Air Serbia has assisted its Etihad Airways Partner, Air Seychelles, with the provision of a replacement Airbus A330 aircraft following a disruption to the island carrier’s Paris service. The Serbian airline operated a one-off flight from Seychelles’ main island of Mahé to Belgrade on Wednesday December 7 with more than 200 passengers on board the A330, who then connected onwards to Paris. The operation follows a similar deployment of Air Serbia’s Boeing 737-300 aircraft last month to another Etihad Airways Partner, Air Berlin. Air Serbia stepped in for Air Seychelles after the latter's aircraft sustained damage during the placement of the staircase for passenger disembarkation at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Air Serbia's CEO, Dane Kondić, said, “One of the key benefits of being an Etihad Airways Partner airline is being able to provide a range of support to one another, including the provision of aircraft when needed. It was fantastic to see our A330 land in JFK for the first time in June this year, and to now have our flagship jet operate a flight from the tropical island of Mahé is another special moment”. The two airlines both operate an Airbus A330 in an identical two-cabin configuration on long haul flights. Air Serbia's service to New York with its sole widebody aircraft was not affected during this period.
|Air Serbia A330 at Seychelles Airport|