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Air Seychelles invests in new equipment to support ground handling, cargo business | 06 September 2019

Air Seychelles invests in new equipment to support ground handling, cargo business

Some of the new equipment acquired by Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles has recently acquired several new pieces of equipment to support the growth of the ground handling and cargo business, the national airline announced yesterday.

The new equipment include one main deck loader, forklift stacker and cargo 20ft palettes, towable narrow body aircraft passenger stairs, universal wide body aircraft tow bar, aircraft water services truck as well as additional vans to be used by the technical operations, cargo including the FedEx team.

As part of its ongoing efforts to reduce carbon emission in the atmosphere and to support the national drive in protecting our country’s environment, Air Seychelles has significantly invested in electric baggage tractors and hand tugs to reduce fuel dependency.

Manager for ground support equipment (GSE), Jeven Zelia, who oversees the facilitation and maintenance of all equipment used airside, said: “Over the last eight months, Air Seychelles has invested nearly US $1 million in the acquisition of new equipment to increase the capabilities of the ground handling and cargo operations.

“Having the right tools and equipment in place, will help Air Seychelles as a ground handler to push its customer value proposition forward and remain compliant towards the service level agreements maintained with customer airlines operating at the Seychelles International Airport by delivering the ‘Service as Promised’.

“I am also proud of the considerable investment made in the purchase of renewable energy equipment to minimise operational costs and carbon emission footprint, as throughout our daily duties we also need to be conscious of the ecosystem when we conduct our operations,” said Mr Zelia.

Air Seychelles currently provides ground handling and cargo service to 12 customer airlines operating at the Seychelles International Airport. The airline also offers the same service to charter operators on the island.

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