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Name: AIR SEYCHELLES
7JetSet7 Code: ASY
Status: Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: VICTORIA, MAHE
Country: SEYCHELLES
Employees 810
Web: airseychelles.com
Email: marketing@airseychelles.com
Telephone: +248 381 000
Fax: +248 324 194
Sita: SEZZZHM
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FORMED IN 1977 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1978. FORMERLY SEYCHELLES AIRLINES FOLLOWING THE AMALGAMATION OF AIR MAHE AND INTER ISLAND AIRWAYS. NATIONAL AIRLINE. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PO BOX 386
THE CREOLE SPIRIT
VICTORIA HOUSE
VICTORIA, MAHE, SEYCHELLES

SEYCHELLES (REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1976 AND COVERS AN AREA OF 280 SQ KM. ITS POPULATION IS .1 MILLION, AND ITS CAPITAL CITY IS VICTORIA. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE ENGLISH AND CREOLE.

The Seychelles form an archipelago of 115 islands scattered across an area of 154,441 square miles/400,000 sq km in the Indian Ocean, some 480 miles/1,600 km off the east coast of Africa. They spent 160 years under British rule before gaining independence on June 29, 1976. During the early years of self-governance, the people of the Republic of Seychelles endured a period of instability, a bloodless coup in 1977, an army mutiny in 1982, and several more failed coup attempts before multi-party politics returned in the early 1990s. Since then, the islands have become one of the world's top holiday destinations.

NOVEMBER 1983: AIR SEYCHELLES (ASY) SIGNED A YEAR-LONG CHARTER AGREEMENT WITH BRITISH CALEDONIAN AIRWAYS (CAW) FOR 1 DC-10-30 AND LAUNCHED ITS INAUGURAL INTERNATIONAL SERVICE TO LONDON GATWICK VIA FRANKFURT.

NOVEMBER 1984: AIR SEYCHELLES (ASY) RETURNED DC-10-30 TO BRITISH CALEDONIAN AIRWAYS (CAW) AND LEASED ANOTHER DC-10-30 FROM MARTINAIR (MTH).

APRIL 1989: 2 707-324C'S OBTAINED FROM VARIG AIRLINES (VAR). OPENED A CREW BASE (FC) IN LONDON TO SUPPORT ITS FLIGHTS.

JUNE 1989: DIRECT FLIGHTS TO PARIS AND ROME WITH A 767-200ER, (ILFC) (ILF) LEASED, 208-PASSENGERS. STARTED WEEKLY FLIGHTS TO JOHANNESBURG AND SINGAPORE.

MARCH 1993: LAUNCHED SERVICES TO MADRID, NAIROBI, DUBAI, AND BOMBAY (NOW MUMBAI).

757-200, (ILF) LEASED.

JANUARY 1994: TO MUMBAI, PRASLIN ISLAND, FRANKFURT, ZURICH, PARIS, SINGAPORE, JOHANNESBURG, LONDON GATWICK, DUBAI, ROME, MAURITIUS, AND NAIROBI.

MAINTENANCE SWITCHED FROM BRITISH AIRWAYS (BAB) TO (GAMCO) (GUL), ABU DHABI, WITH (BAB) STILL DOING ENGINEERING & TECHNICAL CONTROL.

SEPTEMBER 1995: 415 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 102 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 70 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).

DECEMBER 1995: NEW ROUTE TO TEL AVIV (767).

JANUARY 1996: 1995 = -2.4% (RPK) TRAFFIC, +2.4% PASSENGERS (PAX), -32.4% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

+1 ORDER (DECEMBER 1996) 767-300ER (S7-AHM "VALLEE DE MALI"), (ILF) LEASED, TO REPLACE 1 757-200 (ILF) LEASED. PREVIOUSLY ACQUIRED 1 767-200ER, (ILF) LEASED, IN JULY 1989.

JULY 1997: 70 767 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FLIGHTS/MONTH OVER INDIAN OCEAN AND AFRICA.

APRIL 1998: 415 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 102 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 70 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

OCTOBER 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = -$6.83 MILLION. 1ST 6 MONTHS = 380 MILLION (RPK) (+7.7%) TRAFFIC; 57.9% LF (+5) LOAD FACTOR, 9.19 MILLION (FTK) (-19.7%) FREIGHT TRAFFIC, 184,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (-2.1%).

APRIL 1999: 550 EMPLOYEES. SITA: SEZZZHM.

