AIR SEYCHELLES RETURNS TWO B767-200 TO ILFC
Negotiations over the early return of two leased B767-200 aircraft to the International Lease Finance Corporation were successfully concluded earlier in the week and the first of the two birds, Isle de Bijoutier flew out of Mahe International Airport today after the required final engineering checks had been successfully concluded and all data and records were loaded on board.
The recently installed new CEO of Air Seychelles, Bram Stellar, had as one of his first actions moved to off load these two older B767s to allow the airline go ahead with a fleet revision, due to the extraordinary long delays in obtaining their ordered B787s.
The second aircraft to be returned to ILFC, named Amirantes will leave the Seychelles some time next week, leaving HM three B767-300 to operate their scheduled flights to London, Paris, Milan, Rome, Singapore and Johannesburg.
It could not be established if the return of these two aircraft would be a trade in or if any penalties were incurred by Air Seychelles for the premature end of the leases which were to run until 2013 and 2014 respectively.