Tuesday, January 29, 2013

► SEYCHELLES: See Video of Air Seychelles' second A330 set to start ops in March.

Air SeychellesSeychellois national carrier, Air Seychelles (HM), today took delivery of its second Airbus A330-200. The aircraft is scheduled to make its first test flight in February and will subsequently enter active service in March to launch Air Seychelles’ new international schedule, which includes new services to Hong Kong and increased frequencies to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg and Mauritius.
Like its sister, Albadra, the aircraft has been named in honour of Vallée de Mai, the Seychelles’ second UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site located on the island of Praslin and which is home to the famous Coco de Mer, the world’s largest seed and symbol of the Seychelles.

A timelapse video of the aircraft undergoing painting at Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies:

Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer, said: 
"Air Seychelles’ livery turns heads, both in the sky and on the ground, embodying the beauty of the islands and the liveliness of the culture. Our livery is based on the pristine ecosystem of the Seychelles and our support for a greener Seychelles. With these changes, our aircraft will be even more distinctive.

“I’m particularly proud of the name given to the aircraft, as this year, Vallée the Mai observes its 30th year as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We are thrilled, as the national airline, to promote these symbols of the Seychelles’ environmental commitment.
Source [aviator.aero]

On the new aircraft, the UNESCO status is included alongside the Vallée de Mai name, visible to passengers upon boarding.