Air Seychelles to deploy second A330 on new Hong Kong route

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Air Seychelles will launch services to Hong Kong in February 2013, after taking delivery of its second wet-leased Airbus A330.

Subject to regulatory approval, the carrier will operate thrice weekly flights from the Seychelles to Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi.

The stopover in the United Arab Emirates will enable shareholder Etihad Airways to codeshare with the Seychellois flag carrier on the route.

"Through our partnership with Etihad Airways, we have been able to serve a much larger network and make improvements to the business that we could not have achieved independently," says Air Seychelles chief executive Cramer Ball.

"We are on track to break even this year, ensuring that Air Seychelles will continue to grow and thrive for many years to come."

Air Seychelles took delivery of its first A330 in July under a sub-wet-lease agreement with Etihad, which in turn leased it from ILFC. The Abu Dhabi flag carrier acquired a 40% stake in Air Seychelles in January.