Air Seychelles has signed a new codeshare with Air India and, separately, agreed to provide internships for engineering students at Sri Lanka’s Colombo International Nautical and Engineering College (CINEC).
Under the codeshare deal, which was agreed Oct. 4, Air India will place its AI code on Air Seychelles’ 5X-weekly services from Mumbai to the Seychelles, as well as its Johannesburg service.
In return, Air Seychelles will add its HM code to Air India’s flights between Mumbai and Bangkok, as well as eight Air India domestic destinations: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata and Trivandrum.
“Our vast domestic network will ensure a seamless travel experience from all parts of India to the direct flight between Mumbai and Seychelles,” Air India chairman and managing director PS Kharola said.
Air Seychelles, which is 40%-owned by Etihad Airways, currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai.
On Oct. 5, Air Seychelles also signed a memorandum of understanding with CINEC to provide two-year aircraft-maintenance internships for students at the academy, once they have completed their aircraft maintenance technician training. The students will then be eligible to obtain a basic license from the Sri Lankan CAA to work with airlines, or aircraft repair organizations.
“At the moment we have seven students undergoing the aircraft maintenance internship program in the Seychelles and, as we are very satisfied with their performance, it is only right that we establish a formal agreement to continue to provide support to this professional establishment,” Air Seychelles CEO Remco Althuis said.
The partnership may be extended to include an exchange arrangement, with Air Seychelles sending staff for training at CINEC.