Manta Air welcomes second seaplane

Manta Air on Thursday welcomed the second aircraft to its seaplane fleet, as the game changing local airline prepares to begin seaplane operations in November.

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

The first aircraft arrived in the Maldives on Wednesday.

“… final preparations are now underway as the company is now gearing up towards starting its seaplane operations in November,” a statement issued by Manta Air read.

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.

Manta Air’s seaplane operations are expected to 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.

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.

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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