Air Seychelles

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

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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 Remco Althuis (CEO)
Revenue Increase US$ 106.9 million (2014)[1]
Profit Increase US$ 3.2 million (2014)[1]
Employees 650 (2014)[1]

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.


Remco Althuis, the Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer. (Read More)
Air Seychelles original livery on a Boeing 737-700.


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.


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

Corporate affairs[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 Government of the Seychelles currently owns 60% of the airline and Etihad Airways PJSC, 40%.[2]

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."


As of December 2017, Air Seychelles serves the following destinations:[3][4]

Country City/Locality Airport Notes
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Ends 23 April 2018[5]
India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Madagascar Antananarivo Ivato International Airport Ends 24 April 2018[6]
Mauritius Port Louis Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Seychelles Mahé Seychelles International Airport Hub
Seychelles Praslin Praslin Island Airport
South Africa Johannesburg O. R. Tambo International Airport
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Abu 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).[3][4]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

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


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

As of August 2017 the Air Seychelles fleet comprises the following aircraft:[8]

Air Seychelles fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 2 16 120 136 To be replaced in 2019[9]
Airbus A330-203 2 18 236 254 Leased from AerCap Holdings N.V.[10][11]
To be returned to lessor in 2018[9]
Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter 6 19 19
Total 10 0

After over two decades of an all-Boeing fleet which included Boeing 767, Boeing 757, Boeing 737 and Boeing 707 aircraft, Air Seychelles acquired the Airbus A330 in 2012 to serve distant destinations. Air Seychelles began domestic operations using Britten-Norman Trislander, Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander and later Short 360 aircraft.[citation needed]


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

All international routes are operated by Airbus A320 and Airbus A330-200 offering two tiers of service.

Business Class includes upholstered seats that convert into fully flat beds and a dine-on-demand service including a selection of wine and liquors, including the locally produced rum, Takamaka. Each seat comes with a 10.4-inch TV screen.

Economy Class seats have 32-inch seat pitch, personal TV screen, a PC power outlet and a USB port.

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. Other awards include Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline in 2003[12], 2004[13] and 2015.[14]


  1. ^ a b c "Press release - Air Seychelles posts third consecutive year of net profitability". 12 March 2015. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Air Seychelles profits from successful expansion strategy". 10 April 2014. Retrieved 16 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Route Map" (PDF). Air Seychelles. Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Timetables". publisher. Retrieved 18 December 2017. 
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  7. ^ "Profile on Air Seychelles". CAPA. Centre for Aviation. Archived from the original on 2016-11-01. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  8. ^ "Global Airliner Guide 2017 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2017): 31. 
  9. ^ a b "Air Seychelles announces business transformation plan to safeguard long-term profitability" (Press release). Air Seychelles. 23 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  10. ^ "Airbus A330-203 (S7-VDM)— Air Seychelles". Plane Finder Aviation Database. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  11. ^ "Airbus A330-203 (S7-ADB)— Air Seychelles". Plane Finder Aviation Database. Retrieved 24 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Airline 2003 – World Travel Awards". Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  13. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Airline 2004 – World Travel Awards". Retrieved 2017-07-27. 
  14. ^ "Indian Ocean's Leading Airline 2015 – World Travel Awards". 2015-06-20. Retrieved 2017-07-27. 

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