(http://ww.airseychelles.net.it). (airseymd@seychelles.net).

NOVEMBER 1999: 1 ORDER (APRIL 2002) 767-300ER (29386), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED .

APRIL 2000: 550 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 46 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 113 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 12 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

737-700 TO BE USED FOR SERVICE TO NAIROBI, JOHANNESBURG, DUBAI, AND MUMBAI.

1 ORDER (NOVEMBER 2001) 737-7Q8, (ILF) LEASED. 767-33AER (25535, VH-NOE), NORDSTRESS WET-LEASED FOR 1 MONTH.

JULY 2000: 1999 = +$1.33 MILLION (+$5.47 MILLION): 735 MILLION (RPK) (-2.5%); 63% LF LOAD FACTOR; 19.66 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+14.9%); 347,000 PASSENGERS (PAX) (-6%); 579 EMPLOYEES.

NOVEMBER 2000: 767-33A (25535), RETURNED TO (AWW), LEASED TO AVIANCA (AVI).

APRIL 2001: 1 767-3Q8ER (29386, S7-ASY "ALDABRA"), (ILF) LEASED, 244 PAX.

MAY 2001: 767-2Q8ER (24448), RETURNED TO (ILF).

NOVEMBER 2001: 1ST 737-7Q8, (ILF) 4 YEAR LEASED, WITH MAINTENANCE BY SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA). SERVICES TO INDIA, THE MALDIVES, AND THE COMORES ISLANDS.

JANUARY 2002: TO MUMBAI, VIA MALE (WEEKLY).

MARCH 2002: 640 EMPLOYEES.

(http://www.airseychelles.net). (airseymk@seychelles.net)

July 2002: 2001 = +$1.27 million.

October 2002: 1 SD3-60 (300) (SH3758, S7-PAL), (BAX) leased.

January 2003: In March 2003, Mahe to London Heathrow (LHR) (2x-weekly).

April 2003: 5-year maintenance engineering contract to Britannia Airways (BRI) to provide maintenance support for Air Seychelles (ASY) 767-300's starting with major annual maintenance in June 2003.

August 2003: 1 An-12 leased for cargo flights to Kenya and South Africa.

September 2003: 2002 = 969 million (RPK) traffic (+1.4%); 400,000 passengers (PAX) (+141.8%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC (RPK) (MILLION):
206 (CRH) 983; 207 (NOD) 972; 208 (JAT) 972; 209 (ASY) 969; 210 (GHN) 942; 211 (TRANS STATES A/L) 861M; 212 (SAS) COMMUTER) 854M; 213 (PORTUGALIA) 827; 214 (ADR) 794; 215 (PIE) 789; 216 (MIB) 771.

October 2003: In November 2003, to re-position from Munich to Frankfurt for its flight to Mahe (767-300ER, weekly nonstop).

July 2004: Fiscal year (FY) 2003 = +SCR 4 million/+$780,000 (+SCR 10 million).

September 2004: 654 employees.

May 2005: 737-7Q8 (30737, S7-SEZ), returned to (ILF), leased to Air Sahara (SAQ).

January 2006: Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase a 2nd Shorts 360 airplane from BAC Leasing, UK.

February 2006: Air Seychelles (ASY) signed a 5-year contract with Unitpools to outsource unit load device (ULD) control operations and join a (ULD) pool.

Shorts 360-100 (3724, S7-PRI), (BAC) Leasing leased.

April 2006: Air Seychelles (ASY) signed a letter of intent with (ILFC) (ILF) to replace its 2 767-300ERs with 2 787-800s (35307; 35309) for delivery from May 2010. The lease terms are for 12 years each.



December 2006: Air Seychelles (ASY) selected the (GEnx) to power the 2 787-8s it leased from (ILFC) (ILF) in April for delivery in 2010. The deal includes a 10-year OnPoint Solutions agreement worth >$25 million.

November 2007: Received its (IATA) (ITA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) approval, demonstrating its competence in air safety management.

December 2007: A J Walter Aviation (AJW) signed a "power-by-the-hour" agreement with Air Seychelles (ASY) covering 3 767s. The deal is for 2 years, plus a 1-year option.

New route to Bangkok, Thailand.

767-204ER (24013, S7-EXL "La Belle Creole"), XL Airways (SBE) leased.

June 2008: Terminates route to Bangkok and instead develops Singapore as Air Seychelles (ASY)'s principal SE Asian flights.

