(Posted 17th January 2022)
Air Seychelles fleet of seven aircraft comprising two Airbus A320neos and five DHC-6 Twin Otter-400
series, with an average age of 4.3 years, has been ranked as the third youngest fleet in Africa by chaviation.
The award ceremony, held virtually today, dedicated to airlines across the globe keeping a young,
modern and efficient fleet of new generations’ aircraft, also covers airlines contribution towards fuel
efficiency, sustainable development, including significant improvement in decreasing carbon
It was in 2019 and 2020 respectively, that Air Seychelles took delivery of two brand new fuel
efficient Airbus A320neo aircraft, both named after Seychelles critically endangered endemic
birds, as part of its fleet, in-line with its transformation plan.
Equipped with the latest inflight technology, featuring fuel-saving wingtip devices known as
sharklets, based on its lightweight composite structure, the aircraft to date delivers an average of 20
per cent fuel savings per flight.
Powered by the new generation LEAP-1A engine from CFM International, the jetliner also produces
approximately 50 percent reduced noise footprint and nitrogen oxides (N0x) compared to the
airline’s previous fleet of Airbus A320ceo’s, playing a significant role in the environmental initiatives
of the airline.
Sandy Benoiton, Air Seychelles Acting Chief Executive said: “I am pleased that Air Seychelles has
been ranked third in Africa for maintaining the youngest fleet of aircraft on its network.
“The award, dedicated to all those who were involved in the airlines’ fleet renewal four years ago,
does not only show that Air Seychelles has a fleet of aircraft that operates economically, but it
further demonstrates that the environmental impact caused by aircraft, was given due consideration
when opting for the best fleet for Air Seychelles, of which today we are proud that our efforts
to minimize our environmental footprints has also been recognized.”
First place for the world’s, and Africa’s, youngest fleet has been awarded to Uganda Airlines
maintaining an average aircraft age of 1.15 years whilst the airline subsidiary of Kenya Airways,
Jambojet of six de Havilland DHC8-Q400s averaging 2.78 years old is ranked second.
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