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Air Seychelles welcomes Airbus test flight to Seychelles

Posted 30 March 2018 · Add Comment

Air Seychelles has facilitated an Airbus test flight of a state-of-the-art A321LR from Sharjah to Seychelle.

The aircraft arrived in Mahé on Wednesday 28 March at 6 pm, providing a rare chance for aviation enthusiasts to get a glimpse of Airbus’ latest aircraft before it departs for the French capital this evening.

Air Seychelles, which operates Airbus aircraft on its international services, hosted a senior delegation from Airbus during the visit, as well as provided ground handling for the flight

In addition, the airline held a joint press conference this morning with representatives from Airbus and the Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Loustau-Lalanne.

Following the meeting with the press, guests were able to experience the ultramodern aircraft for themselves by taking a guided tour led by Airbus flight engineers, which included videos and a virtual reality 360° experience. 

Minister Loustau-Lalanne said: “We are honoured that Airbus, a leading global aircraft manufacturer, has chosen to conduct a test flight to Seychelles. It not only reflects the growing importance of the Seychelles civil aviation market, but also the strong relationship between our national airline and Airbus. The A321LR looks like a fantastic aircraft and we are excited to see it in our skies.”

Remco Althuis, chief executive officer of Air Seychelles, said: “We are delighted to have facilitated this test flight and welcomed the Airbus team to Seychelles. As a proud operator of the Airbus fleet, seeing the latest variant of the A320 family land on our shores has been an exciting moment. Like its predecessors, the A321LR features top-of-the-line efficiency and performance. It looks set to become another winning aircraft for Airbus.”

“We are delighted that Air Seychelles is hosting the A321LR for the first time in the island of Mahe” said Patrick du Ché SVP Flight and Integration Tests at Airbus.

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