Air Seychelles in historic Abu Dhabi flight
Abu Dhabi, July 7, 2012
Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, celebrated the arrival of its debut flight - an A330-200 aircraft (named Aldabra) - into the island nation from Abu Dhabi.
Seychelles Vice President Danny Faure and Minister for Home Affairs and Transport Joel Morgan were present to witness a ribbon cutting ceremony by President James Michel, celebrating the arrival of the much-awaited aircraft.
The aircraft is named in honor of Aldabra island, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of Seychelles’ most remote and pristine islands.
Aldabra, the world's largest raised coral atoll, is surrounded by a pristine marine environment, uninhabited and known for its distinctive fauna including the Aldabra Giant Tortoise.
Flying under the supervision of an Etihad Airways captain and training pilot was Air Seychelles captain Paul Belle, who has completed classroom and flight simulator training for the A330 aircraft at Etihad Airways Training Academy in Abu Dhabi.
Operating as HM019, the debut arrived at Seychelles International Airport at 1.35pm.
Air Seychelles cabin crew, back in Air Seychelles uniform for the first time after completing A330 safety and service training in Abu Dhabi, filled the cabin with the airline’s signature Creole warmth.
Highlights of Air Seychelles’ A330 include enhanced in-flight entertainment with personal, on-demand systems at every seat, true lie-flat seats in Business class and refreshed menu design, as well as dine-on-demand personalized tray service in Business class.
Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles CEO, who traveled on board the inaugural flight, said: “Today marks a historic moment, a turning point towards a brighter future. The A330 aircraft is not only younger and more fuel-efficient, but it also boasts excellent new product and services never before seen at Air Seychelles."
“To see our pilots and cabin crew again working proudly in uniform also shows how far Air Seychelles has come in a relatively short time. With our colourful aircraft livery and world-class service, we will bring the Creole spirit to every destination we fly to,” he added.
Welcoming the flight, Morgan, who is also the chairman of Air Seychelles, said: "To see the A330, emblazoned with Air Seychelles’ unique livery, touch down at Seychelles International Airport was a moment of patriotic pride for all Seychellois."
"Only three months ago, we announced that we would refresh the fleet by retiring our Boeing 767 and bringing in two Airbus A330s. We made a promise and it has been kept," he stated.
"I am thrilled to now welcome our first Airbus, Aldabra, to the Air Seychelles fleet and we look forward to watching it fly the Creole spirit for many years to come," he added.-TradeArabia News Service