Air Seychelles

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Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
HM SEY SEYCHELLES
Founded 1977
Hubs Seychelles International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Etihad Guest
Alliance

Vanilla Alliance

Etihad Airways Partners
Fleet size 10
Destinations 8
Company slogan Flying the Creole Spirit
Parent company Government of Seychelles (60%)
Headquarters Mahé, Seychelles
Key people
  • Roy Kinnear (CEO)[1]
  • Ahmed Addul Mohsen Al Sayegh (CFO)
Revenue Increase US$ 106.9 million (2014)[2]
Profit Increase US$ 3.2 million (2014)[2]
Employees 650 (2014)[2]
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, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. The relationship involves Airbus A330-200s joining the fleet and synergies between the airlines.

History[edit]

Roy Kinnear, the Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer.
Air Seychelles original livery on a Boeing 737-700.

Establishment[edit]

The Seychelles government merged Air Mahé and Inter-Island Airways, creating Seychelles Airlines, on 15 September 1977. It was renamed Air Seychelles in September 1978. The airline began international routes in 1983 to Frankfurt and London.

Restructuring[edit]

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. 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.

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 (EAP). Highlights of the plan includ the introduction of Airbus A330−200 aircraft, increased frequencies to key destinations, closer cooperation with Etihad Airways to identify economies of scale and synergies in staff training, procurement and product development and xtended codeshare operations with Etihad Airways to connect the Seychelles, through Abu Dhabi, with a global network of passenger and cargo destinations.

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

Etihad Airways Partners (EAP)[edit]

Etihad Airways Partners is Etihad Airways' equity alliance and includes Alitalia, Jet Airways, airberlin, NIKI, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles and Virgin Australia.

Corporate affairs[edit]

Ownership[edit]

Air Seychelles was originally owned by the Government of Seychelles. Following problems of management and profitability, Etihad Airways acquired a 40 per cent stake in Air Seychelles in 2012, in a deal worth $45m. The current shareholders are:[3]

Name Interest
Government of Seychelles 60%
Etihad Airways PJSC 40%
Total 100%

Corporate livery[edit]

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.

In October 2015, Business Insider magazine stated that Air Seychelles has one of the best aircraft liveries. The branding came in as one of the top three "paint jobs in the sky."

Destinations[edit]

Air Seychelles' international destinations are Abu Dhabi, Antananarivo, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai and Paris.

Codeshare agreements[edit]

Air Seychelles has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[4]

Fleet[edit]

Air Seychelles Airbus A320-200
Air Seychelles Airbus A330-200
Air Seychelles DHC-6 Twin Otter

Current fleet[edit]

The Air Seychelles fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2017):[5]

Air Seychelles fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200[6] 2 16 120 136
Airbus A330-200 2 18 236 254
DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter 6 19 19
Total 10

After over two decades of an all-Boeing fleet which included the Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Boeing 737 and Boeing 707, Air Seychelles acquired the Airbus A330 in 2012 to serve distant destinations. Air Seychelles began domestic operations using Trilanders, Islanders and later the Shorts 360 aircraft. The current domestic fleet consists of only de Havilland Canada DHC-6 (300) Twin Otters and Viking -400 series Twin Otters.

Services[edit]

Onboard Connectivity[edit]

Air Seychelles launched HM Connect, an onboard connectivity service, was launched during September 2015, allowing passengers to access internet, messaging and calls on mobile phone devices and access to Live TV streaming.

Cabin[edit]

On all international routes, Air Seychelles operates two classes on the Airbus A320 and Airbus A330-200.

Business Class – A320 and A330-200[edit]

Business Class includes upholstered seats that convert into fully flat beds, a dine-on-demand service with menus offering both traditional Creole and international flavours, including a selection of wine and liquors, including locally produced rum, Takamaka. Each seat comes with a personal, 10.4 inch TV screen with a wide selection of movies, TV Shows, documentaries and games, PC power outlet and USB port.

Economy Class - A320 and A330-200[edit]

Economy Class seats are ergonomically designed with a 32-inch seat pitch, hammock-style headrest, personal TV screen with a wide selection of movies, TV shows, documentaries and games a PC power outlet and a USB port. Onboard service includes a choice of up to three meals.

Air Seychelles VIP[edit]

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.

Loyalty Programme[edit]

Since June 16, the Air Seychelles Plus Programme has been fully integrated into Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways.

Air Seychelles Awards[edit]

In 2014, Air Seychelles received a four-star rating from Skytrax, as well as accolades for the Leading Business Class and Leading Cabin Crew in the Indian Ocean from the World Travel Awards.

Awards[edit]

  • 2003 Indian Ocean's Leading Airline[7]
  • 2004 Indian Ocean's Leading Airline[8]
  • 2007 Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class[9]
  • 2014 Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew[10]
  • 2014 Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class[11]
  • 2015 Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew[12]
  • 2015 Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class[13]
  • 2015 Indian Ocean's Leading Airline[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ROY KINNEAR APPOINTED CEO OF AIR SEYCHELLES". airseychelles.com. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Press release - Air Seychelles posts third consecutive year of net profitability". 12 March 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Air Seychelles profits from successful expansion strategy". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  4. ^ "Profile on Air Seychelles". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  5. ^ "Global Airliner Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 31. 
  6. ^ "Air Seychelles celebrates arrival of new Airbus A320". airseychelles.com. 2014-11-30. 
  7. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Airline 2003 – World Travel Awards". Worldtravelawards.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Airline 2004 – World Travel Awards". Worldtravelawards.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class 2007 – World Travel Awards". Worldtravelawards.com. 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  10. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew 2014 – World Travel Awards". Worldtravelawards.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  11. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class 2014 – World Travel Awards". Worldtravelawards.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  12. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew 2015 – World Travel Awards". Worldtravelawards.com. 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class 2015 – World Travel Awards". Worldtravelawards.com. 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  14. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Airline 2015 – World Travel Awards". Worldtravelawards.com. 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Air Seychelles at Wikimedia Commons