Manta Air exceeds own target, achieves 94 per cent on time flight departure performance

Game changing local airline Manta Air has exceeded its own target, achieving an impressive on time flight departure rate of over 90 per cent in less than a year of operations.

At a ceremony held Sunday afternoon to mark the commencement of the airline’s seaplane service, Manta Air CEO Mohamed Khaleel said the airline began domestic flight operations early this year with a target of achieving on time flight departure performance of 80 per cent.

“We set that target with the advise of aviation experts and after analysing the domestic aviation sector. I’m very pleased to announce today that we have achieve 94 per cent on time flight departure rate year-to-date,” he said.

Khaleel stressed that the airline aims to achieve similar on time departure performance in the seaplane sector as well.

Manta Air on Sunday began its seaplane operations making it the first scheduled seaplane service in Maldives. A purpose-built seaplane terminal at the Maldives’ main Velana International Airport was also inaugurated.

Manta Air had brought in four DHC-6 Twin Otter aircraft to begin its seaplane operations. The airline is set to welcome another six to its seaplane fleet by year-end.

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 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.

For its seaplane service, Manta Air will publish monthly schedules — a first in the Maldives’ seaplane sector as well as in the world. Passengers will receive confirmed flight timings along with their hotel confirmation.

In addition to the seaplane service, Manta Air utilises three brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft to operate domestic flights 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.

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