Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles
IATA ICAO Callsign
HM SEY SEYCHELLES
Founded 1977
Hubs Seychelles International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Etihad Guest
Alliance
Fleet size 7
Destinations 6
Company slogan Flying the Creole Spirit
Parent company Government of Seychelles (60%)
Headquarters Mahé, Seychelles
Key people Remco Althuis (CEO)
Revenue US$ 106.9 million (2014)[1]
Profit US$ 3.2 million (2014)[1]
Employees 650 (2014)[1]
Website www.airseychelles.com

Air Seychelles is the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles. Its head office is located at Seychelles International Airport on the island of Mahé and it operates inter-island and international flights and charter flights. The airline is currently 40% owned by Etihad Airways.

History

Establishment

The Seychelles government merged Air Mahé and Inter-Island Airways, creating Seychelles Airlines, on 15 September 1977. Air Seychelles began domestic operations using Britten-Norman Trislander, Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander and later Short 360 aircraft. It was renamed Air Seychelles in September 1978. The airline began international routes in 1983 to Frankfurt and London.

Restructuring

In February 2012 the United Arab Emirates national carrier, Etihad Airways, invested US$45 million in Air Seychelles for a 40% share in the airline following problems of management and profitability. After operating at a loss for two years in a row, Air Seychelles planned to restructure and re-position itself to return to profit. The airline entered into codeshare agreements with Etihad Airways and started flying to Abu Dhabi in March 2012 to connect to Etihad Airways' network of destinations.[2]

On 16 March 2012, Air Seychelles announced a two-year business plan with the objective of improving the carrier's position. The plan outlines the renewal of Air Seychelles fleet, leveraging Etihad Airways equity partnership – known as Etihad Airways Partners (which also includes Alitalia, Jet Airways, Air Serbia and Virgin Australia). The plan included the introduction of Airbus A330−200 aircraft after over two decades of an all-Boeing fleet which included Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Boeing 737 and Boeing 707 aircraft, increased frequencies to key destinations, and a close cooperation with Etihad Airways in key business areas.[2]

On 12 March 2015, Air Seychelles released their results for 2014, declaring US$3.2 million in net profits.[2]

In January 2018 however, Air Seychelles reported a major restructuring which leads to the closure of its remaining long-haul route to Paris as well as the return of its two Airbus A330 long-haul aircraft. Amongst other cost saving measures, the airline will focus on its regional network in the future.[3]

Corporate affairs

Livery

In October 2011, after nearly 25 years in the traditional red, white and green local colours with two white terns (Gygis alba, the national bird of Seychelles), Air Seychelles painted its first Boeing 767-300ER aircraft in the company's new colours. The colours used on the tail end are blue, green, red and white.

Services

All Air Seychelles flights are operated by an Airbus A320. Business Class includes luxury premium leather seats, leg rest and integrated footrest, adjustable headrest, lumbar support sand an adjustable reading lamp.. Each seat comes with a personal TV screen which offers a selection of on demand entertainment including movies, TV shows, radio and music. Economy Class seats have 32-inch seat pitch, adjustable headrests, in-seat power and USB port.

Air Seychelles VIP is a specialized facility offering services for VIP passengers, aircraft crew and aeronautical technical support, including fixed-base operation which is managed in conjunction with Royal Jet.[4]

The Air Seychelles Plus Programme has been fully integrated into Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways since June 2012.

Destinations

As of May 2018, Air Seychelles serves the following destinations:[5][6]

Country City/Locality Airport Notes
IndiaMumbaiChhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
MauritiusPort LouisSir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
SeychellesMahéSeychelles International AirportHub
SeychellesPraslinPraslin Island Airport
South AfricaJohannesburgO. R. Tambo International Airport
United Arab EmiratesAbu DhabiAbu Dhabi International Airport

The airline also operates charter flights within the Seychelles; to Bird Island (Bird Island Airport), Denis Island (Denis Island Airport) and D'Arros Island (D'Arros Island Airport).[5][6]

Codeshare agreements

Air Seychelles has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[7]

Fleet

As of May 2018, the Air Seychelles fleet comprises the following aircraft:[9]

Air Seychelles fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 2 16 120 136 to be replaced in 2019[10]
Airbus A320neo 2[11] 174
Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter 5 19 19
Total 7 2

References

Further reading

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