling the A380 orders.
AIR AUSTRAL AIRLINE RETURNS TO PROFITABILITY