Airbus A340 - Air Mauritius
Mauritius is a small paradise-like tropical island in the Indian Ocean about 800 km east of Madagascar. It is famous for its white beaches, clear sea water, mountains and tropical forests. With a population of around 1.2 million people the island has a rather big intercontinental airline, Air Mauritius. Air Mauritius was founded in 1967 and began airline operations in 1972 with a Piper Navajo. Today Air Mauritius flies to points in Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia and offers domestic services to other islands.
Its first widebodies were Boeing 747SP aircraft, operated between 1984 and 1994. Later it operated the Boeing 767: two 767-200ERs and one 767-300ER. Today it flies two Airbus A330s and six Airbus A340s: four standard A340-300s and two A340-300Es. The first A340 was delivered in 1994. Air Mauritius was the first airline on the southern hemisphere to fly the A340. The aircraft on the picture is approaching London Heathrow Airport.