|Hubs||Seychelles International Airport|
|Parent company||Government of Seychelles|
|Key people||Remco Althuis (CEO)|
|Revenue||US$ 106.9 million (2014)|
|Profit||US$ 3.2 million (2014)|
Air Seychelles is the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles. Its head office is located at Seychelles International Airport on the island of Mahé and it operates inter-island and international flights and charter flights.
The Seychelles government merged Air Mahé and Inter-Island Airways, creating Seychelles Airlines, on 15 September 1977. Air Seychelles began domestic operations using Britten-Norman Trislander, Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander and later Short 360 aircraft. It was renamed Air Seychelles in September 1978. The airline began international routes in 1983 to Frankfurt and London.
In February 2012, the United Arab Emirates national carrier, Etihad Airways, invested US$45 million in Air Seychelles for a 40% share in the airline following problems of management and profitability. After operating at a loss for two years in a row, Air Seychelles planned to restructure and re-position itself to return to profit. The airline entered into codeshare agreements with Etihad Airways and started flying to Abu Dhabi in March 2012 to connect to Etihad Airways' network of destinations.
On 16 March 2012, Air Seychelles announced a two-year business plan including the renewal of its fleet, leveraging Etihad Airways equity partnership – known as Etihad Airways Partners (which also includes Alitalia, Air Serbia and Virgin Australia), the introduction of Airbus A330−200 aircraft after over two decades of an all-Boeing fleet, increased frequencies to key destinations, and closer cooperation with Etihad Airways.
On 12 March 2015, Air Seychelles released their results for 2014, declaring US$3.2 million in net profits.
In January 2018, Air Seychelles announced the closure of its sole long-haul route (Paris), the return of its two Airbus A330 long-haul aircraft, and a focus on its regional network. The plan is aimed at ensuring the long-term profitability and sustainability for the airline, in response to rapidly increasing competition. Remco Althuis, Interim CEO, said, 'The launch of competing air services from Europe to Seychelles will significantly impact Air Seychelles' flights to and from Paris, which account for approximately 30% of total passenger revenue at the airline, making the route unsustainable.' The airline will refocus on its domestic and regional networks, with a reduced workforce.
Air Seychelles was established and originally owned by the Government of Seychelles, having purchased and merged several small aircraft operators into one airline. Following problems of management and profitability, Etihad Airways acquired a 40 percent stake in Air Seychelles in 2012, in a deal worth $45m. On 1 May 2021 it was announced Etihad Airways sold its 40% stake back to the Government of Seychelles for $1.
The key trends for Air Seychelles over recent years are shown below (as at year ending 31 December):
|Net Profits (US$m)||1.1||3.0||3.2||2.1|
|Number of employees (at year end)||536||629||650||727||787||725|
|Number of passengers (000s)||241||352||412||523||550||455|
|Passenger load factor (%)||50||60||66|
|Number of aircraft (at year end)||10||10||7|
Air Seychelles flights operated by an Airbus A320 have Business Class.
Air Seychelles VIP is a specialised facility offering services for VIP passengers, aircraft crew and aeronautical technical support, including fixed-base operation which is managed in conjunction with Royal Jet.
The Air Seychelles Plus Programme has been fully integrated into Etihad Guest, the loyalty programme of Etihad Airways, since June 2012.
As of January 2020, Air Seychelles serves the following destinations:
|India||Mumbai||Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport|||
|Israel||Tel Aviv||Ben Gurion Airport|||
|Madagascar||Antananarivo||Ivato International Airport||Seasonal|||
|Mauritius||Port Louis||Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport|
|Seychelles||Bird Island||Bird Island Airport||Charter|||
|Denis Island||Denis Island Airport||Charter|||
|D'Arros Island||D'Arros Island Airport||Charter|||
|Mahé||Seychelles International Airport||Hub|
|Praslin||Praslin Island Airport|
|South Africa||Johannesburg||O. R. Tambo International Airport|||
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi International Airport||Terminated|||
Air Seychelles has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:
As of May 2020[update], the Air Seychelles fleet comprises the following aircraft:
|Viking Air DHC-6-400 Twin Otter||5||—||–||19||19|
In October 2011, after nearly 25 years in their livery using traditional red, white and green local colours with two white terns (Gygis alba, the national bird of Seychelles), Air Seychelles painted its first Boeing 767-300ER aircraft in the company's new colours. The colours used on the tail end are blue, green, red and white.