Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles and Air Lease Corporation confirmed a lease agreement for one new Airbus A320neo aircraft on a long-term lease arrangement. This new A320neo is the second of two Airbus aircraft on lease to Air Seychelles from Air Lease Corporation and joins an A320-200 aircraft currently on long-term lease to the airline.

The new aircraft will feature CFM LEAP 1A-26 engines and is confirmed to deliver to the airline in the first quarter of 2020 and will be cost-effective addition to the carriers fleet. "The new aircraft will not only position Air Seychelles as the ‘airline of choice within the Indian Ocean,’ but it will also enable Air Seychelles to operate in a more efficient manner. This is definitely a significant milestone for the national airline and we thank Air Lease Corporation for their support throughout this process.” said Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles.

Steven Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “This A320neo will be a key addition to the airline’s fleet as Air Seychelles continues to grow its network and maximize their competitive advantage in the region.”

Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai. Air Seychelles also offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including domestic charter services. As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, the carrier is a key central pillar of tourism, which is the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, which has a 40% stake in the company.