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Air Seychelles and Etihad airways expand codeshare to Kuwait

Saturday 13 July 2013

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, today announced an expansion of its codeshare partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), for travel to Kuwait over Abu Dhabi.

The newly added codeshare destination will see Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways offer 10 seamless return flights per week from Kuwait to the Seychelles, including a daily service. The agreement will see Air Seychelles place its “HM” code on Etihad Airways flights between Kuwait and Abu Dhabi.
 
Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are thrilled to offer Kuwait to the traveling public, thanks to our equity partner Etihad Airways. Kuwait is one of the richest per capita countries in the world and home to a growing and developing outbound leisure market. Guests can now purchase flights to Kuwait on one ticket, making for a simpler and more seamless journey.
 
“Visitor arrivals from the Gulf are up 23% from last year, so it is natural we should target the region for expansion. We are confident these new flights, with sub-two hour connectivity over Abu Dhabi, will stimulate further growth from the region, providing a new source of revenue for the airline as well as the local tourist economy,” said Mr Ball.
 
Jöel Morgan, Minister for Home Affairs and Transport and Chairman of Air Seychelles Board, said: "I am pleased the State of Kuwait has granted approval to this venture, coming soon after the liberalisation of the air services agreement between our two States. 
“With this latest addition, Air Seychelles now offers codeshare flights to Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Bahrain and Oman for a collective 55 return services per week to the Gulf Region, bolstering the visibility of both our national carrier and the Seychelles in one of the fastest growing markets to our archipelago.”
 
The new codeshare flights can be booked online at airseychelles.com, through the airline’s Call Centre on +248 4 38 10 13 (local rates apply), at the airline’s sales offices, or through a travel agency.


Air Seychelles – Etihad Airways codeshare flight schedule

To Seychelles

Departs

Departure Time

Arrives

Arrival Time

Frequency

KWI

04:20

AUH

07:00

Daily

AUH

08:20

SEZ

12:55

Daily

KWI

22:15

AUH

00:55+1

Mon, Wed, Fri

AUH

02:00

SEZ

06:35

Tue, Thu, Sat


From Seychelles

Departs

Departure Time

Arrives

Arrival Time

Frequency

SEZ

20:35

AUH

01:05+1

Daily

AUH

01:55

KWI

02:30

Daily



ENDS

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 and Mauritius. Air Seychelles also offers more than 200 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.

About Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2012 carried 10.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 94 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 78 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and over 80 aircraft on firm order, including 41 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 10 Airbus A380s, the world’s largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia, Aer Lingus and, subject to regulatory approval, will acquire 24 per cent of India’s Jet Airways. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com.

For more information contact:

Alan Renaud
General Manager Corporate Affairs
Tel: +248 4 39 10 34
Mob: +248 2 52 57 41
Email: arenaud@airseychelles.com




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