Maldivian adds 10th seaplane, plans further expansion

Maldives flagship carrier Maldivian has expanded its seaplane operations, adding a 10th aircraft to its fleet.

The new DH-6 Twin Otter aircraft arrived in Maldives earlier this week from Switzerland. It will enter into operation soon.

Abdul Haris, Managing Director of Island Aviation Services Limited which operates the national airline, told state run Public Service Media (PSM) on Tuesday that the new aircraft would boost its seaplane operations. Maldivian has plans to further expand its fleet in order to cater to the new resorts being opened, he added.

Maldivian’s seaplanes currently fly 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 47 seaplanes, making it the largest seaplane operator in the world.

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