Air Seychelles fleet of seven aircraft comprising two Airbus A320neos and five DHC-6 Twin Otter-400 series, with an average age of 4.3 years, has been ranked as the third youngest fleet in Africa by ch-aviation.
The award ceremony, held virtually today, dedicated to airlines across the globe keeping a young, modern and efficient fleet of new generations’ aircraft, also covers airlines contribution towards fuel efficiency, sustainable development, including significant improvement in decreasing carbon emissions.
It was in 2019 and 2020 respectively, that Air Seychelles took delivery of two brand new fuel efficient Airbus A320neo aircraft, both named after Seychelles critically endangered endemic birds, as part of its fleet, in-line with its transformation plan.
Equipped with the latest inflight technology, featuring fuel-saving wingtip devices known as sharklets, based on its lightweight composite structure, the aircraft to date delivers an average of 20 per cent fuel savings per flight.
Powered by the new generation LEAP-1A engine from CFM International, the jetliner also produces approximately 50 percent reduced noise footprint and nitrogen oxides (N0x) compared to the airline’s previous fleet of Airbus A320ceo's, playing a significant role in the environmental initiatives of the airline.
Sandy Benoiton, Air Seychelles Acting Chief Executive said: “I am pleased that Air Seychelles has been ranked third in Africa for maintaining the youngest fleet of aircraft on its network.
"The award, dedicated to all those who were involved in the airlines' fleet renewal four years ago, does not only show that Air Seychelles has a fleet of aircraft that operates economically, but it further demonstrates that the environmental impact caused by aircraft, was given due consideration when opting for the best fleet for Air Seychelles, of which today we are proud that our efforts to minimize our environmental footprints has also been recognized."
First place for the world’s, and Africa’s, youngest fleet has been awarded to Uganda Airlines maintaining an average aircraft age of 1.15 years whilst the airline subsidiary of Kenya Airways, Jambojet of six de Havilland DHC8-Q400s averaging 2.78 years old is ranked second.
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About Air Seychelles
The Seychelles' national carrier was incorporated in 1977 and was formally named 'Air Seychelles' in 1978. The airline began long-haul operations in 1983 and continues to remain one of the tourism pillars contributing towards the island's strongest growing economic sector.
In 2021, Air Seychelles managed to retain the most coveted title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards including, ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class and Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew . The airline also marked a historic milestone at the 28th edition of the World Travel Awards for having its premium lounge recognised for the first time ever as ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Lounge 2021’.