Air Seychelles Chairman Joel Morgan takes responsibility away from the airline CEO, Manoj Papa, in cutting the new route cake on-board the carrier’s first flight to Paris CDG from Abu Dhabi. The services, which originate in Mahé on the Seychelles represents the return of the carrier to Europe since operations were suspended in 2011. Morgan says that direct flights to Europe are not on the cards for this year. “We are investing in the long-term…at the moment it is not profitable to have a direct flight to Paris…but our goal is to introduce a direct flight Mahé-Paris, however for now this is not possible.”
- Air Seychelles started twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) flights from Abu Dhabi (AUH) to Paris CDG (CDG) on 2 July. Operated by the airline’s 254-seat A330s, the service originates in the Seychelles at Mahé (SEZ). Competition on the Abu Dhabi leg comes from Etihad Airways (twice-daily), however it should be remembered that in January 2012 Air Seychelles entered into a strategic partnership agreement with the national airline of the UAE, with Etihad acquiring a 40% stake in Air Seychelles and a five-year management contract. Joel Morgan, Air Seychelles Chairman said during a Paris press conference: “We are delighted to be back in France. Air Seychelles passengers can now choose to travel smoothly through Abu Dhabi while keeping the same plane and the same seat or a stopover in Abu Dhabi. Air Seychelles offers 18 connections between Paris and Mahé per week.” The additional connections are offered through a codeshare with Etihad Airways. The first inbound flight apparently had a load factor of around 60%. See how Paris CDG Airport’s FTWA compares to the others sent in this week from around the world.