Air Seychelles has increased capacity on its Johannesburg service, utilising an A330-200 Etihad-branded aircraft on the route before it introduces its own branded aircraft from June.
The new aircraft will not only result in an adjusted number of both business and economy-class seats – down from 24 to 18 in business class but up from 190 to 236 in economy as of June – but will also add new in-flight product, including individual television screens for passengers.
For the month of May, the Etihad aircraft will seat 22 J-class and 240 Y-class passengers.
General Manager Air Seychelles South Africa, Deon Freemantle, added that a third flight into South Africa, announced earlier this year as part of a two-year restructuring plan for the airline, was still on the cards, although a launch date has not yet been determined.
“We are still working on the third flight but the new aircraft will operate the two flights per week. As far as product is concerned, it is a big upgrade offering extra value and is very exciting,” he said.
In addition to the possible expansion of services into South Africa, Air Seychelles is also plotting the introduction of services to Beijing next year, intended to allow for convenient connections from Johannesburg.