Air Seychelles Receive 2nd / 3rd Viking Series 400 Twin Otter Aircraft
Farnborough, England, July 15th, 2014: In a delivery event held today at the Farnborough International Airshow, Viking Air Limited of Victoria, British Columbia, officially handed over the keys to MSN 898, the second of a total four Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft purchased by Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles.
Viking production serial number MSN 898, alongside MSN 899, underwent back-to-back aircraft acceptance procedures with Air Seychelles representatives at Viking's corporate headquarters in the weeks leading up to Farnborough, and will be available for viewing on static display for the duration of the airshow.
The two new aircraft will join the first Air Seychelles Twin Otter Series 400 delivered in 2011 as 19-passenger regional commuters operating as pillars of tourism for the domestic carrier throughout the Seychelles archipelago. The fourth and final Air Seychelles Series 400 Twin Otter is scheduled for delivery in mid-2015.
Manoj Papa, Air Seychelles' CEO, said "As fully backed by our shareholders - the government of Seychelles and Etihad Airways - Viking are without question our preferred supplier and partner in the 19-seat aircraft category. This delivery of new Twin Otters to serve the inter-islands is a win-win for Viking Air Limited, Air Seychelles and the thousands of passengers who fly on domestic services in Seychelles every year. Island hopping by air in Seychelles is growing in popularity and the new aircraft will be a terrific addition to our fleet. They are the right tools at the right time for Air Seychelles."
David Curtis, Viking president & CEO, stated, "We believe that Air Seychelles' selection of the Twin Otter Series 400 will not only positively impact their ability to service travelers throughout the island nation, but as a strategic partner to Etihad Airways, will help to expand the Series 400 brand presence throughout the Middle East / North Africa region."
About Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Hong Kong, Mauritius, and Paris. Air Seychelles also offers more than 200 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, as well as domestic charter services. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation's strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 percent stakeholder.