August 2008: 767-205ER (23057, S7-ILF), ex-MaxJet (MXJ), ex-(N260MY), (ILF) leased.

October 2008: As the national airline of the Seychelles, Air Seychelles (ASY) provides inter-island schedules together with international flights serving Johannesburg, London, Mauritius, Rome, and Singapore. Frankfurt and Paris are also served via code shares.

Employees = 663 (including 50 Flight Crew (FC); 117 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 91 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: HM - 061. (ICAO) Code: SEY (Callsign - SEYCHELLES).

Parent organization/shareholders: Seychelles government (100%).

Alliances: Air Austral (AUX); Air France (AFA); Air Mauritius (MAU); & Condor Flugdienst (CDF).

Main Base: Mahe Seychelles International airport (SEZ).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Mahe Island; & Praslin Island.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Frankfurt; Johannesburg; London; Maldives; Mauritius; Milan; Mumbai; Paris; Rome; & Singapore.

February 2009: 1 767-219ER (24150, S7-SEZ), (ILF) 5 year leased.

May 2009: Air Seychelles (ASY) took delivery of a 2nd 767-200ER leased from (ILFC) (ILF).

July 2009: Air Seychelles (ASY) took delivery of its 5th 767, a (GE)-powered, 220-seat 767-300ER on lease from (ILFC) (ILF). Executive Chairman, David Savy said the airplane "will primarily be a backup airplane to our fleet, and also will assist during heavy maintenance checks of other airplanes so as to avoid costly leases. In the eventuality of opening up new routes, it will be able to assist and also add capacity when needed in peak times."

September 2009: (ILFC) (ILF) announced a lease deal for 1 used 767-300ER to Air Seychelles (ASY) for 3 years.

August 2010: Air Seychelles (ASY) will launch a weekly, Mahe to Chennay to Singapore service on November 1 aboard a 767-200.

December 2010: DHC-6-400 Twin Otter (846) delivery, ex-(C-GLVA).

January 2011: As the national airline of the Seychelles, Air Seychelles (ASY) provides inter-island schedules together with international flights serving Johannesburg, London, Mauritius, Milan, Rome, and Singapore. Frankfurt, Paris, and Zurich are also served, some via code shares.

Employees = 810.

(IATA) Code: HM - 061. (ICAO) Code: SEY (Callsign - SEYCHELLES).

Parent organization/shareholders: Seychelles government (100%).

Alliances: Air France (AFA).

Main Base: Mahe Seychelles International airport (SEZ).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Mahe Island; & Praslin Island.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Frankfurt; Johannesburg; London; Maldives; Mauritius; Milan; Mumbai; Paris; Rome; Singapore; & Zurich.

September 2011: Air Seychelles (ASY) appointed Bram Steller as (CEO). Steller previously served as (COO) of Kenya Airways (KEN) since 2008 and was in charge of flight operations, ground operations, technical, commercial and network planning, revenue management, operations control and cargo. He has extensive experience in airline operations particularly in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, including being Managing Director of Trans Maldivian Airways in the Maldives, as well as VP for (KLM) for the Middle East, Central & S Asia. At (ASY) he will be assisted by Garry Albert Deputy (CEO).

December 2011: Air Seychelles (ASY)) will slash all its remaining European routes as demand weakens and competition increases.



(ASY) will stop flights from Mahe to Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa as well London Heathrow from January 8. Services to Paris Charles de Gaulle will be reduced from 5x- to 3x-weekly from January and will stop completely by March 25. (ASY) stopped flights to Singapore on November 24.



(ASY) said it will focus on regional services and plans to sign a cooperation with Etihad Airways (EHD) on services to Abu Dhabi (AUH). (ASY) is considering operating a 737-800 for the remaining routes within the region, as well to (AUH) for connecting services to Europe. It is unclear if (ASY) will keep its order for 2 787-8s based on a 2006 contract with (ILFC) (ILF).











9 African airlines have come together to purchase airplane fuel jointly, a move the carriers believe will increase their leverage and raise the value and quality of fuel being procured.

According to the African Airlines Association (AFRAA), the 9 airlines participating in the program include Kenya Airways (KEN), Ethiopian Airlines (ETH), Air Malawi (AML), Air Namibia (NAM), Air Seychelles (ASY), (LAM) Mozambique Airlines, Precision Air (PRT), Rwandair (RWA) and (TAAG) Angola Airlines (ANG).

