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Air Seychelles to take delivery of airbus A320, enhance flight schedules and increase frequencies

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:

Flight
Departs
Time
Arrives
Time
Aircraft
Frequency
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:

Flight
Departs
Time
Arrives
Time
Aircraft
Frequency
HM 0060
JNB
12:25
SEZ
19:20
A330-200
Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday
 
HM 0061
SEZ
08:00
JNB
11:10

Mauritius schedule, effective 1 December 2014:

Flight
Departs
Time
Arrives
Time
Aircraft
Frequency
HM 0054
MRU
16:30
SEZ
19:05
A320
Monday, Friday
A330-200
Saturday
HM 0055
SEZ
09:30
MRU
12:05
A320
Monday, Friday
A330-200
Saturday
 

Abu Dhabi schedule, effective 1 December 2014:

Flight
Departs
Time
Arrives
Time
Aircraft
Frequency
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
HM 0087
AUH
02:15
SEZ
06:50
A330-200
Saturday
A320
Tuesday, Thursday
HM 018
SEZ
20:35
AUH
01:05+1
A330-200
Saturday
A320
Monday, Wednesday, Sunday
HM 019
AUH
08:20
SEZ
12:55
A330-200
Tuesday
HM 0187
AUH
02:15
SEZ
06:50
A320*
Monday
A330-200
Friday, Sunday

*operated by A330-200 from 1 Dec –7 Dec

Hong Kong flight schedule, effective 2 December 2014:

Flight
Departs
Time
Arrives
Time
Aircraft
Frequency
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
AUH
02:15
SEZ
06:50+1
A320
Monday, Wednesday
A330-200
Friday

About Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai. Air Seychelles also offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including 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.