Air Seychelles international expansion plan

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According to eTurboNews, Air Seychelles has announced, subject to regulatory approval, that it will launch flights to Paris Orly as part of an expansion to its international schedule.

From February 2014, Air Seychelles will operate two return services per week between Seychelles and Paris Orly via Abu Dhabi with an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, configured with 18 flat-bed Business Class seats and 236 Economy seats.

Currently, the island carrier codeshares on 14 flights per week to Paris Charles De Gaulle with equity partner Etihad Airways, offering a daily service between the archipelago and the French capital. The new flights will increase the connections to 18 per week.

The airline also unveiled a new regional network plan, subject to approvals, which will see significant expansion of its operations in the Indian Ocean in the last quarter of 2014, following the delivery of an Airbus A319.

Highlights of the plan include the launch of regional services to Antananarivo (Madagascar), Reunion and Mumbai (India); an increase in services to Abu Dhabi from seven to 11 per week, offering a double daily service with equity partner Etihad Airways; a network designed to maximise connectivity through the Seychelles, with two-way connectivity throughout the region with Mumbai and Abu Dhabi and beyond.

With this new regional schedule, Air Seychelles will operate three return flights per week to Mauritius and Mumbai, two return flights per week to Antananarivo and Reunion, and 11 return flights per week to Abu Dhabi.

The airline will also offer three return flights per week to Hong Kong, three return flights per week to Johannesburg (South Africa), and two flights per week to Paris Orly.

Altogether, the airline will nearly double its weekly international services from 16 to 29 flights per week.