Lifeline for Air Seychelles’ staff as Seychelles Airlines eyes flight launch later this year


(Posted 07th May 2018)


Staff made redundant by national airline Air Seychelles are now looking at new privately owned Seychelles Airways to find a new workplace.
The airline, backed by prominent Seychelles’ lawyer Phillippe Boule alongside others, has according to sources from Victoria made arrangements to lease two Boeing B767-300’s to launch flight operations later this year.
According to the source is the new airline, which had been blocked for several year through political maneuvering over its chosen name, aiming to fly from Mahe to Europe as well as to Asian destinations seen as a potential source market to bring tourists into the archipelago, now that the Seychelles national airline has been emasculated by ‘partner’ Etihad and left out in the cold by their own government which handed French upstart JOON traffic rights on days when Air Seychelles has been operating from Paris.
Air Seychelles made nearly 200 staff redundant, among them crew, who now hope to qualify for intake when the two leased Boeing B767’s arrive on Mahe. Being already type approved by the Seychelles’ Civil Aviation Authority – Air Seychelles used to operate this aircraft type before through the dictates of Etihad then had to switch to Airbus A330 – and attaining a type rating to fly on this aircraft type for crew will simply require a relatively short type conversion course.
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