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CDG-RUN-MRU And Back On Air Austral  
User currently offlinePieterBoth From Mauritius, joined Jan 2010, 81 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 17219 times:

Following a trip to Mauritius via a not so common routing, and on an airline not so frequently commented on, here is a trip report, which I hope some of you find interesting, including some novelty bus spotting - bear with me and scroll down to see the pics  

When I have previously returned to Mauritius, I have always traveled by the obvious suspects, ie Air Mauritius, Air France or British Airways. This time however, when looking at prices of these three, as well as Emirates from Paris, I thought about checking out the website of Air Austral, and hey presto, it was the cheapest of the lot! I didn’t think twice about booking it, I had always wanted to try them out, and plus I’d get to stopover (albeit briefly) in La Réunion! After all the discussion around Air Austral and the opening of their route Paris-Saint Denis-Sydney-Noumea and their dalliance with the A380, I was looking forward to the flight.

Air Austral’s exotic network:



So the time came for me to pack up and leave Europe behind for the Indian Ocean. Air Austral use Terminal 2A at CDG. Having only previously traveled with Air France out of CDG 2E and 2F, the state of Terminal 2A came as a bit of a shock…it seems very cramped, old and lots of bare concrete…in need of some TLC and refurbishment.


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I arrived at the airport early, but check-in opened soon enough and I checked in my luggage through to MRU via RUN. I went through to the departure lounge, which had a few shops and a view over the tarmac. It’s not a very pleasant space to sit in though, cramped and when passengers started to filter through security it became obvious that this would be a full flight to St. Denis. I took a walk around the lounge, and spotted these crates ready for the long trip back home:



I also got a glimpse of an Air France A380:


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And then finally, my aircraft rocked up at the gate, looking pretty awesome, I was really excited!


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At CDG, the check-in agent issued both the CDG-RUN and the RUN-MRU boarding passes. Air Austral ticket labels were handed out too:



BA waiting to head back to LHR:



I often wonder when people see Air Austral, whether they think it is an Australian airline  

I liked the look of the cabin on board the B777-300, and went to my window seat which I requested as I knew we would wake up somewhere over the coast of southern Africa which is always spectacular. However, the seat pitch was quite tight (not as bad as Air France’s 747-400 PTV-less and very tight seat pitch flights to MRU though – after the last one I took to MRU, I swore it would be the last until AF changed their aircraft to MRU). But I was so excited to be on Air Austral! After take off, the cabin crew came around, handing out the meal menus for the flight and a rather cool amenity bag (I’ve never had this in economy on other airlines):



Inflight magazine:


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The view of sunset above Paris was stunning:


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The crew then came around handing out refreshment towels:



The amenity bag contained a toothbrush, earplugs, flight socks and an eyepatch for sleeping. I liked the attention to detail by the crew and the airline in its branding of product. The inflight entertainment in the PTVs contained several films, tv shows, local (Réunionnais) and international news, Mascarene and international music, games, inflight map and information and documentaries on Air Austral destinations and an interesting documentary on Air Austral operations. The crew soon came around with the dinner service, which was:


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It was, in one foul swoop, the best meal I had eaten in economy ever. The chocolate fondant was delicious, I could seriously have eaten several more   The crew came around with a hot drinks run and then cleared trays away. As people settled down for the night, the mood lighting in the cabin toned down and I tried to get some kip.

I awoke to the sound of birds (no, only kidding). I awoke with the bright light shining through someone’s window across the cabin, and my immediate thought was damn, I’ve missed Africa! People started to open their window shades, and I peeked out to see ocean. I had a look at the inflight map on my screen and we had just left the coast of Tanzania. It was still dawn outside and hazy so I hadn’t missed much. The moving map showed we were headed directly for the Comoros , so I was on eager lookout, and eventually I spotted the outline of Mayotte, which some years back broke away from the Comoros and became an overseas collectivity of France (soon to become an overseas department just like Réunion in 2011). The cabin crew came around with fresh wet towels and we had breakfast over the glorious Comoros…


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We quickly passed the Comoros and were headed straight for the Malagasy coast, which is always a treat:


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Soon it was time for our descent into RUN. The last time I was in Réunion, I flew from MRU to ZSE (Pierrefonds Airport in the South of the Island). The last time I was in St. Denis was back in 1995, when Air France’s flights to MRU used to be operated via RUN. Réunion Island emerges suddenly from the ocean floor, and unlike Mauritius which is famed for its white sand beaches, Réunion’s coastline is characterized by rugged towering cliffs. Saint Denis is a beautiful city from the air, shimmering in the sunlight:


