Air Mauritius was incorporated in June 1967 and it started its operations modestly with a Piper-Navajo. The destiny of Air Mauritius is forged in the ambition of the people of Mauritius who, since accession to independence, refused the perspective of isolation.The first flights to the Sister-island of La Reunion favoured the taking off of a regional identity. From there, with the symbol of the Phaeton Rubicola, the legendary bird commonly called Paille-en-Queue; Air Mauritius has drawn new routes over the oceans to link continents. In this way a tradition was instituted; a tradition made up of the constant need to evolve towards renewed horizons.Today, 40 years later, the national carrier of Mauritius flies direct to several European, Asian, African and Regional destinations – more than 25. The company is also proud of its young fleet which is composed of mainly Airbus aircraft – A340 - 300’s, A319-100’s, two new A340-300E and A330-200 as well. For the island destinations – Rodrigues and Reunion – ATR72-500 aircraft are operated. About a decade back, Air Mauritius was also approved as a JAR (Joint Aviation Requirements) 145 Maintenance Organisation by the French Direction Generale de L'Aviation Civile (DGAC). Since May 2004, Air Mauritius was approved as a Part 145 Maintenance Organisation by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). This approval allows Air Mauritius to provide Aircraft and Aircraft Components maintenance services to European Aircraft Operators and other airlines operators which require a Part 145 Certificate of Release to Service.Safety and security have always been at the heart of the company’s operations and the company has successfully been through the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). This IOSA Certificate is one of the pre-requisites for IATA membership and enables all carriers to have a common agreed standard for operational safety in the global air transport industry. Beyond offering an excellent product on all its routes, the company is already renowned for the high level of service provided in-flight and on ground for which it has been internationally awarded on several occasions.