Manta Air welcomes first seaplane, to begin operations in Nov

Manta Air on Wednesday welcomed the first aircraft to its seaplane fleet, as the five-star experience in the skies of the Maldives prepares to begin seaplane operations in November.

The DHC-6 Twin Otter, which landed at the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport Wednesday afternoon, is the first of 10 aircraft joining Manta Air’s seaplane fleet this year. The next aircraft is due to arrive on Thursday.

All of Manta Air’s DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft are fitted with the latest Garmin G950 NXi next generation integrated flight deck avionics combined with a weather radar. Garmin G950 equipment includes dual core modern processing power, providing crew with immediate access to flight plan data and weather radar information.

“At Manta Air, we strive to provide the best service to our customers. We believe there is a need to invest in the latest technology and not rely on the obsolete legacy navigation systems to make our service as customer centric as possible. This is why we invested into G950 and the latest aviation softwares. This upgrade removes 100s feet of cable from the cockpit and makes the aircraft lighter, reduces maintenance costs and provides our crews with enhanced capabilities to increase the dispatch reliability of our service,” Edward Alsford, COO of Manta Air, was quoted in a statement, as saying.

MantaAir plans to begin its seaplane operations in November.

Manta Air officials stressed that its seaplane operations will set a new benchmark for the seaplane service standards in the Maldives, as it follows the high standards already set by Manta Air’s domestic flight operations.

“Our aim from day one has always been to make a significant difference in how our customers experience air travel in Maldives. We will be starting with fixed schedule, advanced booking capabilities and for the first time in Maldives, we will make the seaplane service reliable to all our passengers which will operate on a fixed schedule dedicated to on time performance. And we want to keep pushing these boundaries and to keep improving our service. Our customers will have guaranteed seats the moment the booking is confirmed with exact flight timings, thus removing all uncertainties for passengers travelling to their destinations on seaplanes,” Ahmed Maumoon, CMO of Manta Air, said.

The arrival of Manta Air has already been a game changer in the domestic aviation industry, removing the fears of flight uncertainty for passengers flying in the Maldives, and setting new standards in service excellence along the way with pre-published schedules and a tailored approach to provide an amazing experience to all passengers.

“The overwhelming support of the public has been a driving force for us. And we would like to assure everyone that we would keep on expanding our services so that everyone can enjoy their tropical way to fly,” Maumoon said.

Manta Air currently operates three ATR 72-600 aircraft to Dhaalu Airport, located on the island of Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu atoll, and Dharavandhoo Airport, located on the island of Dharavandhoo in Baa atoll, from the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport.

Manta Air’s venture into seaplane operations comes, as a new seaplane base at the main Velana International Airport nears completion.

As part of an ongoing USD 800 million mega project to expand and upgrade the Maldives’ main gateway, construction of a new seaplane terminal kicked off in January 2018. The four-storey terminal, which will be equipped with over 80 docking platforms and other support facilities, is expected to come into operation by the end of the year.

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

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