04. 06. 2013 - AIR SEYCHELLES AND CZECH AIRLINES ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and Czech Airlines, the flag carrier of the Czech Republic, today signed a codeshare agreement to link Prague and the Seychelles.

The partnership between Air Seychelles and Czech Airlines allows passengers of the two airlines to book and travel between Prague and the Seychelles on one ticket, connecting in Abu Dhabi.
 
Initially, the agreement will see Air Seychelles place its ‘HM’ code on three of Czech Airlines’ flights per week between Prague and Abu Dhabi.

Czech Airlines will similarly place its ‘OK’ code on three of Air Seychelles’ flights per week between the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi. 

The arrangement gives European travellers immediate access to two flights a week from Prague to Seychelles via Abu Dhabi, and to one flight a week from Seychelles to Prague via Abu Dhabi.

Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Seychelles has seen a surge in arrivals from Central and Eastern Europe in recent years and I'm delighted to forge a partnership with Czech Airlines, an important player in the region.

“With this new agreement, the Seychelles has access to the city of Prague and attractive destinations beyond in Central and Eastern Europe operated by Czech Airlines, such as Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Scandinavia.

“We are confident the schedule will appeal to travelers throughout Central and Eastern Europe, thereby providing a source of revenue that will contribute to the future of Air Seychelles, Seychelles tourism and our home economy.

“It is also thrilling to note that we have connected three UNESCO world heritage sites: the Seychelles, with its two natural wonders, Aldabra and the Vallée de Mai, and Prague, a cultural wonder, known for its beauty and historical significance.”

Philippe Moreels, Czech Airlines’ President, said: "The partnership with Air Seychelles brings to Czech Airlines’ clients a new, smoother way to travel to the Seychelles, a destination with increasing demand in Central Europe. And vice versa, Prague becomes closer and more easily accessible from the Seychelles. Thanks to perfect connectivity in Abu Dhabi, the two companies are able to offer attractive regular service, with a plan to increase the frequency of flights in future. This goes hand in hand with our intention to further develop Czech Airlines’ route between Prague and Abu Dhabi.

Subject to regulatory approval, the airlines plan to expand the scope of the agreement to include more destinations in their respective networks.

Tickets can be purchased online today via airseychelles.com or www.czechairlines.com. Alternatively, tickets can be booked through the Czech Airlines Contact Center at 800 31 310 (within Czech Republic) or +420 239 007 007, the Air Seychelles Call Center at +248 4 38 10 13, by visiting the airlines’ sales offices, or through a travel agent.

Prague-Seychelles Flight Schedule:

Flight No.DepartsDeparture TimeArrivesArrival TimeFrequency
OK 350/HM 5071Prague23:25Abu Dhabi 07:30+1Monday
OK 352/HM 5073Prague12:05Abu Dhabi 20:10Wednesday
HM 019/OK 3290Abu Dhabi08:20Seychelles12:55Tuesday
HM 087/OK 3296Abu Dhabi02:00Seychelles06:35Thursday

Seychelles-Prague Flight Schedule:

Flight No.DepartsDeparture TimeArrivesArrival TimeFrequency
HM 086/OK 3291Seychelles15:40Abu Dhabi 20:10Sunday
OK 352/HM 5073Abu Dhabi01:40Prague06:10Monday

 

About Air Seychelles
Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong, Johannesburg and Mauritius. Air Seychelles also offers more than 200 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, as well as domestic charter services.  As the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, Air Seychelles is a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and 40 per cent stakeholder. For more information, please visit: www.airseychelles.com

About Czech Airlines
Czech Airlines, as the flag carrier airline of the Czech Republic, provides connections from Prague, and also “via” Prague, to major destinations in Europe, Central Asia, the Transcaucasus and the Middle East. In cooperation with its partners, the airline currently offers connections to 87 destinations in 49 countries. Since 2001, Czech Airlines has been a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance, providing its 552 million annual customers over 15,000 daily flights to 1,000 destinations in 187 countries.

Czech Airlines has been a part of Czech Aeroholding group since 2012. In April 2013, the government of the Czech Republic signed an agreement with Korean Air for the purchase of a 44% stake in Czech Airlines. Thus, Korean Air, one of the world leaders in the airline business, became a strategic partner of Czech Airlines.

For more information contact:

Josie Michaud-Payet
Manager Corporate Communications
Phone: +248 4 39 10 34
E-mail: jmpayet@airseychelles.com

Daniel Šabík
Press Spokesperson, Czech Airlines
Press Office, Jana Kašpara 1069/1, 160 08 Prague
Phone: +420 220 116 220
Fax: +420 220 115 397
E-mail: mailbox.com@csa.cz
Internet:  www.czechairlines.com

 

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Photo: Cramer Ball, Air Seychelles' Chief Executive Officer, and Philippe Moreels, Czech Airlines' President, sign the codeshare agreement to link Prague and Seychelles.