Seychelles, 2014-7-31 — /Travel PR News/ — Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, will take delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft in December 2014, heralding significant enhancements to its international flight schedule at the same time.
The changes, effective 1 December, include increased weekly frequencies between Seychelles and Abu Dhabi, more capacity on flights to Mauritius, and revised schedules for routes to and from Johannesburg, Mauritius, and Paris.
Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer, Manoj Papa, said: “The addition of a two-cabin Airbus A320 aircraft to our fleet, configured with 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy Class, forms an essential component of our plan to establish Air Seychelles as the carrier of choice in the Indian Ocean region.
“The aircraft, a wet lease from partner Etihad Airways, will allow Air Seychelles to extend the depth and breadth of its network, increase its regional brand presence, and crucially deliver more revenue which will be used to further develop Air Seychelles’ expanding services.
“Subject to regulatory approvals and beyond confirmed schedule updates and frequency enhancements, additional route announcements are planned in the coming months, so that by the end of 2014 our brightly-coloured aircraft will be seen at many more destinations.
“I am particularly excited for the increased capacity on our Mauritius route, which will provide our guests with more flexible travel options.”
From December, Mauritius services will move to a morning departure from Seychelles, operating on Monday, Friday and Saturday, with the Saturday service flown by the island carrier’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft, providing 29 per cent more seat capacity.
Paris services operated by Air Seychelles’ Airbus A330-200 wide-body aircraft will sport new flight numbers, and depart Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday and Saturday respectively, arriving in Seychelles Thursday and Sunday. Similarly, flights to Paris will depart Seychelles on Tuesday and Friday, arriving in Paris the following day.
Johannesburg’s three weekly wide-body services will operate on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, offering a convenient new weekend option for guests.
Air Seychelles’ services between Abu Dhabi and Seychelles will increase from 14 to 18 flights per week, while partner Etihad Airways will continue to operate three return services per week on the same route, offering customers a choice of 24 weekly flights between Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.
Mr Papa said: “Our new fleet arrival, enhanced schedule and additional frequencies take Air Seychelles to the next level.
“Combined, these developments will cement Air Seychelles’ successful turnaround strategy, increase and secure inbound tourism flows to Seychelles, and economically, be hugely positive in terms of facilitating more trade across our network.
“Our international network continues to perform well and with these additional flights, we look forward to increasing connectivity to key markets important for Seychelles tourism – in Asia such as Beijing, Chennai, Delhi, Riyadh, and Tokyo, as well as in traditional and emerging European markets including Rome, Moscow and Paris.
Tickets for the new schedule are on sale from today and be purchased online via airseychelles.com, through a travel agent, by visiting Air Seychelles sales offices, or by calling the Air Seychelles’ Call Centre on +248 439 1000.
AIR SEYCHELLES SCHEDULE FROM DECEMBER 2014 (ALL TIMES ARE LOCAL)
Paris flight schedule, effective 2 December 2014:
|HM 0008||SEZ||20:35||CDG||06:45+1||A330-200||Tuesday, Friday|
|HM 0007||CDG||20:35||SEZ||12:40||A330-200||Wednesday, Saturday|
Johannesburg flight schedule, effective 2 December 2014:
|HM 0060||JNB||12:25||SEZ||19:20||A330-200||Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday|
Mauritius schedule, effective 1 December 2014:
|HM 0054||MRU||16:30||SEZ||19:05||A320||Monday, Friday|
|HM 0055||SEZ||09:30||MRU||12:05||A320||Monday, Friday|
Abu Dhabi schedule, effective 1 December 2014:
|HM 0008||SEZ||20:35||AUH||01:05||A330-200||Tuesday, Friday|
|HM 0007||AUH||08:05||SEZ||12:40||A330-200||Thursday, Sunday|
|HM 0086||SEZ||15:40||AUH||20:10||A330-200||Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday|
|A320||Monday, Wednesday, Sunday|
*operated by A330-200 from 1 Dec –7 Dec
Hong Kong flight schedule, effective 2 December 2014:
|HM 0086||SEZ||15:40||HKG||09:05||A330-200||Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday|
|HM 0087||HKG||18:20||AUH||23:25||A330-200||Monday, Wednesday, Friday|
For more information please contact:
General Manager Corporate Affairs
Phone: +248 4 39 10 32
Mobile: +248 2 52 57 41
Fax: +248 4 39 11 81
About Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mauritius, and Paris. Air Seychelles also offers more than 160 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, as well as domestic charter services. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder. For more information, please visit: www.airseychelles.com