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Lessor’s Strategy to Grow Customer Base in Africa Aims to Support the Region’s Accelerating Aviation Market Growth

CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (“CDB Aviation”), a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”), announced the signing of a lease agreement for one new Airbus A320neo aircraft with the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles.

“We are delighted to welcome our newest customer in Africa, Air Seychelles, and to support the carrier’s plan to renew its fleet and deliver increased efficiency to its regional network,” said CDB Aviation Chief Commercial Officer Patrick Hannigan. “We congratulate Air Seychelles on their investment in one of our A320neos, and we look forward to building a strong partnership that will advance their long-term growth strategy.”

Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer Remco Althuis commented: “We are very pleased to announce that the lease agreement with CDB Aviation has been completed. This is a significant milestone, bringing us closer to the introduction of the A320neo.”

Althuis explained that the new aircraft, which is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2019, will position Air Seychelles as the “airline of choice within the Indian Ocean,” servicing the high demand
routes including Johannesburg and Mumbai.

“The new order will not only enable Air Seychelles to gradually replace its existing jet fleet with modern new aircraft, but it will also enable us to further strengthen the business by operating in a more efficient manner. We thank the CDB Aviation team for their cooperation and support throughout the process,”added Althuis.

Hannigan concluded: “CDB Aviation is well positioned to support airlines in Africa’s fast-tracking aviation market to meet the region’s accelerating growth. Our robust orderbook for the most advanced and efficient aircraft, as well as our increasing global platform, offer African carriers avenues to further strengthen their businesses and ensure they meet demand and grow sustainably.”

About Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. As the main driver of tourism in Seychelles, it is a core pillar of the national economy.

The airline offers international flights to Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai and Tel Aviv as well as charter services on demand. On the domestic network, Air Seychelles operates daily domestic flights between Mahe and Praslin as well as charter services throughout the archipelago.

In 2020, Air Seychelles won the most coveted title of ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline’ at the World Travel Awards. The full service carrier was also recognized as ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class’ and ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew ’at World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Winners Day.