03 Dec 2013 10:00
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, today announced, subject to regulatory approval, it will launch flights to Paris-Orly as part of a significant expansion to its international schedule.
- Island carrier to launch twice weekly flights to Paris-Orly in February
- Airline to acquire narrow body aircraft in Q4 2014 to
operate new regional network.
Plans for an optimised regional network include the introduction of
several new routes in 2014.
From February 2014, Air Seychelles will operate two return services per
week between Seychelles and Paris-Orly via Abu Dhabi with an Airbus A330-200
aircraft, configured with 18 flat-bed Business Class seats and 236 Economy
The new Paris-Orly services complement Etihad Airways’ existing
double-daily services to Paris-Charles De Gaulle, giving travellers between the
French capital and Abu Dhabi a choice of more flights per week, and new
convenient connections to key destinations in the Etihad Airways network such
as Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Chengdu, as well as the cities across the
Joel Morgan, Seychelles’ Minister for Home Affairs & Transport and
Board Chairman, said: “I am delighted to see Air Seychelles return to France,
Seychelles’ top market. Travellers boarding the flight in Paris-Orly will
once again enjoy a seamless Air Seychelles operated flight and experience our
unique and famous Creole warmth on their entire journey to Mahé.
“Our Abu Dhabi service schedule offers one of the fastest routes for
travel between Seychelles and major European destinations, and has built a
solid position in this important historical market. With our new service,
we will be able to provide a fresh option for overseas visitors to travel to
Seychelles on our flights, and we expect further significant growth from
Currently, the iconic island carrier codeshares on 14 flights per week
to Paris-Charles De Gaulle with equity partner Etihad Airways, offering a daily
service between the archipelago and the French capital. The new flights
will increase the connections to 18 per week.
The airline also unveiled a new regional network plan, subject to approvals, which will see significant expansion of its
operations in the Indian Ocean in Q4 2014, following the delivery of an Airbus
Highlights of the plan include:
- The launch of regional services to Antananarivo, Reunion and Mumbai.
- An increase in services to Abu Dhabi from seven to eleven per week,
offering a double daily service with equity partner Etihad Airways.
- A network designed to maximise connectivity through the Seychelles, with
two way connectivity throughout the region with Mumbai and Abu Dhabi and
The new regional schedule will see Air Seychelles operate three return
flights per week to Mauritius and Mumbai, two return flights per week to Antananarivoand Reunion, and 11 return
flights per week to Abu Dhabi.
The airline will also offer three return flights per week to Hong Kong,
three return flights per week to Johannesburg, and two flights per week to
Altogether, the airline will see its weekly international services
nearly double from 16 to 29 flights per week.
Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, said: “The new
schedule will see Air Seychelles spread its regional footprint and build a
solid position that will establish us as the carrier of choice in the Indian
Ocean. It also greatly increases options for travel to and from the
Indian Ocean, and with our new flights to Paris-Orly, we will also enjoy
network feed provided by our convenient schedule times over Abu Dhabi, contributing
to the bottom line.”