The (AFRAA), which said more of its 32 members could join the program in the future, stated that the joint fuel buying project "is aimed at attaining better and stable unit price of fuel for the participating airlines, assuring quality of the product and supply reliability whilst the relevant fuel suppliers will benefit from higher fuel volumes purchased by airlines. Other areas of focus include addressing the incidents of high taxes, charges and fees levied on fuel, especially in African airports, and lobbying stakeholders for the elimination of monopoly fuel suppliers at some airports."

The carriers will purchase about 700 million liters of fuel in aggregate annually valued at about $1.5 billion. Fuel purchasing contracts for this year have already been jointly negotiated by the 9 carriers, the (AFRAA) said. While negotiations are being conducted by the carriers on a joint basis, fuel contracting will still be done by individual airlines.

"The contracts implementation dates will vary, with some airlines starting to purchase fuel under the [jointly] negotiated terms in February 2012," the (AFRAA) stated. "All contracts will, however, end in December 2012 and [be] replaced by new contracts for a full calendar year in 2013 and subsequent years following another bidding, evaluation, negotiation and awarding process to be carried out [jointly by the carriers] during the course of this year."



(ASY) has appointed Cramer Ball as (CEO) effective February 1. Ball was formerly Etihad Airways (EHD) Regional General Manager of Asia Pacific South & Australasia. The move follows the strategic partnership between (EHD) and the Seychelles government in which (EHD) will acquire a 40% stake in (ASY).

Former (EHD) Regional Finance Manager, Asia Pacific, Shelley Cole has been named (CFO).



March 2012: Air Seychelles (ASY) launched 2x-weekly services connecting its Mahe (SEZ) hub with Abu Dhabi (AUH) on March 12. 767-300 airplanes seating 246 passengers will be employed on the route. The move comes shortly after Etihad Airways (EHD) acquired a 40% stake in (ASY), and will further improve connectivity between the 2 hub airports. (EHD) is the only other airline to provide capacity on the route, on which it operates 4x-weekly frequencies with 136-seat A320s.

July 2012: Etihad Airways (EHD)'s interest in Air Seychelles (ASY), in which it has a 40% stake and a management contract, had enabled (EHD) to take on functions such as planning and training for (ASY).

Hogan sees this pattern as the way forward for many carriers: "The challenge for small airlines is that they can't afford overheads. We've proven with (ASY) that it can be a profitable operating unit and we would absorb the overheads that a small airline, moving forward, just can't maintain."

November 2012: Air Seychelles (ASY) is launching 3x-weekly flights to Hong Kong (HKG) via Abu Dhabi (AUH), firming up plans previously disclosed. (ASY) (CEO) Cramer Ball said (ASY) would launch services to China, via (AUH), in early 2013 using an ex-Jet Airways (JPL) A330.

Etihad Airways (EHD), which owns 40% of (ASY), has now confirmed that (ASY) will launch 3x-weekly flights between (AUH) and (HKG) in February 2013. (EHD) will code share on the (EAD) operated service, although it remains subject to regulatory approval.















(EHD) holds a 40% stake in (ASY) and 29.21% of (BER).







Subject to regulatory approval, the airlines plan to expand the scope of the agreement to include more destinations on their respective networks and implement frequent flyer program reciprocity.









SEE ATTACHED: - "ASY-2013-03 - WITH ETIHAD TO HONG KONG."

May 2013: Air Seychelles (ASY) began 3x-weekly, Seychelles to Abu Dhabi to Hong Kong A330-200 service.









Since its partnership with (EHD) took effect in January 2012, a considerably slimmed-down (ASY) has demonstrated strong growth as it works to re-establish an international network through an increasing number of code share partners.

(ASY) forecasts that it is on track for a 2nd year of profitability after reporting a USD1 million profit for the financial year to December 2012, having lost -USD $12.5 million in 2011.







(ASY) said during the quarter it had achieved its highest quarterly performance on the Mauritius route, carrying 9,041 passengers (up 38.5% from a year ago). (ASY) currently operates a 2-class A320 airplane wet-leased from (EHD), with 16C seats in Business Class and 120Y seats in Economy Class.









