Air Seychelles launched its London operations on October 26, 1983 using a British Caledonian Airways DC-10 to fly the first international inaugural flight of the airline. The Rome service was launched in March 1993 and flights to Paris started in December 1996.
As part of its restructuring and repositioning process to turn into regional airline, Air Seychelles has announced that it will be ending its European operations to Paris, London, Rome and Milan. Three Paris flights were initially to operate until end of March 2012.
Air Seychelles in 2012 will be operating only to Mauritius and Johannesburg using its Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
Passenger bookings to the three European destinations have continue to drop significantly after January 9, 2012 and the company made a commercial decision to cease operations to these European destinations early.
Air Seychelles has on-going discussions for a code share agreement with Etihad Airways to use an Air Seychelles aircraft on the Mahe-Abu Dhabi-Mahe route to link with Etihad’s international operations.
Blue Panorama anticipates that it will be operating flights between Italy and Seychelles soon.
Air Seychelles and its shareholder are in the process to finalize the return of its three Boeing 767-300 aircraft to the lessor.
For its planned regional operations next year, Air Seychelles will be acquiring a narrow-body Boeing 737-800 or an Airbus A320 for its operations to India, East Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Copyright Photo: Air Seychelles. The company’s 2011 livery on this Boeing 767-37D ER S7-AHM (msn 26328) will be short-lived.