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Possible one of the most spectacular airport backgrounds in the world?:


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The airport terminal had changed since 1995, and there were now jetbridges. We deplaned from the long flight, and ground staff showed transfer passengers to the departure lounges. As this was technically a domestic flight, we transfer passengers did not need to go through security again. Passengers connecting to Mauritius were given immigration forms to complete:



There were more transfer passengers than I thought there would be, to islands across the Indian Ocean including Mauritius, Mayotte, Comoros and Madagascar. There were also passengers transferring to Pierrefonds, on Réunion’s south coast. Soon I was in the main departure lounge which was modern, if a little on the small side:


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There was an electronics shop, perfume and alcohol shop and a tourist shop and one bar, the AeroBar which had no food left and a very large queue. The lounge has a nice view over the tarmac and runway. There was a Corsairfly 747 and an Air France flight just arrived from Paris Orly:


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My ride from CDG on its way to the hangar:


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Some more Air Austral action on the tarmac:


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One of these aircraft was my ride to MRU, but I’m not sure which one!



For some reason, there is no departure board screen in the lounge, so you have to listen out for announcements and the individual gate screens. There were flights to Moroni, Dzaoudzi, Johannesburg and Antananarivo, all of which had some connecting passengers from my flight. Finally it was time to board my flight to Mauritius. When I got to the gate, the agent asked for my email confirmation and said that he’d been expecting me, I thought I was the only connecting passenger to MRU. However, I sat next to a lady to MRU who was also on the flight from CDG on her way to SYD on Air Austral and was making a short trip to Mauritius, so I’m not sure why the agent had been expecting me! We were bussed to the aircraft which was one of Air Austral’s ATR aircraft. The flight was a smooth 40 minutes and the crew came around with a soft drinks service. We could soon see Mauritius:


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As we touched down, I caught a glimpse of Air Mauritius’ new livery, which when compared to the classic Paille-en-Queue is a bit of a bland washout in my opinion:



We were bussed from the aircraft to the terminal, and I knew there would be a long queue at immigration as there were two long haul aircraft sitting at the gates. Lo and behold, an MK flight from Delhi had arrived just before us and the immigration hall was completely full. The immigration officers at MRU are painfully slow, it took over an hour to get through! Our small flight of 50 people from St. Denis had the bad timing of arriving after the flight from Delhi, and it seems Mauritius scrutinizes the Indian flight arrivals intensely as there were many Indian passengers going back and forth in the queues with incorrect entry forms etc. By the time we got through immigration into the baggage reclaim area, St. Denis was no longer on the carousel screens! I asked an airport employee and she was wondering why I was so late claiming baggage for a flight that arrived 90 minutes ago! I explained that we arrived after the Delhi flight and she gave an understanding grin and pointed us to the correct carousel, which now had a flight from Pierrefonds and Heathrow luggage. It will hopefully be a much smoother and quicker process of arriving in MRU once the new terminal building is built!



In Mauritius I had noticed on previous trips that many private bus companies like to paint their buses with airline colours or aircraft, so this time I decided to take a few shots, some of which were done very quickly hence the not so great quality, but I thought they were rather cool:


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Some wishful thinking…B747 in Air Mauritius colours:



One of the very few places you can travel on PanAm  

I also saw buses with the old British Airways Speedbird logo, Lufthansa, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Virgin Atlantic logos / aircraft, and a made up one, Soviet Airlines, but I was too slow whipping my camera out! I was really disappointed.

Across Mauritius, there are many adverts for airlines, including Emirates (which seems to aggressively market the MRU-DXB-Europe / Asia markets), and Air Austral:


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This Air Zimbabwe billboard has been up for as long as I can remember:



On the Port Louis waterfront, many airlines have their offices:


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Before the waterfront was developed, most airlines were housed in Rogers House, which is still home to some airlines:


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Here is the Air Mauritius building in Port Louis:



We had lunch in the Paille-en-Queue foodcourt at the foot of the Air Mauritius building, many office workers come here at lunchtime:


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Mauritians like to travel, especially to Europe, Australia, Asia and the Indian Ocean islands. Every family member we visit is always interested in what airline we flew, whether we had a stopover, level of service etc. Its always nice to have aviation conversations! Everyone was surprised that I flew Air Austral, as it is not a ‘usual’ way of getting from Europe to MRU. Currently, everyone waxes lyrical about Emirates, and they are indeed the cheapest way to get from the UK to Mauritius (unfortunately they were very expensive from CDG).

Soon it was time to leave this great island once again and we made our way to Plaisance.