(ASY) is to renew its domestic fleet with 3 Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otters that will be delivered in mid-2015. They will replace 3 Series 300 versions of the type used by (ASY), which also has a Series 400 airframe in its fleet. (ASY) which is part-owned by (EHD), said the airplanes will be used for flights between Mahe, Praslin Island, Bird Island, Denis Island and Fregate Island. Viking Air resurrected production of the Twin Otter in 2007, with the enhanced Series 400, after taking over the rights to the type.



(ASY) will also operate 3 return flights a week to Hong Kong and Johannesburg. Altogether, weekly international services will nearly double from 16x- to 29x-weekly. (ASY) currently operates 3 airplanes to 6 destinations on 6 routes and operates 33 daily flights.









In March 2013, (ASY) acquired a 2nd Airbus A330-200. In October, (ASY) purchased 3 Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter airplanes for use in its domestic fleet. Delivery of 2 of the 3 Twin Otters is expected in mid-2014, a year ahead of schedule.













May 2014: Air Seychelles (ASY) will start 2x-weekly, Seychelles to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airbus A330-200 service on July 2.

June 2014: Air Seychelles (ASY) has posted what it describes as a strong result for the 2014 1st-quarter, which saw a +38.2% increase in passenger numbers to 95,372 compared to the same period last year.



(ASY) is planning to start Airbus A320 operations later this year, with 1 A320, and is in code share talks with Air Austral (AUX) and Air Madagascar (MAD).

August 2014: Air Seychelles (ASY) and Alitalia (ALI) have inked a code share agreement enabling passengers on both airlines to fly between Rome, Milan, and Venice to Seychelles via Abu Dhabi, with just one ticket for their entire journey. The agreement became effective August 4.





On June 25, Etihad Airways (EHD) and (ALI) agreed to a deal that will see the fast-expanding (EHD) take a 49% stake in (ALI), the struggling Italian flag carrier. When the deal receives final regulatory approvals, both (ALI) and (ASY) could soon be part of the (EHD) stable of regionally connected airlines. (EHD) currently holds a 40% stake in (ASY).

(ASY) and Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) begin code sharing September 12. Under the code share agreement, (ASY) will place its code on (CRY)'s flights between Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand. In return, (CRY) will place its code on (ASY)'s flights between the Seychelles and Hong Kong, as well as between Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi.

An A320 is to be wet leased to (ASY) from its 40% equity partner, Etihad Airways (EHD). The A320 is scheduled for delivery in December and will be configured with 16C business- and 120Y economy-class seats, firming up plans that new (ASY) (CEO) Manoj Papa revealed at the Farnborough Airshow.







Currently, (ASY) has 2 Airbus A330s, also on lease from Etihad (EHD), deployed on its long-haul services to Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong (via Abu Dhabi), Johannesburg, Mauritius, and Paris (via Abu Dhabi). Its domestic fleet comprises 6 DHC-6 Twin Otters and a single Shorts 360, which it recently converted for domestic cargo operations.





(ASY) will resume services to India on December 2 of this year with a 3x-weekly service to Mumbai International. The route will operate on-board an A320-200 airplane configured with 16C Business Class and 120Y Economy Class seats.

Following news that its 1st A320 jet would arrive before year-end, the Etihad Airways (EHD) subsidiary has announced plans to increase its regional operations with new routes to Dar-es-Salaam and Antananarivo.

Currently, (ASY) operates 2 A330-200s, 3 DHC-6-400s, and a converted Shorts 360F freighter on inter-island flights as well as on those spanning Europe, Africa, and the Middle and Far East.

October 2014: Etihad Airways (EHD) has launched a new brand that envelops (EHD) and 5 of its partner airlines in a group that will synchronize schedules and frequent flyer benefits in a similar way to the 3 global alliances.



(EHD) has equity stakes in each of these partner carriers. However, it said any airline can become an Etihad Airways Partner even if it is part of an existing alliance. Airberlin (BER) is a member of the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance.






Benefits will include standardized mileage and tier benefits across all partners, no blackout periods and priority services.

Etihad Airways Partners will also have access to economies of scale and operational synergies such as centers of excellence, shared sales teams in certain destinations, joint procurement of services and supplies, and shared pilot (FC) and cabin crew (CA) training at the Etihad Airways (EHD) facilities in Abu Dhabi.

SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "ASY-2014-10 - ETIHAD AIRWAYS PARTNERS" which
shows L - R: Maurizio Merlo (CEO) Darwin Airline; Wolfgang Prock-Schauer (CEO) airberlin (BER); James Hogan President & (CEO) Etihad Airways (EHD); Cramer Ball (CEO) Jet Airways (JPL); Dane Kondic (CEO) Air Serbia (JAT); and Manoj Papa (CEO) Air Seychelles (ASY).



