Air Seychelles has today carried the Seychelles national football team from Maldives to homeland following their victory at the Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy competition held in Sri Lanka.

The flight commanded by captain, Winsley Confiance and first officer Andre MacGaw were supported by cabin manager Cynthia Berlouis, cabin senior Kethra Quatre as well as flight attendants Angela Nicette and Charlotte Morel, who gave the champions a special welcome upon boarding as they fly the Seychelles colours to homeland.

The Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa Cup also known as the 2021 Four Nations Football Tournament held from 9 to 19 November 2021, gathered the participation of Bangladesh, Maldives, Seychelles including the host, Sri Lanka.

The Seychelles national football team won the prestigious Prime Minister’s Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy at the Racecourse stadium yesterday after beating Sri Lanka on their turf in the final match of the tournament which was played in a round robin format in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sandy Benoiton, Air Seychelles acting chief executive said: “Air Seychelles is extremely proud to have flown the national football team, the champions of the Mahinda Rajapaksa Trophy, back home today.

Having flown various sports teams across the globe this year, we are indeed pleased to have our very own Seychelles team on board our flight and on behalf of the entire Air Seychelles family, we extend our congratulations and very best to the Seychelles national football team for raising the island’s flag high.”

The Seychelles national football team departed Seychelles on 6 November, 2021 on board a special flight to Sri Lanka, operated by the airline’s A320neo aircraft of 168 seats. 

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’.