Here is the departure dropoff zone:



There is a nice viewing terrace too:

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It was a busy evening at the airport with many long haul flights to some great destinations across the Indian Ocean and beyond:


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This of course meant that the departure lounge was completely jam-packed. MRU’s departure lounge is very narrow and when there are this many long haul flights, there are no way near enough seats. The flight to St. Denis was bussed to the aircraft, and we passed the MK hangar:


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My flight to St. Denis would be on one of Air Austral’s two Boeing 737’s which they will soon replace, hence why they have not been repainted in the new Air Austral colours. I was sat in row 3, which was in the business class section, so had a lot of legroom:


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The first of two Emirates flights this evening on its way to the runway, it would take off after us:



This evening’s widebody lineup at MRU, including MK, HM and EK:



On RUN-MRU flights it is just a one class configuration as it is only 40 minutes, so I was lucky to have the nice legroom of row 3 to accompany the drinks service  
Soon we made our descent in the dark to RUN. There were many connecting passengers going onward to CDG. As this was an international flight, we had to go through security. In MRU the check-in agent warned passengers not to buy liquids over 100ml in MRU’s duty free (such as Mauritian rum, a popular buy for tourists and Mauritians alike) as it would be confiscated in St. Denis. I had a 3 hour wait in St. Denis, during which there was one Air France flight to ORY, one Corsairfly flight to ORY and two Air Austral flights to CDG. All of which seemed to be full. I was amazed at the traffic between St. Denis and the Metropole. Maybe the A380 that is on the cards for Air Austral is not that much of a pipe dream as I initially skeptically thought! Anyway we soon boarded, and took off in the dark from St. Denis. There was a bit of very strong turbulence as we departed, after which dinner was served – again, excellent:


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I slept most of the way until breakfast was served. If there was one suggestion I could make about the catering, it would be to either serve the ‘petit pain’ bread roll that came with breakfast, warm, or not serve it at all. It was stone cold and rock solid! I guess the whole breakfast tray is kept refrigerated. I looked around me, and everyone had left it – what a waste of bread! We soon landed back in CDG and deplaned on the tarmac and were bussed to the terminal.

A long, long way from home, but amongst good friends:


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The last part of the journey, from CDG’s railway station:


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I would highly recommend Air Austral based on these flights, I really enjoyed travelling with them. The service on board was excellent and if you’re prepared to make a stopover in St. Denis, I think it’s a viable alternative to the usual bunch of airlines flying from Europe to the Indian Ocean. Hope you enjoyed this trip report!

25 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinecgnnrw From Germany, joined May 2005, 1171 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16956 times:

Very interesting report about an airline that doesn#t seem to get much notice here at a.net. I transfer often through CDG and always enjoy catching a glance at Air Autral's B777. I also wonder how many people actually think the airline is from AUSTRAL.....ia.


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User currently offlinetriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 763 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 16904 times:
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Thank you for your TR. I have a DVD from World Air Routes on Air Austral, and it does include a RUN-CDG-RUN trip on a 777-200ER and 737-300/500 domestic trips. Reunion Island really looks pretty...especially some of the domestic destinations I saw.
I did not know Air Austral has 777-300ER, and so I appreciated your TR. Reunion Island is a part of the world I have not been to yet, so your TR piqued my interest.



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User currently offlinecaleb1 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 372 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 16074 times:
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What happened to pictures of the meals??

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1965 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15978 times:
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Really good report! I like the pictures from your flights .. looks like you had a nice evening for flying from CDG-RUN. The views of the clouds before the sunset were really nice!

Quoting triple7man (Reply 2):
Thank you for your TR. I have a DVD from World Air Routes on Air Austral, and it does include a RUN-CDG-RUN trip on a 777-200ER and 737-300/500 domestic trips.

I also have this DVD, and it definitely paints a nice picture of Reunion Island. Looks like a nice place to visit!

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1267 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 15957 times:

I have not seen smoked salmon as a starter in economy since 20 years. Sounds like a great airline but no tie in for frequent flyer miles.

User currently onlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5130 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 15783 times:

Hey - thanks for this unique report. I have been fascinated by Air Austral for some time now and seeing their 777 at BKK the other day only heightened this interest. Vamos a ver. Again, great report ... and I echo others, it would be nice to see meal pictures.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6672 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15439 times:

Hi !

Very nice to see another report on Air Austral ! I flew them in May 2007 and wrote a trip report with pictures also of the meals....

Air Austral 777 Reunion - Paris With Pics (by The777Man Jun 14 2007 in Trip Reports)

It seems like you had a similiar experience as me; lots of food and very good food! I flew the -200/ER and no PTVs on those......