December 2014: Air Seychelles (ASY) launched 2x-weekly, Airbus A320 service to Antananarivo and 3x-weekly service to Mumbai. It also began 2x-weekly Airbus A320 service to Dar es Salaam.



February 2015: Air Seychelles (ASY) has added Amman to its code share agreement with Etihad Airways (EHD). (ASY) will place its HM code on 14x-weekly, (EHD) Abu Dhabi to Amman flights. Amman is the 7th code share city for (ASY) in the region, with (ASY) already placing its code on (EHD) services to Abu Dhabi, Jeddah, Riyadh, Muscat, Bahrain and Kuwait. (ASY) also will add its code on 21x-weekly, (EHD) Mumbai to Abu Dhabi flights, connecting to Seychelles.



The slowing of profit growth was a result of increased expenditure in growing the route network. New services to Paris, Mumbai, Dar-es-Salaam, and Antananarivo were launched in 2014, but the last 3, in particular, got underway too late to have an appreciable effect on profit figures. The Paris service, launched mid-year, is understood to be doing well, but new routes typically take 12 to 18 months to realize their potential.

During 2014, (ASK)s increased by +27% following the delivery of an Airbus A320, and 2 DHC-6-400 Twin Otters, to complement the Airbus A330-200, which flies long-haul routes to Paris and Hong Kong, via Abu Dhabi and Johannesburg.

Cargo tonnage for 2014 rose strongly +34% to 7,311 tonnes.







During the year, (ASY) signed 2 new code share agreements (with Alitalia (ALI) to Rome and Venice, and Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) to Bangkok.

April 2015: Air Seychelles (ASY) is to launch a direct route to Paris in July, having previously served the French capital in partnership with shareholder, Etihad Airways (EHD), via Abu Dhabi.

Flights will be operated with an Airbus A330-200 3x-weekly, said the Mahe-based (ASY). The current connecting service via the (UAE) is conducted 2x-weekly.

No other airline operates direct flights on that route.

The nonstop service to Paris is part of a network rejig under which (ASY) will also increase frequencies to Madagascar's capital Antananarivo, Mauritius, and Mumbai.

Etihad (EHD) has a 40% shareholding in Air Seychelles (ASY). The island nation's government holds the remainder.



News Item A-2: Etihad Airways (EHD) has appointed Abdulmohsen Al Sayegh as Air Seychelles (ASY) (CFO).







In parallel, the civil aviation authorities of the (IOC) member states are, through the (IOC) civil aviation committee, exploring the possibility of establishing a shared regulatory framework, as well as strengthening government competency in areas such as training and safety.





News Item A-2: Air Seychelles (ASY) announced that Roy Kinnear is to become its (CEO) from July 1.



He replaces Manoj Papa, who departs after an 18-month tenure.








Kinnear started his career with British airline bmi (BMA) as General Manager Revenue Optimization before moving to Bahrain to become Head of Network Revenue Management at Gulf Air (GLF) from 2002 to 2006. He then moved to Abu Dhabi where he was VP Revenue Management at (EHD) until 2010 before being appointed Senior VP Cargo. He took up his current position in 2011.

September 2015: News Item A-1: The Indian Ocean Commission (IOC) airlines have signed a multilateral cooperation agreement establishing the Vanilla Alliance, which is aimed at improving air services between (IOC) member states and international connectivity to the region. The alliance is made up of Air Austral (AUX), Air Madagascar (MAD), Air Seychelles (ASY), Inter Ile Air, and Air Mauritius (MAU).

The alliance offers >50 destinations, operates a fleet of 30 aircraft, and employs about 6,000 staff. It is expected to transport >2.3 million passengers a year.

Initially, the alliance will develop attractive fares, schedule connectivity, optimize code shares, as well as optimize resources such as fleet and airport facilities.





News Item A-2: Air Seychelles (ASY) is to transfer its 1st A330 to local registry.

January 2016: Alitalia (ALI) and Air Seychelles (ASY) increased code share services, adding the AZ code on Air Seychelles (ASY) 3x-weekly, Paris (CDG) to Seychelles services.





May 2016: Air Seychelles ((ASY) posted a 2015 net profit of +$2.1 million, down -34.4% from a net profit of +$3.2 million recorded in 2014.





