HONG KONG, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Seychelles has received government approval to sell flights to Hong Kong, which will commence on March 24, 2013.
The three return services per week, operated from the Seychelles to Hong Kong via Abu Dhabi, are available for purchase now.
The new flights will be operated by Air Seychelles' second Airbus A330-200 aircraft, which is due for delivery in early 2013.
Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles' Chief Executive Officer, said: "Hong Kong is one of the most dynamic financial and commercial hubs in North Asia. It is also a potential gateway to expand Air Seychelles' reach within the region, with convenient connections to more than 30 destinations across mainland China, Japan and Australia.
"This link between the Seychelles and the thriving economies of Asia opens up a huge market for Seychelles tourism. Since announcing our plans, we have been meeting with travel industry representatives in Hong Kong and laying the foundations for the market. The response we have received there has been overwhelmingly positive, with travel agents and tour operators enthusiastic about bringing more travellers to our archipelago."
Guests travelling between Hong Kong and the Seychelles will remain on the same aircraft and keep the same seat for both legs of the journey, allowing a seamless journey over Abu Dhabi.
By operating the flights over Abu Dhabi, Air Seychelles can also codeshare with Etihad Airways to support further traffic to and from China. This dual approach will enable the airline to capture a significant market share.
For further information and bookings, call +852 37973488 or +852 37973489.
Seychelles-Abu Dhabi-Hong Kong schedule:
Flight # Departs Dept. Arrives Arr. Frequency
HM86 Seychelles 15:40 Abu Dhabi 20:10 Tuesday, Thursday,
(SEZ) (AUH) Sunday
HM86 Abu Dhabi 21:40 Hong Kong 09:40+1 Tuesday, Thursday,
(AUH) (HKG) Sunday
HM87 Hong Kong 18:55 Abu Dhabi 23:25 Monday, Wednesday,
(HKG) (AUH) Friday
HM87 Abu Dhabi 02:00 Seychelles 06:35 Tuesday, Thursday,
(AUH) (SEZ) Saturday
A330-200 configuration: 18 Pearl business class seats, 236 economy class seats.
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 and Mauritius. 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 per cent stakeholder. For more information, please visit: www.airseychelles.com .
About Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, began operations in 2003, and in 2011 carried 8.3 million passengers. From its hub at Abu Dhabi International Airport, Etihad Airways serves 86 passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas, with a fleet of 68 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and over 90 aircraft on firm order, including 10 Airbus A380s, the world's largest passenger aircraft. Etihad Airways also holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Seychelles, Virgin Australia and Aer Lingus. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com .
SOURCE Air Seychelles