Air Seychelles launches new Airbus A320neo
The arrival of another Airbus A320neo aircraft for Air Seychelles in February or March next year will greatly improve connectivity within the Indian Ocean region, the airline’s leader said.
Remco Althuis was speaking in Mauritius at the inaugural flight ceremony of Air Seychelles’ on Thursday first Airbus A320neo aircraft.
“Yet another Airbus A320neo in spring next year provides our fleet to seven aircraft that will enable us for connecting the hawaiian islands in the Seychelles’ archipelago along with connect the island nations of the Indian Ocean,” said Althuis.
The airline’s first Airbus A320neo, named ‘Veuve,’ was welcomed on its inaugural flight to the neighboring island of Mauritius by way of a ceremonial water cannon salute upon landing at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam AIRPORT TERMINAL.
A celebratory cocktail at the Airports of Mauritius (AML) Receptorium happened with high government officials, key partners, and local travel representatives and trade of the media from both Mauritius and Seychelles.
The plane which found its way to Seychelles, a combined band of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, week may be the first for the spot and for Africa last.
Althuis said Air Seychelles is concentrating on the regional network as a result of global aviation market forces which have become competitive and operated by bigger carriers like British Airways, Qatar Airways, Air Emirates and France.
Air Seychelles has daily flights to Johannesburg presently, six weekly flights to Mumbai, weekly to Mauritius seasonal flights to Madagascar and five flights.
The leader of Air Seychelles said using its 168-seat capacity, the brand new aircraft will greatly raise the amount of passengers also.
“The A320neo has 24 percent more seats compared to the current A320ceo this means it’ll enable us to create far more passengers to visit between our two island nations and much more profit.”
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However, he said the true impact of the brand new arrival will never be apparent immediately on all daily flights, but gradually rather.
“We must wait before second aircraft next spring before we are able to operate our routes with this particular aircraft constantly,” said Althuis.
He further added that the power will never be restricted to the spot only.
On his side, the tourism minister of Mauritius, Anil Kumarsingh Gayan, said air connectivity is essential for the development of both islands which ought to be the main focus of most regional governments.
“You will find a demand by people in your community to possess more aircraft operating between your islands. I understand that four governments in the Indian Ocean have already been attempting to have an Indian Ocean pass which will enable visitors to travel in one island to some other,” said Gayan.
He added that “I don’t know why that is taking such a long time but I really do hope this can happen soon and therefore raise the presence of other carriers in your community and enable visitors to travel between your islands.”
in July this season
Air Mauritius resumed its twice-weekly flight to Seychelles.
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