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Air Seychelles Enlarges Fleet

Thu Jul 27, 2006 9:58 pm

Air Seychelles has finalised the purchase of a second 36-seater Shorts 360 aircraft which, according to the airline, will increase capacity on the domestic network by 38%.

The aircraft, which will join the domestic fleet of one other Shorts 360 and three DHC6-300 Twin Otters, is expected to arrive here early next month in time to meet the peak period around mid-August, says a press release from the airline.

“Since the introduction of the first Shorts some three years ago, it is clearly the passengers’ favourite as it not only offers more capacity but stand-up room, overhead racks and a quieter cabin,” says the press release.

Commenting on the purchase, Air Seychelles’ chief executive & chairman, Captain David Savy, says: “We have had the benefit of operating the Shorts 360 for the past years and this is a welcome addition given that there is strong growth in that sector of the business and passengers expect shorter transit times when arriving or departing on an international service”.

The second Shorts 360 aircraft, named Isle of La Digue, is now being fitted in with ferry fuel tanks and is expected to fly over 8750km to Seychelles with technical stops for refuelling in France, Italy , Greece , Egypt and Yemen prior to arriving here in time for the peak of mid-August, the busiest tourism period in Seychelles.

Being the legal owner of the second Shorts 360, Air Seychelles has registered the aircraft with the Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority under the call-sign S7-PRI, says the press release.
Any special reason why they operate the Shorts 360 and not a more modern type? Financing issues?
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RE: Air Seychelles Enlarges Fleet

Thu Jul 27, 2006 10:03 pm

Quoting Flying-Tiger (Thread starter):
Any special reason why they operate the Shorts 360 and not a more modern type? Financing issues?

Ownership cost are low, and probably able to land at short runways.

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RE: Air Seychelles Enlarges Fleet

Thu Jul 27, 2006 11:28 pm

I heard that a chinese delegation visited Seychelles two or three months ago to offer its Y-12 to substitute the old DH6's??

Any new notice about it??

Can I see this aircraft flying in Seychelles?? Why not the MA-60 that Air Zimbabwe is flying nowadays??
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