The Government of the Republic of Seychelles is delighted to announce that Air Seychelles is preparing for the launch of non-stop flights between its Mahé hub and the Chinese capital of Beijing in late January 2016.
Air Seychelles chairman Joël Morgan said, “The start of this service next year is especially fitting as Seychelles and China will celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations established in 1976, and I am confident our friendship will continue to strengthen with this important new air bridge.”
China has become the sixth largest source of tourism in the island nation, with around 13,000 visitors recorded this year alone. With a dedicated flight service, Air Seychelles hopes to bring in more travellers. The minister also added that inaugurating this route could also provide options to operate in other major Chinese cities. The route will be operated using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with 18 business class and 236 economy class seats, offering more than 13,000 incremental annual seats into Seychelles, confirmed airline officials.
Joël Morgan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Transport and Chairman of Air Seychelles, said: “In accordance with the bilateral Air Services Agreement between the Republic of Seychelles and the Republic of China, we are pleased to announce the intention of Air Seychelles to commence a once per week scheduled charter flight between Beijing, China and Seychelles from late January 2016.”
To build its market presence in China and support sales, Air Seychelles is currently concluding the Memorandum of Understanding with Ankeyunda, a leading sales agency with more than 500 partners throughout mainland China.
The Minister said: “Beijing services will lay the foundation for us to potentially add more weekly frequencies from Beijing or even consider other key cities in China, but for that to happen the operation has to be sustainable. There is enormous travel demand to Seychelles from China that we can tap into if all stakeholders come together and work as a team.”
Air Seychelles is currently 40% owned by Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates. Under the strategic equity partnership, the two airlines have collaborated on a long-term business plan which sees Air Seychelles renew its fleet, take advantage of Etihad Airways’ resources and extensive global route network, maximize efficiencies and boost sales opportunities.
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