Seychelles aviation update – Air Seychelles confirms Dreamliner commitment and moves towards EU emission compliance

Information was received from Mahe overnight that Air Seychelles will begin receiving their ordered B787 Dreamliner aircraft as of 2013, with no specific delivery date however confirmed as yet, probably because Boeing is still struggling to get production of their latest commercial aircraft revved up. Other African airlines like Ethiopian and Kenya Airways too have pending orders for the Dreamliner, and ET will be the first according to information at hand, to receive the brand new plane on the African continent.
Air Seychelles has been successfully flying the B767 for the past two decades and will continue to fly wide bodied aircraft just the same when the new B787 is coming to the archipelago.
Significant operational savings are projected, as is greater cargo and passenger uplift, for the airline with the new state of the art aircraft which only last week got its full certification by the FAA and EASA ahead of launch customer ANA of Japan beginning commercial operations.
The airline has also announced an action plan to comply with the EUs emission control measures, inspite of other airlines having launched legal challenges, so as to ensure continued operations to Air Seychelles key European destinations Paris, London, Milan and Rome. With half of the Seychelles territory declared protected areas the airline may be able to take advantage of free carbon credits to offset their aircraft emissions while within European airspace and details on the final requirements will be appearing here, so watch this space.

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