AIR SEYCHELLES GETS NEW CEO
Bram Steller is according to reliable sources going to join HM as new Chief Executive Officer, taking over from Mr. Maurice Loustau-Lalanne who has served as stand in Executive Chairman for almost six months, since Capt. David Savy retired from the airline following the departure of the former CEO.
Bram served with KQ as Chief Operating Officer since 2008 and was previously already with Kenya Airways between 2001 and 2002 as Commercial Director amongst many other senior positions in various airlines in Europe.
Sources at Kenya Airways have been tight lipped over the development, knowing that Brams departure will leave a very large pair of shoes to fill for his successor, and having generally been considered one of the chief architects of Kenya Airways recent successes in rolling out a Pan African network was largely attributed to his strategic and operational thinking.
Air Seychelles, an airline with a huge potential but also facing substantial challenges, has undoubtedly gotten the right man for the job as it searches for new strategies and new routes in the face of the forthcoming 25 frequencies operated weekly by Emirates Double Daily, Qatar Airways daily flights and the upcoming 4 flights a week by Etihad. HM is presently operating 6 times a week between Paris and Mahe in code share with Air France, a partner well known to Bram as KLM / Air France is a major shareholder in Kenya Airways, and there are indications following a recent renewed agreement between the two airlines that this flight could move to a daily departure, with London, Milan and Rome also looking at a possibly greater presence from Air Seychelles to cater for rising demand.
Other routes to Mauritius and South Africa will be assessed too, as will other African mainland destinations come up for consideration, but it is in the Far East, where the airline presently flies to Singapore only once a week, that more opportunities exist. Air Mauritius has just started a direct flight to China and with Chinese visitors numbers rising fast, it is conceivable that, supported by the Seychelles government, Air Seychelles may well target a China mainland destination next.
Congratulations to Bram on his new appointment, as he moves to the Indian Ocean Creole Island Paradise of the Seychelles.
Exciting times ahead for sure, so watch this space where East African and Indian Ocean aviation news are regularly told first ahead of the pack.