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1971: Short airstrips are built on the islands of Praslin and Frégate, complementing the main runway on Mahé, after a swift rise in the number of passengers travelling to Seychelles by air.
1977: The Government of Seychelles purchases several small aircraft operators and groups them together under one company tasked with operating interisland air services.
1978: The domestic airline is officially renamed “Air Seychelles”.
1983: The government decides to expand into the long-haul passenger business and acquires a Douglas DC 10 aircraft. The first weekly flight to Europe is launched on 26 October 1983 with a service between Mahé and London via Frankfurt.
1987: Responding to fast-growing passenger numbers, Air Seychelles purchases two Boeing 707-320 aircraft, naming them Mahé and Silhouette.
1989: Air Seychelles acquires a state-of-the-art Boeing 767-200 ER aircraft. The aircraft lands in Seychelles after a record-breaking 14,311 km flight from Michigan, USA, setting a new distance record for a commercial twin-jet aircraft.
1993: The airline leases a Boeing 757 to expand its network in Europe.
1996: A non-stop Manchester service is introduced, increasing the airline’s international network to 10 destinations.
1997: Air Seychelles and Air France enter a joint venture to operate services between Paris and Seychelles using the island carrier’s Boeing 767 aircraft.
1998: A no-smoking policy is implemented on all flights. In the same year Air Seychelles enters into agreements with Alitalia and British Airways.
2001: Air Seychelles responds to a humanitarian crisis by flying 70 Indian construction workers to Bombay following a major earthquake in the state of Gujarat.
The “Seychelles Plus” frequent flyer programme is launched.
2002: A Fedex service is launched following the signing of an agreement for Air Seychelles to represent the USA-based worldwide courier service.
The airline acquires a 36-seat Shorts 360 aircraft for its domestic network and launches the Indian Ocean Pass Programme with Air Mauritius and Air Austral, giving travellers convenient travel options across the Indian Ocean.
2003: Air Seychelles leases an Antonov-12 aircraft to support the development of Seychelles as a regional cargo hub.
2005: Following the liberalisation of air access into Seychelles, Air Seychelles phases out scheduled services to Maldives, Mumbai and Johannesburg in the course of the year.
2006: Air Seychelles launches the Training Academy, an SCR 11 million technical facility that also serves as an area for the storage and maintenance of aircraft.
To mark the 30th anniversary of Independence Day, Air Seychelles launches a new livery on its interisland fleet featuring large tropical hibiscus flowers.
2007: The airline signs on to be a launch customer for two Twin Otter DHC6-400 aircraft, manufactured by the Canadian-based Viking Air Limited.
Air Seychelles’ “Salon Vallée De Mai” business lounge is officially opened at the international airport. Seating 90 passengers, it offers a modern, elegant and well-appointed setting for business travellers.
Air Seychelles makes regional history as Captain Nicole Change-Leng becomes the airline’s first female pilot and the first Seychellois to captain a Boeing 767 aircraft.
2008: Boeing Commercial Planes of Seattle undertakes repair works on an Air Seychelles Boeing 767 that was damaged after being towed into a barrier fence in Paris. The works are filmed by National
Geographic for “The World’s Toughest Fixes” television programme.
2010: Air Seychelles begins operations to the Falkland Islands as part of a contract with the UK Ministry of Defence, providing the only scheduled air link to the islands.
To mark International Women’s Day, Air Seychelles operates an all-female crew on its service to Paris.
2011: Air Seychelles launches a new corporate livery, designed around the Seychelles ecosystem and featuring the airline’s trademark fairy terns.
2012: Air Seychelles downscales its international network and stops operating scheduled services to Europe. Etihad Airways acquires a 40 per cent stake in Air Seychelles as part of a strategic partnership agreement.
Air Seychelles is restructured and embarks on a two-year turnaround plan to become sustainably profitable.
As part of this, the airline acquires an Airbus A330-200 aircraft and increases frequencies to Abu Dhabi, providing convenient and flexible access to destinations across Etihad Airways’ global network.
2013: Air Seychelles signs a codeshare agreement with airberlin, Cathay Pacific and South African Airways, while continuing to expand its codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways.
In the same year Air Seychelles launches flights to Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi.
Air Seychelles flies down football legend Patrick Vieira from Manchester City for a series of local football clinics with Seychellois youth.
The airline takes delivery of a second Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
2014: Air Seychelles is awarded a prestigious four-star ranking from Skytrax, which is complemented later in the year with two accolades at the World Travel Awards for the best cabin crew and business class in the Indian Ocean.
In July, the airline launches flights to Paris via Abu Dhabi and takes delivery of two new Twin Otter aircraft for its domestic operations.
Air Seychelles acquires an Airbus A320 aircraft in December and starts operating scheduled services to Antananarivo, Dar es Salaam and Mumbai.
The airline also signs codeshare agreements with Alitalia and Hong Kong Airlines in 2014, boosting its connections to Europe and Southeast Asia. In the same year Air Seychelles clinches two top tiles at the World Travel Awards and celebrates the arrival of its first Airbus A320 aircraft which will operate the new routes being Dar es Salaam and Mumbai.