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The airline was created by the French company Group Bourbon in November 2002 and started scheduled services to mainland France on 7 June 2003 with one Airbus 340-211 (ex-Air Tahiti Nui leased from Airbus Assets). The first route was Reunion (RUN) to Paris-Orly (ORY) via Lyon (LYS). During 2003 the airline had up to 196 staff (mostly former Air Lib and Aero Lyon employees), including 21 pilots, 61 cabin crew and 115 ground staff.
After operations had to be ceased again shortly thereafter due to financial constraints, a recapitalisation of the airline was announced in January 2004, but in December of the same year the airline was liquidated and shut down.
Air Comores International
An effort to relaunch the company under the new name Air Comores International (to be based in Moroni, Comoros, again offering flights to France) failed, and it finally went out of business in 2006.
- "Contact." Air Bourbon. 19 June 2004. Retrieved on 10 July 2010.
- Article on the proposed launch of Air Comores International
- Air Bourbon fleet list at planespotters.net
- OAG Official Airlines Guide and Jetstream magazines