Air Seychelles hosted a special awards ceremony to recognise long-serving staff for their contribution to the airline. A total of 70 staff, who have worked for the airline between 10 and 40 years, were presented with certificates of service during the celebration, which took place at the VIP Lounge in Seychelles International Airport.

The event gathered staff across the business, from cabin crew to pilots, technicians, mechanics, load controllers, lounge agents and other departments, who were joined by Jean Weeling-Lee, Chairman of Air Seychelles, Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer and senior management.

Mr Althuis said: “People are the backbone of any successful company, and this is particularly true at Air Seychelles, whose passionate and tight-knit staff are one of its strongest assets. I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate our staff for reaching important service milestones at Air Seychelles, some of whom have been with the airline from the very first year it was established in 1977. Their commitment and hard work throughout the years has enabled Air Seychelles to succeed and we are very grateful for their efforts.”

As the national airline, Air Seychelles has been a key employer in Seychelles since it took to the skies four decades ago, providing numerous avenues for Seychellois to pursue an exciting career in the aviation industry. More than 98% of staff at the airline are Seychellois.

Walter Uzice, an Aircraft Technician who joined the national airline in 1977, was one of three staff presented with an award for 40 years of service.He said: “I feel proud to have been part of the incredible journey Air Seychelles has undertaken since it was launched. Over the years I have had a fantastic opportunity to learn and work on various aircraft, perform line maintenance and prepare our aircraft for flight. I have seen the development of our fleet first-hand and feel proud whenever one of our modern Airbuses touches down on Mahé. It has been a great experience.”

Magdalena Hubert, Manager Cabin Safety and Standards, as well as Felix Payet, Loading Coordinator, also celebrated 40 years of service yesterday.

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, Mumbai and Tel Aviv. 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.