I also spent a day in St Denis which is a nice little city.

The777Man



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15414 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 6):
it would be nice to see meal pictures.


And while you are bringing the meal, could I have a glass of the Graves, please?  

Nice trip report and some very good photos, specially some of the cloud shots. How novel that the buses should sport airline pictures.

A pity that Air Austral do not serve PER but I spotted the MK flight on the departure board.

Thanks for sharing.


User currently offlinegardermoen From Australia, joined Jul 1999, 1523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 15369 times:

Hi

Nice report. Mauritius looks nice, I would love to visit both Reunion and Mauritius one day.

Cute menu on Air Austral. However, a shame about the plain boarding passes you got ex CDG. Not even a splash of colour on them!
Nice to see that the bus companies in Mauritius are obsessed with having airline themes painted on their vehicles!


User currently offlinePieterBoth From Mauritius, joined Jan 2010, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 14578 times:

Thanks for the comments, glad you enjoyed the TR  
Quoting caleb1 (Reply 3):
What happened to pictures of the meals??

Sorry ! I completely didn't think of taking a photo ...

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 5):
Sounds like a great airline but no tie in for frequent flyer miles.

Indeed, that was the one drawback, Air Austral only have their own frequent flyer programme, Capricorne.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 4):
Reunion Island. Looks like a nice place to visit!

Reunion is fantastic - awesome mountains, cirques, volcano - a great complement to the neighbouring beaches of Mauritius.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 8):
And while you are bringing the meal, could I have a glass of the Graves, please?

 


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 14215 times:

Hi PieterBoth, thanks for this great trip report. Nice to read about a trip to La Reunion, also great pictures. Air Austral seems to be a nice airline.

I remember very well my first long haul flight ever, which was from CDG to RUN back in 1990 with Air France. It was in a B747-100 then with stops in DXB on the way down and in Nairobi on the way back. Reunion is definitely a very nice island with very nice people, I enjoyed my stay there very much. I never made it to Mauritius but it looks very nice as well. Some of these airline busses look really interesting, it is sure fun to ride them  


User currently offlinePieterBoth From Mauritius, joined Jan 2010, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 14045 times:

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 11):
I remember very well my first long haul flight ever, which was from CDG to RUN back in 1990 with Air France. It was in a B747-100 then with stops in DXB on the way down and in Nairobi on the way back.

Hi there! I took Air France when i was a kid back in 1992 and the routing was CDG-MRS-JIB-RUN-MRU ! It seemed like such an adventure at the time, especially the stop in Djibouti. I'll never forget this flight   On the way back the routing was MRU-RUN-DXB-CDG. Then in 1995 it was simply CDG-RUN-MRU, and then they finally got rid of the stop in RUN. Good times!


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1675 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13693 times:

Hi PieterBoth,

Thanks for a great report on Air Austral.

This airline is HIGH on my list to fly, and i am just waiting for the right time  

Frankly, your report has made me even more anxious to get on board! The service from yoru description seems great, and those menus and amenity kits are gorgeous! All that served on a 'domestic' flight too! Wish there were some pictures of the food!  


Thanks a lot for sharing!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1342 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 13655 times:
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Nice to see a trip report on Air Austral. I think I like their new colours better than the old ones. What seat were you sitting in on the outbound from CDG?

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
I often wonder when people see Air Austral, whether they think it is an Australian airline
Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
After take off, the cabin crew came around, handing out the meal menus for the flight and a rather cool amenity bag (I’ve never had this in economy on other airlines):

Interesting that their Amenity kit matches their Australian suspect's as well.

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
Possible one of the most spectacular airport backgrounds in the world?:

Yes spectacular but also such terrain can spell serious disaster. Nevertheless breathtaking and majestic.

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
In Mauritius I had noticed on previous trips that many private bus companies like to paint their buses with airline colours or aircraft

Boeing 787ER .....lol...very futuristic....


User currently offlineStaralliance38 From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 13652 times:

Great TR! Thanks for sharing!

I would have never thought of such a small island of Mauritius having so aviation themed haha. Those buses are interesting too!



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1384 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 13613 times:

Escellent report of an not so well covered airline and unusual route. Very interesting, thanks a lot for sharing!

User currently offlineRTWflyer From American Samoa, joined Oct 2010, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 13430 times:

Hi PieterBoth,

very interesting TR on an airline not to well known outside France and the AOM territories. I did not know they had such a good product. Would really be an airline I would like to fly on.

One question: how long is the flight time from CDG to RUN? I would assume around 12 hrs?

