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Air Mauritius is now flying its new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft on selected flights between Perth and Port Louis, Mauritius, bringing with it an upgraded business class experience to start your tropical holiday off in style.
On board, 28 business class seats in a 1-2-1 layout, each offering direct aisle access and transforming into a fully-flat bed:
Seats alternate between being closer to and further away from the aisle, as seen on many other airlines, so couples travelling together may wish to call 'first dibs' on a centre pair of seats:
While the Mauritius-Perth leg is an overnight flight, the journey out of Perth departs early afternoon, on which passengers can make better use of the A330neo's 17-inch HDTV inflight entertainment screens...
... with satellite-based WiFi Internet access also available if you need to tidy up any last-minute work before arriving at your holiday destination – or, far more likely, post an obligatory holiday-related status on social media.
At first, the Airbus A330-900neo won't appear on every Perth flight – the others being served by the Airbus A330-200, which still offers 1-2-1 business class seating – although the airline plans to use its newest A330s on all Perth services "by early 2020."
With flights currently running between Perth and Mauritius twice per week, MK441 is wheels-up in Perth at 1:05pm on Sundays and Wednesdays, touching down in time for dinner at 5:45pm local time after a journey of eight hours and 40 minutes.
On the way back, MK440 takes to the skies at 10:40pm from Port Louis' Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport on Tuesdays and Saturdays, reaching Perth at 9:10am the next calendar day, being a faster trip of just six hours and 30 minutes.
While Perth is the only Australian destination served by Air Mauritius, the airline maintains a limited codeshare partnership with Virgin Australia, whereby passengers travelling from other cities (such as Sydney) can first fly to Perth with Virgin Australia, and then onward with Air Mauritius as part of the same ticket.
However, Air Mauritius is not an airline partner of the Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer scheme, so Velocity points can't be earned or spent on Air Mauritius flights.
Instead, the airline runs its own Kestrelflyer scheme, and also has partnerships with Air France/KLM Flying Blue, as well as Emirates Skywards, through which a return business class flight between Perth and Mauritius can be had for 108,000 Skywards miles (or 54,000 Skywards miles in economy) aboard Air Mauritius.