In 2015, revenue dipped -1.4% to $105.9 million from 2014 revenues of $106.9 million. (ASY) had a +7% increase in (ASK)s to 1.7 billion to produce a passenger load factor of 66% LF, up +6% points from 2014.

Cargo was down -40% with 4,415 tonnes of freight flown.





January 2017: DHC-6-300 (539, S7-AAR) sold to Gravitas Aviation.

March 2017: 2 DHC-6-300 (900, N915VK; 945, S7-FAR), ex-(C0GFAP).

December 2017: Air Seychelles (ASY) has appointed Remco Althuis as its interim (CEO), following the resignation of his predecessor, Roy Kinnear who is taking up the role of Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at UK-based regional carrier Flybe (BEE), after holding the top slot at (ASY) since July 2015. Kinnear announced his departure in October 2017 and formally leaves (ASY) on December 31.





Althuis held previous positions at (KLM) and then the Air France (AFA) - (KLM) group. He joined (EHD) in 2012 as General Manager for China and holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.




October 2018: Air India (AIN) and Air Seychelles (ASY) have signed a code share agreement to increase connectivity on their respective networks.











(ASY) operates 5 services per week between Mumbai and Seychelles. It has been serving Mumbai since December 2014 and it flies on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Code shares allow airlines to book passengers on flights operated by partner airlines. Many agreements take advantage of the frequent flyer programs of both airlines. Code shares can give passengers easy access to a range of destinations around the world via the hubs of both partner airlines.

Fleet:
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ASY-767
ASY-767 - 2013-11
ASY-767-300 - 2014-10
ASY-767-A
ASY-787
ASY-A330-200 - 2013-09
ASY-A330-200 - 2013-12
ASY-A330-200 - 2013-12-A
ASY-A330-200 - 2014-09
ASY-BN-2A

December 2018:

0 737-7Q8 (CFM56-7B22) (1005-30737, /01 S7-SEZ "AMIRANTES"), (ILF) 8 YEAR LEASED 2001-11, (SAA) MAINTENANCE. RETURNED, LEASED TO (SAQ). 12C, 114Y.

0 767-2Q8ER (CF6-80C2) (272-24448, /89 S7-AAS), (ILF) LEASED, (ETOPS), RETURNED 2001-05, LEASED TO (COH).

0 767-204ER (CF6-80A2) (210-24013, /88 S7-EXL "LA BELLE CREOLE"), (SBE) LEASED 2007-12. RETURNED & PARTED OUT 2009-01. 290Y.

0 767-205ER (JT9D-7R4D) (81-23057, /84 S7-ILF "AMIRANTES"), EX-(MXJ)/(COH)/(TWA), (ILF) LEASED 2008-08. RETURNED. 222Y.

0 767-219ER (CF6-80C2B2) (239-24150, /88 S7-SEZ "ISLE OF BIJOUTIER"), (ILF) 5 YEAR LEASED 2009-04. RETURNED. 222Y.

0 767-3Q8ER (CF6-80C2B6F) (831-29386, /01 S7-ASY "ALDABRA"), (ILF) 10 YEAR LEASED 2001-04. RETURNED 2012-01. 25C, 222Y.

0 767-306ER (CF6-80C2B6F) (736-28884, /99 S7-FCS "ISLE OF FREGATE"), (ILF) 3 YEAR LEASED 2009-07. RETIRED 2012-04. 25C, 222Y.

0 767-37DER (CF6-80C2B6F) (637-26328, /96 S7-AHM "VALLEE DE MAI"), (ILF) LEASED, (ETOPS) EQUIPPED. RETURNED 2012-01. 25C, 222Y.

0 767-33AER (PW4060) (491-25535, VH-NOE), NORDSTRESS WET-LEASED, RETURNED (AWW), LEASED TO (AVI) 2000-11.

2 ORDERS (2019-01) 787-87D DREAMLINER (GEnx-1B64) (35307; 35309), (ILF) 12 YEAR LEASED:

0 A300B4 (F-BVGM), (AFA) WET-LEASED 2 YEARS 1985-10.

1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (1944, S7-AMI), EX-(A6-EIA), (SIL) LEASED, (EHD) WET-LEASED TO (ASY) 2015-06, 16C, 120Y.

2 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (751, /07 A6-EYY; 807, /07 A6-EYZ), (EHD) WET-LEASED 2012-03 - - SEE PHOTO - - "ASY-A330-200 - 2013-09." 10F, 26C, 164Y.

