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Air Austral resumes world’s longest Airbus A220 flight

Air Austral yesterday resumed flying between Reunion and Chennai using Airbus A220, thus once again making it the world’s longest Airbus A220 flight.

Air Austral is presently operating a once-weekly flight between Aéroport de La Réunion Roland Garros and Chennai International Airport. The flights are operating with the following schedule:

  • Reunion-Chennai
  • Departure time: 11:05
  • Arrival time: 18:45
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: UU737
  • Frequency: Only Fridays
  • Chennai-Reunion
  • Departure time: 07:10
  • Arrival time: 11:50
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: UU738
  • Frequency: Only Saturdays

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As of 12th July 2022, Air Austral will operate twice-weekly flights between the two cities with the following schedule:

  • Reunion-Chennai
  • Departure time: 22:20
  • Arrival time: 06:00 (the next day)
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: UU737
  • Frequency: Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Chennai-Reunion
  • Departure time: 07:10
  • Arrival time: 11:50
  • Flight time: 6 hours and 10 minutes
  • Flight number: UU737
  • Frequency: Wednesdays and Saturdays

Air Austral had suspended the Reunion-Chennai route at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic along with several other routes. Now the airline feels that the demand is back and it is the right time to restart flights to Chennai.

Chennai is one of many destinations featured in the airline’s list of regional destinations. Air Austral is already flying to several destinations, including Mauritius, Mayotte, Johannesburg, Seychelles and Moroni.

The Reunion-Chennai route, at 2,870 nautical miles, is the world’s longest Airbus A220 route.

Air Austral’s Airbus A220s feature 12 Comfort seats (Extra reclining Business Class-like seats) in a 2-2 configuration and 120 Leisure seats (standard Economy Class seats) in a 2-3 configuration.

Featured image by Airbus

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