Flyme expands fleet with third aircraft

Local airline Flyme has added a third aircraft to its fleet.

The ATR 42-500 aircraft, which has a seating capacity of 52, landed in the main Velana International Airport on Tuesday. It sports the signature blue stripes and branding of Flyme’s operator Villa Air, but will enter into service with Flyme’s blue and green branding.

Flyme currently operates a fleet of two ATR 72-600 aircrafts.

Flyme, part of the Villa Group of Companies owned by local business tycoon Gasim Ibrahim, had its maiden flight on October 1, 2011 between Velana International Airport and Villa Air’s own domestic airport on the island of Maamigili in Alif Dhaal atoll.

The airline currently operates daily flights between Male and Maamigili, and serves another nine domestic airports across the archipelago with weekly services. In addition to catering to locals, Flyme carries tourists to the resorts in Alif Dhaal atoll, including Villa’s own Holiday Island Resort and Sun Island Resort and Spa.

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