In late October Air Seychelles announced its purchase of three 19-seat Viking Air DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400s as part of a plan to renew its domestic fleet for services between Mahé and Praslin, as well as other islands in the archipelago, including Bird, Denis and Frégate. The airline expects to take all three turboprops by mid-2015 but holds an option for earlier delivery if aircraft become available. It now operates one Viking Twin Otter Series 400 and three aging de Havilland Canada-built Series 300s, all of which it plans to replace with the newly ordered airplanes.
“The replacement of the domestic fleet had long been planned by the government; however, due to previous financial constraints this was not possible,” said Joel Morgan, Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs and Transport and chairman of Air Seychelles.
This year Air Seychelles has signed codeshare agreements with Airberlin, South African Airways and Czech Airlines, expanded the number of codeshare destinations with equity partner Etihad Airways, witnessed surging passenger growth in its domestic services and posted its first profit in three years.