Thanks!  



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8591 posts, RR: 54
Reply 18, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 13316 times:
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Nice report and pictures, thanks for mharing.

I'm not sure what I expected from these guys, I suspect lousy food and next to no legroom, however sounds like you had a great flight.

The menus look very nice, the kind of thing you want to keep, as others have said, shame no meal pix.

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
Having only previously traveled with Air France out of CDG 2E and 2F, the state of Terminal 2A came as a bit of a shock…it seems very cramped, old and lots of bare concrete…in need of some TLC and refurbishment

- Indeed, it's not the greatest entrance or exit to France.

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
After take off, the cabin crew came around, handing out the meal menus for the flight and a rather cool amenity bag

- Nice touch, not many airlines give these out in Y these days.

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
I caught a glimpse of Air Mauritius’ new livery, which when compared to the classic Paille-en-Queue is a bit of a bland washout in my opinion

- Indeed, dull as dishwater!

The bus pictures with the airline colours and names were pretty interesting, not seen this kind of thing before.

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinePieterBoth From Mauritius, joined Jan 2010, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 13272 times:

Thanks again for the comments!

Quoting ronerone (Reply 13):
All that served on a 'domestic' flight too!

Best domestic flight I've taken  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
What seat were you sitting in on the outbound from CDG?

I was in 15L from CDG-RUN, had a great view of the right hand side engine

Quoting RTWflyer (Reply 17):
One question: how long is the flight time from CDG to RUN? I would assume around 12 hrs?

Almost, it's 11 hours from CDG to RUN ...

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 14):
Boeing 787ER .....lol...very futuristic....

Giving Boeing something to think about  


User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1342 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 13190 times:
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Quoting PieterBoth (Reply 19):
I was in 15L from CDG-RUN, had a great view of the right hand side engine
http://www.air-austral.com/uploads/tx_templavoila/777-300-er-140110_01.jpg

Would that be the equivalent of row 18 and 19 on Etihad?

http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Eti...tihad_Airways_Boeing_777-300ER.php


User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 858 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 12952 times:

Hi Peter,

that was a pleasant read honestly!!! UU provides a fair quality product troughout the whole journey

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):

I awoke to the sound of birds (no, only kidding)

Very funny, maybe before this heavenly trip, a premonitory dream?  
Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
that many private bus companies like to paint their buses with airline colours or aircraft,

it's very unusual to see so many "aviation" fans indeed.

i've read somewhere that RUN-MRU is one of the most expensive international route! is it true?

thank again

East African Spotter



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User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 12751 times:

Wow, great TR! Really nice to see a EK advertisment with a Prague picture, cool to see a Prague landscape in Mauricius!

Cheers



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User currently offlinePieterBoth From Mauritius, joined Jan 2010, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 12485 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 20):
Would that be the equivalent of row 18 and 19 on Etihad?

Hi there, yes I think it would be around Etihad's row 18/19.

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 21):
i've read somewhere that RUN-MRU is one of the most expensive international route! is it true?

Indeed, it's not the cheapest that's for sure. It's between EUR 200 and 300 return which I think is pretty steep considering the flight is only 40 minutes. You have a choice of either Air Mauritius or Air Austral.

Quoting Checo77 (Reply 22):
cool to see a Prague landscape in Mauricius!

That's what I thought! I love Prague, so it was nice to see the Charles Bridge looking over Port Louis   I'm not sure many people there would've known it was Prague though! I may be wrong of course...


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6942 posts, RR: 77
Reply 24, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12193 times:

Hi Peter,

great report about this rare airline, I have somehow missed it.

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
After take off, the cabin crew came around, handing out the meal menus for the flight and a rather cool amenity bag (I’ve never had this in economy on other airlines):
Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
The crew soon came around with the dinner service, which was:

Amenity kit and menu card - really impressive.

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
It was, in one foul swoop, the best meal I had eaten in economy ever. The chocolate fondant was delicious, I could seriously have eaten several more
Quoting PieterBoth (Reply 10):
I completely didn't think of taking a photo ...

Next time, ok?

Quoting PieterBoth (Thread starter):
Some wishful thinking…B747 in Air Mauritius colours:

MK did operate 747s:


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PH



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User currently offlinePieterBoth From Mauritius, joined Jan 2010, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (4 years 2 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 12043 times:

Hi PH

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 24):
MK did operate 747s:

Indeed, I should've put 747-400 in Air Mauritius colours  
First time I flew MK was LHR-MRU in 1989 on their 747SP, but I was 7 and can't remember much of the experience...


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