First step on the path to profitability: the recent strengthening of financial ties between Air Seychelles and Etihad didn’t take long to bear first network planning fruits. Launching the carrier’s twice-weekly services connecting Mahé to Abu Dhabi, Cramer Ball, CEO Air Seychelles underlined, that “Air Seychelles is well-positioned to leverage leisure segment’s demand into commercial growth, particularly by tapping into Etihad Airways’ rapidly expanding global network.”
- Air Seychelles launched twice-weekly services connecting its Mahe (SEZ) hub with Abu Dhabi (AUH) on 12 March. 767-300 aircraft seating 246 passengers will be employed on the route. The move comes shortly after the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad acquired a 40% stake in the airline, and will further improve connectivity between the two hub airports. Etihad is the only other airline to provide capacity on the route, on which it operates four weekly frequencies with 136-seat A320s.