Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PHOTOS: Air Seychelles celebrates its inaugural flight to Hong Kong

Water cannon salute for the inaugural Air Seychelles flight to Hong Kong
The inaugural Air Seychelles flight to Hong Kong
It was celebration time for Air Seychelles yesterday, as the national carrier’s brand new service to Hong Kong was inaugurated with much fanfare.

A traditional Chinese Lion Dance was held at Mahe International Airport as Flight HM86 departed on 24th March 2013.

Operated with a brightly-coloured Airbus A330-200, the aircraft received a water cannon salute after touching down at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday morning (after a brief transit stop at Abu Dhabi International Airport).

I’ve included a photo on this page to give you a taster of the celebrations – I’ve also uploaded a photo album from the inaugural flight on my Facebook page, click here to view them.

On board the inaugural flight was a delegation of senior government officials from the Republic of the Seychelles, the People’s Republic of China, and senior executives from both airlines.

The flight was the first of three weekly services between the Seychelles and Hong Kong, operated with equity and codeshare partner, Etihad Airways.

“The launch of services to Hong Kong is a momentous occasion for Air Seychelles, capping a remarkable year in which we returned to profitability. Through our partnership with Etihad Airways we have been able to transform our business and make improvements that we could not have achieved independently,” commented Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles Chief Executive Officer.

“We have responded to demand from our affluent leisure and tourism guests, and introduced a new international inflight product with fully flat beds and restaurant-quality food and beverage service.  With our special blend of Seychellois hospitality and unique Creole warmth your holiday begins as soon as you step on board,” he added.

The Air Seychelles’ Airbus A330-200 can carry 254 passengers with 18 seats in business class and 236 in economy class.

Guests traveling between Hong Kong and the Seychelles will remain on the same aircraft and keep the same seat for both legs of the journey, allowing a seamless journey through Abu Dhabi.


  1. Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983.
  2. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Mauritius and Hong Kong.
  3. Air Seychelles also offers more than 200 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, as well as domestic charter services. 
  4. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is considered a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector.
  5. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder.


  1. I am SO very excited for all the special friends at my beloved HM! Sending enormous congratulations and love, Janey

  2. The new plane is beautiful - here's hoping that there will be many more built to get people to and from the gorgeous Seychelles Islands


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