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Air Seychelles has for the first time ever made history by operating into the capital of New South Wales and one of Australia’s largest cities, Sydney, as part of a special charter conducted yesterday.

The A320neo jetliner ‘Pti Merl Dezil’ which flew from Maldives to Australia carrying a group of 38 players from the Australian Indian Premier Cricket League, successfully landed at the Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport at about 7.30am (local time in Sydney) under the command of Captain Randy Francois and Julius Nancy.

The players who were looked after by Cabin Manager Jacques Tirant, Cabin Senior Kethra Quatre as well as Flight Attendant Nelly Fostel and Vigel Rosette, had been staying in the Maldives following the suspension of their tournament in India earlier this month, due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles said: “This remarkable achievement clearly demonstrates the capabilities of our company, the hard work, agility and perseverance of our team, who continues to push boundaries during this unprecedented operational environment with great determination. I am extremely proud of the Air Seychelles team!”

The airlines’ Chief Commercial Officer, Charles Johnson, added: “It has been an honour to work with Air Partner Middle East and Cricket Australia to bring home the Australian Cricket team after their tour in India.

“While we are a small airline, we have big wings, capable of achieving heights and destinations beyond our usual network. It is also clear that sporting teams and charter clients around the world trust in Air Seychelles to deliver their VIP guests safely at their destination.”

Over the past months, Air Seychelles has also operated charter flights from Pakistan carrying the South African national cricket team home following their test match series in Karachi, including a special flight from Antananarivo to Addis Ababa for the Madagascar’s national football team CAN2022 qualifications.

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.