Seychelles aviation news – ‘HM’ ends UK MoD contract to Falklands


Information was sourced from Mahe that the contract between the British Ministry of Defense to operate flights between the UK air force base in Brize – Norton and the Falklands, via Ascension Island is going to expire this weekend and that ‘HM’ will not be seeking a contract renewal.

Air Seychelles was selected by the MoD as a proven operator to remote island locations, and has two decades of experience in operating the B767 from and to Mahe. The last flight for the MoD will be this Friday following which the aircraft will return to the Seychelles from where it will be deployed as of 08th September on the regular route between Mahe via Rome to London. The installed ‘medical suite’ which was providing for the uplift of seriously ill people or service personnel from the Falklands will be removed from the aircraft and the standard business / economy configuration restored.

The Executive Chairman of Air Seychelles, Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne reportedly commented that the airline would now mind its core business of passenger air transport between the archipelago and key destinations from where tourists fly to the islands and had therefore decided to opt out of the arrangements with the British Defense Ministry.

It was also learned that the long search for a new Chief Executive Officer has apparently yielded results and the ‘new man’, known to this correspondent already for some time, will be revealed in due course.

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