TMA obtains the first of its new aircraft series
Founded in 1989, and originally named Hummingbird Island Helicopters, Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) is a private airline based in Malé International Airport. TMA, which began with a fleet of helicopters, is also the oldest air transfer operator in the Maldives.
The first seaplanes were introduced in 1997 and from 1999 to 2007 Trans Maldivian Airways operated a fleet entirely made up of seaplanes. In August 2007 they began operating domestic flights to Gan International Airport with an ATR 42. However they ceased operations in March 2009 and the ATR 42 went out of service.
Until recently they operated a fleet of 23 sea planes, with one “De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 100” aircraft and 22 “De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300” aircrafts. Among the services they provide are, Scenic flights, Resort transfers, Picnic flights, Aircraft charter and Domestic air services.
After the series 300 De Havilland Canada ceased production of the aircrafts, and Viking Air of Victoria, British Columbia, who manufacture replacement parts for all of the out of production de Havilland Canada aircraft, bought the remaining tools and the exclusive rights to manufacture new aircraft.
Having placed orders for four “Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400” aircrafts, TMA will increase its fleet with four new aircrafts that has a capacity of over 19 passengers per aircraft. The first of the new aircrafts arrived yesterday and will soon begin its flights for services.
“The aircraft will begin its flights within a month. By then we hope to receive the remaining three aircrafts as well, as they are already in testing,” a TMA official told Maldives Promotion House.
With its own sea plane terminal at Malé International Airport along with seven exclusive resort lounges TMA operates to over 20 different resorts. Floating or attached platforms are used at the destinations as customized resort airports for this air transfer operator that transports over 300,000 passengers per year.