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Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, today announced the appointment of Michael Berlouis as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Mr Berlouis joins Air Seychelles from Etihad Airways, where he held the position of Manager Financial Planning, with responsibility for the design, implementation and management of financial planning systems and forecasts, including the collation of annual budgets, five-year plans, cabin profitability and traffic flow profitability.

Most recently the Seychellois finance professional completed an assignment in Belgrade as the Head of Financial Planning and Control at Air Serbia, an Etihad Aviation Group airline.

Roy Kinnear, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles, welcomed the appointment, saying: “We are pleased to welcome Michael to Air Seychelles as our new Chief Financial Officer.”

“His considerable experience in all aspects of corporate finance will be invaluable in continuing to drive profitability as we expand our network to Düsseldorf in Germany and Durban in South Africa.”

“Over the last few years we have placed a large focus on succession planning at Air Seychelles and it is heartening to see another Seychellois national join our senior management team.”

Michael Berlouis, a CFA charterholder, has a Master’s degree in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Mr Berlouis said: “I am delighted to join the Air Seychelles team as the airline embarks on the next significant chapter of its development.”

Michael’s experience in aviation-related financial roles provides a strong foundation to support the national airline as it grows its network, ensuring that Air Seychelles continues to strengthen its business and achieve its commercial objectives.

Mr Berlouis takes over the role from Abdul Mohsen Al Sayegh, who is returning to Abu Dhabi to take up the position of Vice President Finance of Etihad Airways Engineering, Hala Group and Etihad Airport Services, following a successful secondment at Air Seychelles. 

Mr Kinnear thanked Mr Al Sayegh for his strong contribution to the airline, saying: “By focusing on managing costs and building revenue, Abdul Mohsen played a key role in the continuing profitability of Air Seychelles.”

“We wish him well in his new role as Vice President Finance in the Etihad Aviation Group.”

About Air Seychelles

Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of 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 airline offers international flights to Johannesburg, Mauritius, Mumbai and Tel Aviv as well as charter services on demand. On the domestic network, Air Seychelles operates daily domestic flights between Mahe and Praslin as well as charter services throughout the archipelago.

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 recognized as ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Airline - Business Class’ and ‘Indian Ocean's Leading Cabin Crew ’at World Travel Awards Indian Ocean Winners Day.