The Seychellois national airline, Air Seychelles, sold one of their Short 360 aircraft last week to an Israeli aviation company, and the aircraft has already been flown to Israel and taken off the Seychelles registry. It is understood that alongside the sale, a maintenance support agreement has also been signed between the buyers and Air Seychelles.
A brand new Twin Otter DHC 6-400 will join the Air Seychelles fleet next month, as already reported a few weeks ago, when the airline had confirmed the purchase of an additional state-of-the-art turboprop, which will join existing Twin Otters on the fleet.
The airline’s turboprop aircrafts are the backbone of domestic services from Mahe International Airport to outlying aerodromes and airfields like Praslin and others, and much in demand to transport tourists on arrival directly to their final island destination, if they are not staying on in Mahe.
Meanwhile, the closure of the European airspaces had also affected Air Seychelles, as flights in and out of the UK were halted. Passengers already enroute from Mahe to London were accommodated in Zurich, where the flight made a scheduled stop, as it could then not proceed to London while the atmosphere was still full of ash. By the time of going to press, all scheduled flights has resumed and normality had been restored. Well done, Air Seychelles, for not stranding the passengers or dumping them, as has been reported from other affected airlines, which were in-flight to the UK and then had to land at European mainland airports before those also closed.