Seychelles aviation update – Air Seychelles gets new Director Flight Ops


Captain Ralph Saminaden, already a senior captain and Deputy Director Flight Operations on the airline’s B 767 fleet, has earlier in the week been appointed as the new ‘Director Flight Operations’, a major career advance for Capt. Ralph considering the at the position has long been held by an expatriate staff. He can look back at a long and distinguished career which started according to details available with the Seychelles defense force pilot before eventually joining the domestic services of Air Seychelles. After rising to Acting Chief Pilot Domestic Operations he then moved on to the airline’s jet aircraft, serving after successful type rating as First Officer before being promoted to Captain in 1996. He went on to become Chief Pilot International Services in 2002 before being appointed as General Manager Flight Operations. In 2008 the appointment as Deputy Director Flight Operations followed before rising to Director in his latest promotion.

The Seychelles national airline is presently undergoing restructuring and with the emphasis on training and then promoting citizens for crucial positions in the airline this policy has once again paid off very well.

Congratulations to Capt. Ralph who will now ensure that the ‘Creole Spirit’ continues to fly high and on time.