Seaplane operator TMA welcomes 50th aircraft

Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) has welcomed a new aircraft, expanding its fleet to 50.

The aircraft arrived at Velana International Airport Wednesday afternoon after completing its journey from Calgary city in Canada.

“TMA has played a pivotal role in developing the tourism infrastructure in Maldives and the latest addition to its fleet is in line with its commitment to serve the growing demand,” a statement issued by the company read.

“As the company welcomes the 50th aircraft to its fleet, it would like to thank all its partners for their invaluable contributions and everlasting support in the growth story of TMA. With this addition, TMA has further strengthened its position as the world’s largest seaplane operator.”

In 2016, TMA operated over 120,000 flights, transferring close to a million passengers, including 80,000 residents.

Last year alone, the company, which is controlled by a consortium led by US-based Bain Capital and Chinese conglomerate Tempus Group, brought in four aircraft.

TMA’s fleet expansion comes in line with the growing tourist arrivals and increasing bed capacity as new resorts open up across the Maldives. The airline says that there are plans to bring more aircrafts to meet the demand and cater to the increasing tourist arrivals.

In addition to TMA, Maldives’ flagship carrier Maldivian also operates a fleet of nine seaplanes.

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

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