3 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-27) (499, /76 S7-AAJ "ISLE OF DESROCHES;" 539, /77 S7-AAR "ISLE OF FARQUHAR;" 623, /79 S7-AAF), 20Y.

2 DHC-6-400 TWIN OTTER (PT6A-34) (846, S7-CUR, 2010-12; 847).

1 SHORTS 360-300 (PT6A-67R) (SH3724, S7-PRI "ISLE OF LA DIGUE"), BOUGHT FROM (BAC) LEASING 2006-07. FREIGHTER.

1 SHORTS 360-300F (PT6A-67R) (SH3758, /89 S7-PAL "ILE DE PALME"), (BAX) LEASED 2002-10. RETURNED 2004-08. FREIGHTER.

1 BN2A-27 ISLANDER (LY O-540-E4C5) (540, /76 S7-AAA "ISLE OF REMIRE"), FOR SALE. 9Y.

5 DHC-6-300 TWIN OTTERS EX-VIKING AIR (539, S7-AAR SOLD 2017-01; 900, N915VK, 2017-03; 945, S7-FAR, 2017-03), 19Y.

1 AN-12, 2003-08.

Management:
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ASY-1-Remco Althuis 2017-12.jpg
ASY-4-Roy Kinnear - 2016-02.jpg
ASY-5-JOCELYNE BONNAL DIR MKTG-2009-09
ASY-5-JOEL MORGAN-CTR-2014-07
ASY-5-MANOJ PAPA-R-2014-07
ASY-6-CAPT DAVID SAVY
ASY-6-CAPT DAVID SAVY-2008-10

JEAN WEELING-LEE, CHAIRMAN AIR SEYCHELLES (ASY).

JOEL MORGAN, PREVIOUS (ASY) CHAIRMAN IN JANUARY 2014.
Joel Morgan in 2014 also acted as Seychelles' Minister Foreign Affairs & Transport.

REMCO ALTHUIS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(EHD), (AFA) - (KLM) (2017-12). Like previous (CEO) Roy Kinnear, Remco joined (ASY) from Etihad Airways (EHD), where he was Regional General Manager Europe. (EHD) is a 40% shareholder in Air Seychelles (ASY). At the time of Remco's arrival, (ASY) had experienced 4 (CEO)s in 6 years.

Althuis held previous positions at (KLM) and then the Air France (AFA) - (KLM) group. He joined (EHD) in 2012 as General Manager for China and holds an MBA from Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

ROY KINNEAR, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2015-07).


MANOJ PAPA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(SAA) (2014-02), LEFT (2015-06).


CRAMER BALL, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(EHD) (2012-02) RESIGNED (2014-02).




GARRY ALBERT, DEPUTY (CEO).

ABDULMOHSEN AL SAYEGH, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO) (2015-05).

VIMI LOCKMUN-BISSESSUR, HEAD ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT.

CAPTAIN FRANCOIS JACKSON, GENERAL MANAGER FLIGHT OPERATIONS (SEZOZHM) (10/02).

CAPTAIN D LIDDLE, FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER.

MICHAEL JACK, MANAGER, DOMESTIC ENGINEERING (SEZMZHM)
(mjack@airseychelles.com).

NIGEL STRONG, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL.

MARJA KARJALAINEN, DIRECTOR FINANCE, HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) & ADMINISTRATION.

FRANCOIS JACKSON, GENERAL MANAGER OPERATIONS.

FAUZIA ROSE, GENERAL MANAGER HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).

SHAFIK ALLIBHAYE, GENERAL MANAGER CARGO/FREIGHT SERVICES.

JOCELYNE BONNAL, DIRECTOR MARKETING & SALES (SEE PHOTO).

CAPTAIN BRIAN STABLEFORD, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.

ROBERT CHONG-SENG, MANAGER ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE,
(rchongseng@airseychelles.com) (SEZMLHM).

ELSIA HOAREAU, MANAGER CABIN SERVICE (ehoareau@airseychelles.com).

SIMON MAILLET, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) MANAGER.

PETER SIMEON, QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) ENGINEERING.

MIKE ALVIS, MANAGER WORKSHOPS.

ROBIN DAVIDSON, TECHNICAL ADVISOR.

ROLLY BALETTE, OPERATIONS SUPERINTENDENT.

 
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