Air Seychelles to offer HM Connect IFC service on its A330

Air Seychelles has registered its first Airbus A330 under the Seychelles civil aircraft register, announcing it will become the premier aircraft to offer passengers HM Connect, a suite of in-flight connectivity (IFC) services enabling them to connect smartphones and tablets to the internet through Wi-Fi or mobile data to make calls and send and receive text messages.The aircraft, named Aldabra after one of the largest coral atolls on the planet, was welcomed at Seychelles International Airport this morning after making its first commercial flight under new registration number S7-ADB.Roy Kinnear, CEO of Air Seychelles, said, “Guest experience remains a key priority for us and we are pleased to have also upgraded Aldabra with state-of-the-art technology that allows our business and leisure travellers to stay connected throughout their journey.”Aldabra was the first Airbus aircraft to enter the Air Seychelles fleet, in July 2012, and was previously registered under Etihad Airways in the United Arab Emirates.

Joel Morgan, the Seychelles’ minister of foreign affairs and transport, remarked, “Moving Aldabra to the Seychelles register, where it joins two of its A320 cousins, is a brilliant achievement for Air Seychelles that shows the positive strides it is making to continue strengthening the business.”The aircraft is configured with 18 business class and 236 economy class seats and is operated on long-haul services to Paris Charles de Gaulle, regional flights to Johannesburg and selected flights to Abu Dhabi and Mauritius.

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