On Monday April 30th, 2012, the last Air Seychelles flight of the last Boeing 767-300 series left Seychelles quietly, without any SBC coverage of the event. It was captained by Nicole Chang Leng, First Officer Simon Maria, and eight (8) crew. Destination Abu Dhabi, UAE, with an onward destination unknown, likely a scrap yard. The Etihad leadership at Air Seychelles has said: "NO" to Boeing planes and they intend on replacing all Air Seychelles planes which were all on lease with Air Bus planes to configure into the Etihad structure of maintenance and operations. The proposal for a 737-800 ER is now a dead thought, as Etihad owns Air Seychelles and calls the shots.
To view the last plane taking off from the Seychelles International Airport was indeed a sad day, and the crew on board, were all just as saddened. How deep this sadness will go into the public state of mind we do not know yet, but so far, it has hit a deep, deep cord in those that loved Air Seychelles, even to the point, where they would vote for SPPF/PL with the single hope that they will never let Air Seychelles down.
Those who want to know why there is such a deep silence in Seychellois society today, are now given a hint. Do not be uncomfortable with the silence, it is a protest manifestation for people whose dignity has been raped year after year. When they stand up and speak out, you will know they have retaken their dignity and lived beyond the deception and manipulation of the communist who failure follows them, like a tail tied to a deceptive dragon that eats its own young to live for another day.
Beyond A Let Down!
The sell out of Air Seychelles to Etihad is beyond a simple let down. Behind this commercial deal is years and years of failed management by the top brass who made the decisions to fly to Maldives, cancel Maldives, fly to Falklands, cut Falklands, take another plane from Veiling Areo, redo the seats, repaint the tails, give the plane back to Veiling, put the other planes in the plane car park, redo a new VIP lounge, make it out of bamboo, but import it from Singapore, where there is no bamboo, build a office building, then fire the staff so there will be more room in the office building as a consequence. One (1) million Dollars here, one (1) Million Dollars there, it did not matter, someone had the power to spend as he wished, and the Board approved whatever was done, until when a protest was heard, the protester was fired. The frivolous spending without proper business plans, went on, until it could not go on any longer. Then it stopped and the sell out to Etihad started and was completed without the public ever knowing it was ongoing. For that, you will find passengers for Etihad Air Seychelles on the map. Look carefully. One may consider giving the seats away to fill the flights or use a 20 passenger plane from Abu Dhabi, the centre of the World I have been told.
In all this morass at Air Seychelles, the bottom line is that Air Seychelles leadership lost touch with what made it a great airline in its best days: it served the Seychelles well, by serving the Tourism Industry as our flag ship of marketing of our destination. Without Air Seychelles flying direct routes to our main European markets, Air Seychelles itself is doomed, and the Tourism Industry in Seychelles will continue to run on Two (2) pistons, instead of all Eight (8). Hence the optimistic projections of IMF of 2% growth rate in 2012. It may just be lower then that in real terms when you cut the fancy assistance package proposed by India. Aid is not growth. Aid is steroids for growth.
Monday April 30th, 2012 Was A Sad Day
It was a sad day indeed on Monday April 30, 2012. The last Air Seychelles Boeing left the Seychelles International Airport, and the reporters at SBC, who left their dignity at the Victoria Hospital at birth, did not even have the decency to cover the event.
Air Seychelles Staff Keep Your Head Up High
I call on all Air Seychelles staff to hold your heads up high, be proud, because you made us all proud of Seychelles. Air Seychelles has left us, but she did not leave because of you......she survived all these years of failed management at the leadership level.......because of the staff at Air Seychelles!
Sesel Pou Seselwa!
May God Bless All Freedom Loving Seychellois and Our Beloved Seychelles!