CDB Aviation has announced it has delivered a new Airbus A320neo to Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, the company said.
CDB Aviation is the first global lessor to deliver A320neo to an African carrier. The aircraft on lease to Air Seychelles is also the first A320neo on the continent of Africa.
The neo addition is expected to enable Air Seychelles to increase the capacity on its Johannesburg and Mumbai routes, concomitantly delivering significant fuel savings and reducing operating costs.
Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long-haul service in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Johannesburg, Mauritius and Mumbai. Air Seychelles also offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week throughout the archipelago, including domestic charter services.
CDB Aviation is a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited, a 35-year-old Chinese leasing company that is backed mainly by the China Development Bank.