Maldivian announces major seaplane fleet expansion, to add five aircrafts

Maldives flagship carrier Maldivian has announced a major expansion of its seaplane operations with plans to add five more aircraft soon.

Abdul Haris, Managing Director of parent company Island Aviation Services (IAS), told local media that the airline would take delivery of a new DH-6 Twin Otter aircraft next month. Three more similar aircraft would enter into service early next year, he added.

“Our seaplane operations have been recognised by our clients for its quality and reliability. Expanding these operations is a major focus,” Haris said.

Maldivian began seaplane operations in 2014 and has since expanded its seaplane fleet to nine aircraft. The airline currently flies to six resorts in the Maldives.

Seaplane is the preferred mode of transport between the main Velana International Airport and dozens of resorts, especially those located in the outer atolls.

In addition to Maldivian, privately run Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) operates a fleet of 49 seaplanes, making it the largest seaplane operator in the world.

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