Air Mauritius was founded on June 1967, by Amedee Maingard. The airline started its operations in August 1972, with a Piper-Navajo aircraft, on a flight from Mauritius to Reunion Islands. Its international operations commenced in the year 1977. Air Mauritius is the national airline of Mauritius, based in Port Louis - the capital of Mauritius. Its main base comprises of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), Mauritius. The airline provides domestic as well as international services, operating as many 80 flights per week. The symbol of Air Mauritius is phaeton rubicola or Paille-en-Queue, a fish-eating tropical bird. The airline appeared on the Mauritius Stock Exchange list in 1995. It employs a staff of over 4500 people and has tied up with international airlines, for which it performs varied services.
Air Mauritius operates with a very modern fleet. It consists of Airbus A340-300, Airbus A319-100, Boeing 767ER, ATR72-500, ATR42-500 and Bell Jet Rangers.
Presently, Air Mauritius flies over 1 M passenger every year, to about 35 destinations. Air Mauritius serves all the major domestic destinations, like Plaisance, Plaine Magnien and Rodrigues in Mauritius. Apart from that, it flies to Nairobi, Antananarivo, Saint-Denis, Saint-Pierre, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg in Africa. In Europe, it serves destinations like France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and U.K. In India, Air Mauritius flies to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore. The airline also flies to countries like Australia, China, Malaysia, Singapore and UAE.