Air Seychelles, the national operator of the Republic of Seychelles, has awarded StandardAero a multi-year contract to support the Pratt & Whitney PT6A-34 turboprop engines powering its fleet of DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft. StandardAero will support Air Seychelles with a range of MRO services from its OEM-authorised PT6A designated overhaul facility in Johannesburg, South Africa.
StandardAero has a long history of providing Air Seychelles with PT6A engine MRO services, including engine overhauls, hot section inspections, repairs and field service rep support. StandardAero's Johannesburg facility, which is located at Lanseria International airport, is well known as a centre of excellence for the PT6A engine family, supporting 41 variants of the engine up to and including the PT6A-140.
Air Seychelles head of technical Gustave Pragassen says: “We are pleased to extend our partnership with StandardAero, and we look forward to its continued support with the maintenance of our Twin Otters aircraft in ensuring that Air Seychelles continues to deliver safe operations across the Seychelles archipelago.”
StandardAero president of airlines and fleets Lewis Prebble adds: “The team here at StandardAero is truly gratified by Air Seychelles' decision to entrust us with the support of its PT6A-34 engine fleet. We know how critical safety is to the airline, given the island hopping nature of the flights performed by its Twin Otter fleet. Air Seychelles' confidence in our delivered quality is a reflection of the industry-leading level of support provided by our Johannesburg team.”
Air Seychelles was established in 1978 and began long haul service in 1983. As the main driver of tourism in Seychelles, it is a core pillar of the national economy. The company offers international flights to Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai and Tel Aviv as well as daily domestic flights and charter services on demand. In 2020, Air Seychelles won the most coveted title of 'Indian Ocean's Leading Airline' at the World Travel Awards. The full service carrier was also recognised as 'Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class' and 'Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew 'at World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Winners Day.
StandardAero is the world's largest independent Pratt & Whitney authorised PT6A engine designated overhaul facility (DOF) with distribution rights on certain engine models. The company supports the global PT6A operator community from four DOFs located in North America, Europe, Africa and Australasia, backed up by a global network of six service centres and over twenty dedicated mobile repair technicians. With more than 25 years of reliable turboprop experience, StandardAero provides operators with a nose-to-tail suite of services, including repair schemes, re-engineering STCs, engine exchanges, rentals and engine condition trend monitoring analysis.