Published on : Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Air Seychelles has today confirmed that its second Airbus A320neo aircraft will be named after oneof Seychelles critically endangered bird called ‘Pti Merl Dezil’ also known as the ‘Seychelles Warbler’.Set to be delivered in March 2020, under the code S7-PTI, the newest addition to the fleet willreaffirm the airlines’ commitment in raising awareness about the Seychelles ecosystem and theimportance of protecting its endemics for future generation.
Scientifically recognized as ‘Acrophalus sechellensis’ with current population over 3000, the smallsong bird which can be identified by its brown feathers, long legs and narrow beak was on the vergeof extinction in the twentieth century.Reclassified as ‘Near Threatened’ in 2014, following the increase in its population, to date ‘Pti MerlDezil’ can be found on five granitic and coralline islands of the Seychelles including Cousine, Aride,Denis, Fregate as well as Cousin island, declared a nature reserve in 1968 to protect this species.Remco Althuis, Chief Executive Officer of Air Seychelles said: “Seychelles as a destination is activelyadvocating for sustainable tourism and at Air Seychelles we are doing our part to introduce moreecological practices.
“In 2019, besides the delivery of our first fuel efficient aircraft, we invested in a range of electronicequipment’s and introduced new service method to reduce single use plastics and aluminium as partof this initiative.“As visitors are becoming more aware of the impact of climate change, naming our second A320neoaircraft after one of Seychelles critically endangered bird will further allow our guests to be aware ofthe continuous efforts being done locally to safeguard the Seychelles environment for generations tocome”.Air Seychelles took delivery of its first A320neo aircraft named ‘Veuve’ after a critically endangeredbird in the Seychelles in August 2019.
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