Special Qantas flight brings over 200 visitors to the Seychelles


(Posted 30th October 2013)

A special Qantas chartered Boeing B747-400 landed last evening at the international airport on Mahe, bringing 215 travellers to the archipelago under the banner of ‘Captain’s Choice’, an Australian specialized tour operation using private jets to take their clientele to exotic locations around the world.

The idea to bring Australians to the Seychelles in such a major operation was born as a result of President James Alix Michel’s state visit to Australia last year, when Tourism Minister Alain St. Ange and his cabinet colleage from Foreign Affairs Jean Paul Adam met with the owner of the company during a business dinner and set the ball rolling. This is the third such trip stopping over in the Seychelles since the company was formed in 1994 and this particular flight had a routing from Australia via Phnom Phen, Mandalay, Aggra, Amman, Addis Ababa and Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania, before flying for a final stop on this tour to magical Seychelles.

Mason’s Travel, one of the Seychelles’ leading DMC’s, was handling the passengers and took them to their resorts at the Constance Ephelia, The Seychelles Kempinski and La Meridien Barbaron before the this morning showing them the sites on Mahe. Many of the passengers were already today flying to Praslin on Air Seychelles’ domestic services to see the Vallee de Mai where the unique Coco de Mer is found while others took the ferry to Praslin and on to La Digue to explore some of the world’s greatest beaches.

The visit comes at a time when the Festival Kreol is nearing its grand final and it was befitting that a group of Kreol dancers and musicians welcomed the tourists as they stepped off their plane. Notably did news also break earlier today that the Lonely Planet Guide has named the Seychelles as their 7th most desirable destination for 2014, adding yet more fosuc among their readership to come to the archipelago and enjoy the warm hospitality in a place like no other on earth. The Qantas special flight will leave back for Australia after a three day stay in the Seychelles. Watch this space for breaking and regular aviation and tourism news, told right here before available anywhere else.