Air Seychelles will take delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft in December, heralding significant enhancements to its international flight schedule at the same time.

The changes, effective from December 1, include increased weekly frequencies between the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi, more capacity on flights to Mauritius and revised schedules for routes to and from Johannesburg, Mauritius and Paris.

The carrier's CEO, Manoj Papa, said: “The addition of a two-cabin Airbus A320 aircraft to our fleet, configured with 16 seats in Business Class and 120 in Economy Class, forms an essential component of our plan to establish ourselves as the carrier of choice in the Indian Ocean region.

“The aircraft, a wet lease from partner Etihad Airways, will allow us to extend the depth and breadth of our network, increase our regional brand presence, and crucially deliver more revenue which will be used to further develop our expanding services.

“Subject to regulatory approvals and beyond confirmed schedule updates and frequency enhancements, additional route announcements are planned in the coming months, so that by the end of 2014 our brightly-coloured aircraft will be seen at many more destinations."

From December, Mauritius services will move to a morning departure from the Seychelles, operating on Monday, Friday and Saturday, with the Saturday service flown by the island carrier’s Airbus A330-200 aircraft, providing 29% more seat capacity.

Paris services operated by an Airbus A330-200 wide-body aircraft will sport new flight numbers, and depart Paris Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday and Saturday respectively, arriving in Seychelles Thursday and Sunday.  Similarly, flights to Paris will depart Seychelles onTuesday and Friday, arriving in Paris the following day. Johannesburg’s three weekly wide-body services will operate on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, offering a convenient new weekend option for guests.

The carrier's services between Abu Dhabi and Seychelles will increase from 14 to 18 flights per week, while partner Etihad Airways will continue to operate three return services per week on the same route, offering customers a choice of 24 weekly flights between Seychelles and Abu Dhabi.

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