#AirSeychelles to take delivery of second Airbus A320neo


(Posted 05th December 2019)

Air Seychelles has earlier today confirmed the delivery of its second A320neo aircraft in April 2020 to ATCNews.
The new generation aircraft forms part of the airlines plan to renew its fleet and will generate superior efficiency, lower operating costs and will significantly reduce the airline’s environmental footprint.

Equipped with 12 Business and 156 Economy Class seats, similar to the current A320neo aircraft, the latest addition to the fleet will also be named after one of Seychelles critically endangered birds, as part of the airline’s commitment to raise awareness about the protection of the Seychelles ecosystem and its endemic species.
In addition to providing increased capacity across the airlines network, the newest acquisition will further improve the operational performance of the airline, allowing better schedule flexibility within the overall flight programme, especially when conducting the aircraft allocation plan according to a specific route, apart from standardizing the galley equipment on board the aircraft.
Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles said: “The delivery of the second A320neo aircraft will complete an integral part of the Air Seychelles business transformation plan, related to the entire refresh of the airlines jet fleet.
Besides operating the most technologically advanced aircraft in the region, in 2020, Air Seychelles will also maintain the youngest fleet of modern aircraft in the Indian Ocean, thus positioning itself as the airline of choice in the region.
For the past three months, the overall on-time-performance of the current fleet has been operating at 83 per cent and by next year with the arrival of the second A320neo aircraft, we expect this performance to improve significantly.”

In August 2019, Air Seychelles became the first airline to take delivery and operate the first A320neo aircraft in Africa.

Following a successful three months of operation and having completed 298 flights, to date, the new aircraft has generated 20 per cent fuel savings on average per flight, with approximately 50 percent reduced noise footprint and nitrogen oxides.