(Posted 15th November 2022)
The Air Seychelles family mourns the untimely passing of the airline’s first ever female captain, Ms. Nicole Chang-Leng.
Nicole was with the airline since 1997 when she started to fly as a First Officer on the short haul Twin Otter, before being promoted to full pilot on the same aircraft type in 1999.
In 2001, after a type rating conversion training, she moved to international operations again as a First Officer on the Boeing B767 before being promoted to Captain in August 2007 by then CEO Capt. David Savy.
She was in command of the first all female crew flight ever by the airline between Seychelles and Mauritius in 2007 and continued flying the B767 until it was phased out and the airline acquired the Airbus A330.
Capt. Savy in a condolence message said he knew Nicole as a role model to so many, no matter their gender and that he felt “privileged to have had her in our lives and celebrate her outstanding and historical achievements.”
Nicole was only 45 years of age when she unexpectedly passed away.
ATCNews, whose publisher had met her during one of his past visits to the islands, also extends condolences to the family, friends and colleagues at Air Seychelles.