Emirates, a global connector of people and places, is set to increase its capacity to the popular Indian Ocean Island of Seychelles, when it switches from the current Airbus 330-200 used on one of the two daily services to a larger Boeing 777-300ER from 1 June 2015.
The introduction of the Emirates Boeing 777-300ER, which operates as flight EK 705 from Dubai and as EK 706 on the return flight, will increase overall capacity on the route by 1722 seats per week and will make the route an all-Boeing 777 operation.
“The Seychelles is a very popular leisure destination, and we have experienced consistent growth on the route since we started operations to the island on 1 January 2005, with three weekly flights using an Airbus A330-200. Since then we have had to gradually increase our frequencies and deploy larger aircraft to meet growing demand, and now 10 years later, starting from 1 June we will have two Boeing 777s on the route,” said Orhan Abbas, Emirates Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Latin America, Central and Southern Africa.
“The island draws a lot of leisure travellers from across our network, with many coming from the Middle East, Europe and Russia. In 2014, Emirates carried well in excess of 200 000 customers to and from the Seychelles,” he added.
“The announcement by Emirates that they will be introducing a second Boeing 777 on the Seychelles route is indeed good news for the tourism industry of our islands. This announcement also guarantees our visitors that they can now enjoy the Dubai – Seychelles service with three classes on both Emirates flights every day. We take this opportunity to thank Emirates for their continued support and for believing in the tourism industry of Seychelles,” said Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture of the Seychelles.
The Boeing 777-300ER will have a three class configuration, with eight First Class Private Suites, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 310 spacious seats in Economy Class. Customers on Emirates flights enjoy the famed hospitality of its multi-national cabin crew, including nationals of the Seychelles, and gourmet cuisine. All three cabins are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system, which has more than 2000 channels of on-demand entertainment, from movies, television programmes, games, audio books, and music from across the world. As with all Emirates flights customers also enjoy generous baggage allowances, with 30 kg in Economy Class, 40 kg in Business Class and 50 kg in First Class.
The larger aircraft also opens up additional cargo capacity of over 80 tonnes per week on the route, facilitating further trade opportunities between Seychelles and Emirates global network of more than 140 destinations. Seychelles exports fresh and frozen seafood, fruits and vegetables and ornamental fish, while imports also include fresh and frozen fruits, vegetables and meat, automotive spare parts, dry foodstuffs and beverages, personal effects and construction equipment.
Emirates flight EK 705 departs Dubai at 0205hrs and arrives in the Seychelles at 0645hrs. The return flight EK 706 departs at 0815hrs and arrives back in Dubai at 1245hrs. The second daily flight, EK 707, leaves Dubai at 0840hrs and arrives in the Seychelles at 1320hrs. The return flight EK 708 departs 2355hrs and arrives in Dubai the next morning at 0425hrs.