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Er Srbija u fokusu

/ Air Serbia close up

V e s t i

n

N ews

Sa preko pola miliona putnika godišnje, Er Sejšels je

respektabilni avio-prevoznik u regionu Indijskog okeana.

Gotovo polovina putnika leti u domaćem saobraćaju flotom

DHC-6, baš koliko i mlaznim delom kompanije, avionima

erbas A330 i A320, na međunarodnim linijama.

– Ova kapitalna investicija za Er Sejšels dolazi u trenutku

kada raste turizam u zemlji i predstavljaće doprinos većoj

povezanosti između ostrva – rekao je Žoel Morgan, ministar

inostranih poslova i transporta Sejšela i predsednik Er Sejšela.

Svečanoj ceremoniji dolaska novog aviona u flotu, po-

red zvaničnika, prisustvovalo je i 65 dece bez roditeljskog

staranja koja su smeštena u Predsedničkom selu, ustanovi

za brigu o napuštenoj deci. Nakon protokolarnog dela, deca

su dobila priliku da prva osete letne karakteristike novog

aviona na kratkim letovima iznad ostrva Mahe i vide svoj

grad iz vazduha.

Er Sejšeli ističu i činjenicu da flotom „tvin otera“ upravlja

i 24 pilota sa Sejšela, što je prvi korak ka letenju većim, mla-

znim avionima. Jedan od njih, kapetan Mervin Mondon, šef

pilota turboelisnih aviona, dovezao je novi DHC-6 iz Kanade.

– Ovo su izuzetni avioni, efikasni na kratkim letovima u

slanoj i vlažnoj tropskoj atmosferi i iznenadnim promenama

vremena – kaže Mondon. – Svima su nam prirasli za srce.

I

n the VIP Lounge at Seychelles International Airport

on the island of Mahé, located immediately next to

the airport apron, tarmac, the joyous murmur of guests fell

silent when he twin-engine turboprop plane with the lively

colours of Air Seychelles, the national carrier of this small

island state in the Indian Ocean, passed through a volley

of water cannons and taxied in front of the door.

It was at that moment that Air Seychelles latest DHC-6

Twin otter series 400 aircraft completed its flight from Cal-

gary in Canada, covering a distance of about 17 thousand

kilometres from the factory to its new hub. With this new

arrival in mid-October the Seychelles airlines increased its

fleet of Twin Otters to six aircraft, with which it connects

the capital of Victoria with other islands of this captivating

archipelago.

The Twin Otter aircraft, with 19 passenger seats, is one

of the most reliable and most mass produced models in the

history of aviation. They have been used in the Seychelles

for the last 35 years for flights between the islands, as they

are economical, highly reliable and need only a short run-

way in order to be able to take off and land.

With over half a million passengers annually, Air Sey-

chelles is a respectable carrier in the Indian Ocean region.

Almost half of all passengers fly on domestic routes with

the DHC-6 fleet, with the other half accounted for by the

airline’s jet division, Airbus A330 and A320 aircraft, on

international routes.

- This capital investment for Air Seychelles comes at a

time when tourism is growing in the country and repre-

sents a contribution to greater connectivity between the

islands - said Joel Morgan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and

Transport of Seychelles and President of Air Seychelles.

The formal ceremony marking the arrival of the new

aircraft into the fleet was attended, in addition to officials,

by 65 children without parental care who are resident in

the Presidential village, an institution for the care of aban-

doned children. Following the formal protocol, the children

were given the first opportunity to experience the inflight

characteristics of the new aircraft on short flights over the

island of Mahé, seeing their city from the air.

Air Seychelles also emphasises the fact that the Twin

Otter fleet is handled by 24 local pilots from the Seychelles,

which represents the first step towards flying larger jet

planes. One of them, Captain Mervin Mondon, chief pilot

of turboprop aircraft, flew the new DHC-6 from Canada.

- These are extraordinary planes, effective on short flights

in salty and humid tropical atmospheres and sudden weather

changes – said Mondon. – They are all dear to our hearts.

Novi avion

dobio je ime

„Ostrvo Deni“

po malom ko-

ralnom ostrvu

95 kilometara

udaljenom od

glavnog grada

e

New aircraft

was named

„Isle of Denis“

after small coral

island lying

95 kilometers

northeast of the

capital

Deca iz Pred-

sedničkog sela

prva su isprobala

vožnju novim

avionom

e

Children from

the President‘s

Village were

the first to take

a ride on new

aircraft