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The news that our national carrier, Air Seychelles, has clinched four awards including the “Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline” at the World Travel Awards for the Indian Ocean, is a well-deserved accolade after the airline went through some turbulence not so long ago in 2012.  As a result of the hard times the airline entered into a strategic partnership with Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways, which bought a 40 percent stake in the company - a venture that, regardless of the adverse publicity in the local opposition political media - is today paying dividends.

This is not the first time that Air Seychelles is awarded, for this year it picked up the title for leading airline in the Indian Ocean for the third consecutive year.  However, this year the airline won the “Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline – Business Class,” “Indian Ocean’s Leading Cabin Crew” and, for the first time, “Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline Brand” at the ceremony in the Maldives last Sunday.  In view that Air Seychelles is our national carrier, to see the airline tower over its competitors in the Indian Ocean region is not only a mega boost for its employee’s and business partners’ morale but also a huge thumbs up for our country as a whole.  Let’s face it, when we say “Air Seychelles”, it’s the word “Seychelles” that resonates and to which all of us citizens of this country share a common bond.
Competition is rather tough in the airline industry and the Indian Ocean region is not an exception. Thus, to win four awards for excellence in the industry is not an easy feat, especially for an airline the size of our Air Seychelles, which must have punched way above its weight to outdo the others, as rightly pointed out by the airline’s Chief Executive.  To see Air Seychelles triumph in what Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive, Roy Kinnear, describes as an “extremely competitive environment” is a testimony of the immense progress that Air Seychelles has made over the last few years, irrespective of the numerous challenges it faces on a daily basis.
To echo the words of the words of the Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation, Ports and Marine, Maurice Lousteau-Lalanne, Air Seychelles’ success “illustrates how far a boutique airline can go when it has a strong vision and a team committed to success”.  That is what Air Seychelles is all about: quality service on the ground and in the air at all times.
We avail of this opportune time of celebrations to congratulate Air Seychelles for its phenomenal achievement and wish the airline’s management and staff continued success in the years ahead.