Air Seychelles to wet lease second A330 from Etihad

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Air Seychelles will receive its second Airbus A330-200 on sub wet lease from Etihad early next year, with a view to converting it to a dry operating lease by mid-2013.

The 2006 vintage aircraft (MSN 807) is owned by ILFC and was previously operated by Jet Airways and Gulf Air, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database.

The Seychellois flag carrier took delivery of its first sub wet leased A330 (MSN 751) from Etihad in July.

At the time an airline spokesperson told Flightglobal that it expected the second aircraft to enter service on a dry lease, but the carrier now plans to convert both units to dry leases simultaneously at some point next summer.

Air Seychelles is using the wet leases as an interim solution while its pilots complete training for the type.

Etihad acquired a 40% stake in Air Seychelles in January, since which time the Abu Dhabi-based carrier has been closely involved in the latter's restructuring efforts.

Cramer Ball was appointed Air Seychelles chief executive in February, having formerly served as Etihad's regional general manager Asia-Pacific South and Australasia. Chief financial officer Shelley Cole also joined the airline from Etihad.

The Gulf carrier additionally sub wet leases one of its A320s to Air Seychelles.