The island of Mauritius has celebrated its 45th anniversary of independence with a one-off service to the island on an Airbus A380.
The Emirates A380 aircraft arrived in the country earlier today. The Caribbean flight contained many VIP guests including Tim Clark, president of Emirates, Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, Emirates’ senior vice president, commercial operations – Gulf, Middle East & Iran, Adnan Kazim, divisional senior vice president, planning and research and Ahmed Khoory, senior vice president, West Asia and Indian Ocean. Many of the passengers on board the one-off flight to Mauritius booked especially for the unique occasion. “Emirates' operation of the first commercial flight of an A380 to Mauritius on such a symbolic day is testament to the importance of the destination in our network,” said Tim Clark. “Our partnership with the country and Air Mauritius has been strong since we started our operations ten years ago. As a major partner of the tourism industry, we will continue to support the island throughout our network to stimulate in-bound traffic.” Upon arriving in Mauritius the passengers and crew inside the aircraft were greeted by a ceremonial water cannon salute, followed by a welcome from Sarupanand Kinnoo, acting-director of Civil Aviation, Serge Petit, chief executive of Airports of Mauritius and André Viljoen, chief executive of Air Mauritius, an Emirates’ code-share partner on the route. A select few members of the travel industry and the media were then given a guided tour of the Emirate A380. The tour was joined by a group of 150 young Mauritians from around the islands, who were given the chance to test out Emirates’ award winning in flight entertainment system. Image sources: 12