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Air Seychelles unveils strategic business plan

19-Mar-2012 11:42 AM

Air Seychelles unveiled (17-Mar-2012) a two-year business plan designed to improve the carrier's fortunes and position it as a premium carrier from the Indian Ocean region. Highlights of the plan include:

  • Introduction of two A330-200s to fleet;
  • Launch of Beijing service in early 2013, offering through connections to Johannesburg via the Seychelles;
  • Increased frequencies to key destinations, including Abu Dhabi, Mauritius and Johannesburg;
  • Closer cooperation with Etihad Airways to identify economies of scale and synergies in staff training, procurement and product development. Considerable focus will be placed on leveraging Etihad Airways' expertise in strengthening Air Seychelles' overall guest experience and service delivery standards. Etihad Airways acquired 40% of Air Seychelles in Jan-2012;
  • Extended codeshare operations with Etihad Airways, opening up a potential network of 73 passenger destinations in 49 countries.

Air Seychelles staff members will also have the opportunity to undergo training courses at Etihad Airways' training academy in Abu Dhabi. A scholarship programme for Seychellois will also be launched, available for graduates, cadet pilots and trainee engineers to take advantage of Etihad Airways' training.

New board of Air Seychelles:

  • Chairperson: Minister Joel Morgan, Minister Home Affairs and Transport;
  • Vice chairperson: Kevin Knight, chief strategy and planning officer at Etihad Airways;
  • Directors from Seychelles Government:
    • Maurice Loustau-Lalanne, principal secretary for foreign affairs;
    • Steve Fanny, principal secretary for finance;
    • Jean Weeling Lee, managing director Corvina;
  • Directors from Etihad Airways:
    • Duncan Naysmith, VP financial reporting;
    • Bassam A Al Mosa, VP corporate investments and subsidiaries. [more - original PR]