Air Seychelles confirms delivery of second A320neo in 2020
Air Seychelles has confirmed the delivery of its second A320neo aircraft in April 2020. The new generation aircraft which forms part of the airline’s plan to refresh its fleet will generate unbeatable efficiency, lowest operating costs and will significantly reduce environmental footprint.
Equipped with 12 Business and 156 Economy Class seats, similarly to the current A320neo aircraft, the latest addition to the fleet will also be named after one of Seychelles critically endangered bird, as part of the airline’s commitment to raise awareness about the protection of the Seychelles ecosystem and its endemic species.
In addition to providing increased capacity across the airlines’ network, the newest acquisition will further improve the operational performance of the airline allowing better schedule flexibility within the overall flight programme, especially when conducting the aircraft allocation plan according to a specific route, apart from standardising the galley equipment on board the aircraft.
Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles said, “The delivery of the second A320neo aircraft will complete an integral part of the Air Seychelles business transformation plan, related to the entire refresh of the airlines jet fleet. Besides operating the most technologically advanced aircraft in the region, in 2020, Air Seychelles will also maintain the youngest fleet of modern aircraft in the Indian Ocean, thus positioning itself as the airline of choice in the region. For the past three months, the overall on-time-performance of the current fleet has been operating at 83% and by next year with the arrival of the second A320neo aircraft, we expect this performance to improve significantly.”
In August 2019, Air Seychelles became the first airline to take delivery and operate the first A320neo aircraft in Africa.
Following a successful three months of operation and having completed 298 flights, to date, the new aircraft has generated 20% fuel savings on average per flight, with approximately 50% reduced noise footprint and nitrogen oxides (N0x).