(MENAFN Editorial) Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, have renewed their sponsorship of the Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria for 2015.
The announcement was made following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Manoj Papa, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles and Sherin Naiken, Chief Executive Officer of the Seychelles Tourism Board.
As the official airline partners, Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways have sponsored return flight tickets for the event, preferential cargo rates and an excess baggage allowance per passenger, worth a combined value of SCR 5 million.
Mr. Papa said: "Air Seychelles is proud to be associated with the Seychelles Carnival, which is a unique opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Seychellois culture while developing the growth of tourism.
"The Carnival, which attracts hundreds of performers from arts troupes across the world, showcases the beauty of our Indian Ocean home to a global audience. It is perfectly aligned with our goal of promoting tourism in Seychelles and we are delighted to extend our support for 2015."
James Hogan, President and Chief Executive Officer of Etihad Airways said: "We are happy to sponsor the Seychelles Carnival with Air Seychelles for a second year running, and look forward to bringing journalists and participants to the archipelago for the celebrations."
Ms Naiken said: "We are thrilled to extend our strong relationship with Air Seychelles and Etihad Airways, whose support is vital for the success of the carnival. Now a firmly-established national event, it features a diverse range of floats and a strong international media representation that spreads the message of Seychelles to the world."
Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Antananarivo, Dar es Salaam, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai and Paris. Air Seychelles also offers more than 200 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including 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 Etihad Airways
Etihad Airways began operations in 2003, and in 2014 carried 14.8 million passengers. From its Abu Dhabi base, Etihad Airways flies to 111 existing or announced passenger and cargo destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas. The airline has a fleet of 111 Airbus and Boeing aircraft, and more than 200 aircraft on firm order, including 69 Boeing 787s, 25 Boeing 777-X, 62 Airbus A350s and nine Airbus A380s.
Etihad Airways holds equity investments in airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Aer Lingus, Alitalia, Jet Airways and Virgin Australia, and is in the process of formalising an equity investment in Swiss-based Etihad Regional, operated by Darwin Airline. Etihad Airways, along with airberlin, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Alitalia, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI, also participate in Etihad Airways Partners, a new brand that brings together like-minded airlines to offer customers more choice through improved networks and schedules and enhanced frequent flyer benefits. For more information, please visit: www.etihad.com