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A new era of commercial cooperation between Air Seychelles and Air France is being promised through a Memorandum of Understanding between the two carriers.
The development will support the launch of a non-stop, three times a week Air Seychelles service to the French capital on July 1.
Air Seychelles launched a twice-weekly service between the Seychelles and Paris via Abu Dhabi in July last year.
The memorandum lays the groundwork for a commercial agreement which aims to deliver a range of benefits to both airlines.
This includes codeshare opportunities between Air France and Air Seychelles on each other’s respective networks, reciprocal frequent flyer points earn, redemption and recognition benefits, as well as technical and cargo co-operation, subject to regulatory approvals.
Air Seychelles chairman Joel Morgan said: “The renewed partnership with Air France is a significant milestone for Air Seychelles and forms a key part of our strategy to build upon tourism arrivals from France and the wider Europe region. It is something that we have worked very hard to achieve.”
Air France chairman and chief executive Frédéric Gagey said: “We are pleased to develop our relationship with Air Seychelles, which will provide guests with enhanced access between France and the Seychelles archipelago.
“Through this MoU, we can explore joint opportunities that will give business and leisure travellers an unmatched offering and add to our bottom lines.”