Air Seychelles has welcomed the first of two new Twin Otter DHC-6 400 aircraft into its domestic fleet.
In late 2016, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles announced plans to undergo a major flee t expansion to significantly enhance its services and strengthen its regional network this year.
The new aircraft named Praslin after the second-largest island in Seychelles was welcomed by a delegation of government, tourism and airline officials.
“Twin Otter aircraft have been an iconic sight in our skies for decades and it’s great to see the latest generation enter our fleet, not to mention the development of the dedicated, professional pilots who will be flying them,” Jean Weeling-Lee, Chairman of Air Seychelles.
The new Twin Otter aircraft will enable the airline increase its number of flights by 12 per cent, providing more connectivity and convenience for residents and tourists in Seychelles.
Praslin will replace an older Twin Otter aircraft and will be joined later by another DHC-6 400 turboprop called Farquhar.
Twin Otter aircraft are ideal and extremely reliable for the tropical environment of Seychelles. Air Seychelles believes that Praslin and Farquhar aircraft will serve the airline’s business and guests for many years to come.
The airline also promoted five pilots in its domestic operations to the rank of Captain. Its strong pilot development programme sees a career path for Seychollois nationals progressing through First Officer to Captains on the Twin Otter aircraft and then onwards onto the Airbus Jet fleet.
Both Twin Otter aircraft will begin operations before end of March 2017.