Maldivian expands fleet, adds 23rd aircraft

Maldives flagship carrier Maldivian has brought in a new aircraft, expanding its fleet to 23.

The 50-seater Dash 8 aircraft was given a water salute as it landed at the main Velana International Airport Sunday afternoon. Senior management and staff of parent company Island Aviation Services Limited (IASL) received the aircraft and crew with a warm welcome.

Maldivian said the new aircraft would be used for domestic operations.

With the new addition, Maldivian currently operates a fleet of two Dash 8-200 series aircraft, eight Dash 8-300 series aircraft, and an Airbus 320 and another Airbus 321 aircraft. The Dash 8 aircraft are primarily used for domestic operations, while the two Airbus aircraft serve the airline’s international routes.

Maldivian has recently announced plans to add three new Dash 8 aircraft.

The state-owned airline operates flights to all the 10 domestic airports across the Maldives, and runs international operations to South Asian neighbours India and Bangladesh, and far Eastern countries such as Thailand and China.

The recent fleet expansion by the Maldives’ flagship carrier is in line with its plans to boost operations to major tourist markets such as Europe, South Africa and neighbouring Sri Lanka.

Maldivian has also expanded into seaplane operations. The airline has an all amphibian fleet of 13 DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft for its seaplane operations, and has recently announced a major expansion.

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

Photo: Maldivian Plane Spotters

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