Seychelles Launches New Dubai Service

By King, Geoffrey | African Business, January 1994 | Go to article overview

Seychelles Launches New Dubai Service


King, Geoffrey, African Business


BEGINNING ON 16 January, Air Seychelles is to commence a weekly service to Bahrain via Dubai in the United Arab Emirates from its home airport on Mahe in Seychelles. The service is to be operated using a Boeing 757-200 ER (extended range) aircraft acquired from International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC).

The flight is to leave Seychelles on Thursday morning and is to arrive in Dubai in the afternoon en route to Bahrain, where it is to terminate. The jet is then to lift off from Bahrain on Friday morning, call in at Dubai and then continue to Mahe, where it is to terminate.

The new General Manager, Planning and Commercial, at Air Seychelles, Bernard Moutia, comments, "The Boeing 757 aircraft was acquired in order to supplement our long-range operations and expand our regional services. This new service will offer people holidaying in the Seychelles the chance to visit the Middle East providing them with an ideal two-centre holiday package." The service will also enable residents of Dubai and the Gulf as a whole to visit Seychelles on holiday or on business.

In November, the carrier resumed its weekly Rome service, adding a stop-over at the Italian capital once a week on its London Gatwick-Mahe service. Operated using a Boeing 767-200 ER, the Air Seychelles flight departs from London Gatwick on Sunday evening, arrives in Rome early Monday morning and then lands in Mahe on Monday afternoon. On the return leg, the jet departs from Mahe on Sunday morning, lands in Rome on Sunday evening and continues on the same day to London Gatwick.

Air Seychelles Manager for the UK and Ireland Alan Sherman observes, "I am delighted we again have traffic rights from London to Rome and from Rome to London. …

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