By Staff writer
Dubai-based airline to increase weekly capacity by 1,722 seats to Indian Ocean Island of Seychelles
Emirates Airline is set to increase its capacity to the popular Indian Ocean Island of Seychelles, when it switches from the current Airbus 330-200 used on one of the two daily services to a larger Boeing 777-300ER from June 1.
The introduction of the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER will increase overall capacity on the route by 1,722 seats per week and will make the route an all-Boeing 777 operation.
Orhan Abbas, Emirates senior vice president, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa, said: “The Seychelles is a very popular leisure destination, and we have experienced consistent growth on the route since we started operations to the island on January 1 2005, with three weekly flights using an Airbus A330-200.
"Since then we have had to gradually increase our frequencies and deploy larger aircraft to meet growing demand, and now 10 years later, starting from June 1 we will have two Boeing 777s on the route.
“The island draws a lot of leisure travellers from across our network, with many coming from the Middle East, Europe and Russia. In 2014, Emirates carried well in excess of 200,000 customers to and from the Seychelles,” he added.
Alain St Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Seychelles, said: "The announcement by Emirates that they will be introducing a second Boeing 777 on the Seychelles route is indeed good news for the tourism industry of our islands.
"This announcement also guarantees our visitors that they can now enjoy the Dubai – Seychelles service with three classes on both Emirates flights every day. We take this opportunity to thank Emirates for their continued support and for believing in the tourism industry of Seychelles."
The larger aircraft also opens up additional cargo capacity of over 80 tonnes per week on the route, facilitating further trade opportunities between Seychelles and Emirates global network of more than 140 destinations.
Seychelles exports fresh and frozen seafood, fruits and vegetables and ornamental fish, while imports also include fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables and meat, automotive spare parts, dry foodstuffs and beverages, personal effects and construction equipment.
I hope they can add Malaga at some stage