Etihad to provide Air Seychelles with capacity lift as the cooperation evolves further

Air Seychelles’ new managing owner, Etihad Airways, has opted to provide the island nation airline with additional aircraft capacity as the cooperation between the two evolves further.
Under the new arrangement, some routes presently operated by Air Seychelles will see Etihad aircraft being operated with the former’s callsign, effective 1st May. While this could also hint at a possible maintenance related need at Air Seychelles, it could well also be the gradual beginning of a refleeting programme at the airline.
The routes presently planned to be operated by Etihad, under the Air Seychelles code, are as follows
- Seychelles – Abu Dhabi, thrice weekly, to be operated by Airbus A330-200
- Seychelles – Johannesburg, twice weekly, to be operated by Airbus A330-200
- Seychelles – Mauritius, twice weekly, to be operated by Airbus A320
The GDSs are presently showing some contradicting data on the continuation of this service after May, and we will have to wait for a few more days to find this out accurately. With a more modern fleet, and with the aim of achieving cost synergies through fleet commonality, it is quite possible that Etihad may look into replacing Air Seychelles fleet with the same aircraft types that it uses. Is this the beginning of a such move? Let us know in the comments.

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