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Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles logo.jpg
Founded 1977
Hubs Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), Focus city: Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Frequent flyer program Seychelles Plus
Member lounge Salon de Vallee de Mai (SEZ)
Fleet size 8 (+4 orders)
Destinations 12
Headquarters Mahé, Seychelles
Key people David Savy (Chairman and Chief Executive), James Michel (President), France Albert Rene (Founder)

Air Seychelles is the national airline of the Seychelles, based in Mahé.[1] It operates inter-island services and international flights. Its main base is Seychelles International Airport, Mahé[2].



The airline was established on 15 September 1977, as Seychelles Airlines and adopted the present title in September 1978. It started international routes in 1983 to Frankfurt and London. It is wholly owned by the Seychelles government and employs 663 staff[2]. It operates a fleet of Boeing 767s on its international network and offers two classes of service, Pearl class (Business class) and Economy class. Based at the Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), it also operates a small base at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) as agreed with Air France to serve many off-line European destinations (such as former routes like Manchester and Madrid). It is also the major ground handling agent for all aircraft operating at SEZ.


Boeing 767-300ER takes off
Bird Island Airport

Former destinations

The following cities are all former destinations by the airline, since the late 1980s:

  • Amsterdam [discontinued 1992]
  • Bangkok [discontinued 2008]
  • Bahrain [discontinued 1993]
  • Dubai [discontinued 2005]
  • Geneva [discontinued 1990]
  • London-Gatwick [services transferred to Heathrow Airport in 2003]
  • Madrid [discontinued 1997]
  • Manchester [discontinued 1997]
  • Mumbai [discontinued 2004]
  • Munich [discontinued 2004]
  • Nairobi [discontinued 1998]
  • Paris-Orly [services transferred to Charles de Gaulle Airport in 1989]
  • Tel Aviv [discontinued 1997]


The Air Seychelles fleet includes the following aircraft (as of 4 August 2009)[3]:

As of 28 January 2009, the average age of the Air Seychelles Boeing fleet is 16.4 years[4].

On order

Air Seychelles returned its leased Boeing 737-700 to International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) in April 2005 following rationalization of the route network. It intends to replace two Boeing 767s with two Boeing 787-8s leased from International Lease Finance Corporation in 2010.[6]

Air Seychelles has previously operated the following aircraft:


Airliner World,Oct2008

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