National carrier Air Seychelles, which is 40% owned by Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways PJSC, will commence thrice a week direct flights between Mumbai and Mahé commencing December 2 2014, subject to regulatory approvals.
The roughly four hour long flight is expected to be operated by a two-class Airbus A320 aircraft, with 16 business and 120 economy class seats. The airline is expecting delivery of the A320s in late November early December.
Mumbai will be the fifth regional destination for the carrier, after with Antananarivo in Madagascar, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Johannesburg in South Africa and Mauritius.
Flights will depart Mahé at 20:45 on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, arriving Mumbai at 02:55 the next morning. On the return flights will depart Mumbai 04:00 on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, arriving Mahé, at 07:00am. Both flights are designed to offer connections to and from Antananarivo, Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg, and Mauritius.
Air Seychelles will use the marketing reach of Etihad Airways in India and we expect it will leverage the gulf carrier’s partnership with Jet Airways to extend its reach within India.