Mahé, Seychelles - Air Seychelles, the national carrier of the Republic of Seychelles, took delivery of its first A320neo at the Airbus's Hamburg Finkenwerder facilities on July 31st.
The aircraft (MSN 8972), which was registered as S7-VEV was leased from CDB Aviation. With this delivery, Air Seychelles became the first airline to operate the Airbus's revamped single-aisle jet in Africa.
Air Seychelles' A320neo is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A26 engines and configured to accommodate 168 passengers in total - 12 in Business Class and 156 in Economy.
The airline plans to deploy its first A320neo on routes to Mumbai in India, Antananarivo in Madagascar, Johannesburg in South Africa from August and then Tel Aviv Ben Gurion in Israel from November.
The African carrier has one A320neo on its backlog, which will be delivered by the American leasing company Air Lease Corporation in the first quarter of 2020.
Air Seychelles currently operates two Airbus A320-200 and five DHC-6-400 Twin Otter.
DHC-6-400 Twin Otter