AIR SEYCHELLES SET TO GET 2 A330-200 AND AT LEAST 1 A320
A regular source from Victoria has confirmed that the Seychelles national airline will between mid and end of June receive their first A330-200 aircraft, painted in Air Seychelles livery. Crews are already training for type conversion from their old licenses for the B767 to the new Airbus, and those who have already graduated are presently flying alongside their colleagues on Etihad routes where the A330 is deployed.
The same source also confirmed that by the end of 2012 or latest in early 2013 a second A330-200 will join the Air Seychelles fleet, besides which an A320 is expected to serve the routes to Mauritius and still to be revealed additional destinations on the African mainland.
Presently are flights between Mahe to Johannesburg and Abu Dhabi operated on a wet leased A330-200 aircraft from Etihad before the exchange will take place in a few weeks time.
Once the second A330 joins Air Seychelles flights to Beijing should commence soon thereafter in early 2013 to offer the first nonstop flight connection between China and the Seychelles. Air Seychelles presently flies twice a week to Johannesburg and four times a week to Abu Dhabi, alongside 4 flights by Etihad under a full code share arrangement, which has already seen Etihads initial 4 flight per week rise to a total of 8, connecting the island like never before with the entire Etihad destination network. Watch this space for regular news from the Indian Ocean islands aviation industry.