Maldivian Marks Four Years of Seaplane Services

National airline, Maldivian has marked four years of seaplane services in the country.

The airline began the service with just two seaplanes. However, over the past four years, they had expanded their services to a fleet of 11 seaplanes flying to 13 destinations.

The company attributed their success to structuring their operations to both domestic and international routes. A statement released by the company thanked their customers, clients, partners, staff and management.

Maldivian currently operates to India, Bangladesh, Thailand and China from its main hub at Velana International Airport. Maldivian is also the only operator in the country who offer both seaplane and wheel base flights in Maldives.

The nation’s carrier today operates daily frequent flights to 11 airports within the country and offers competitive air transfers to all resorts in the Maldives.

The carrier was formally known as Island Aviation and was re-branded in August 2008. The main reason for re-branding was to establish a brand in order to further distinguish the airline in the existing markets and to give the airline a name that reflected its origins – the Maldives and its people. Maldivian commenced its first international operations on 25th January 2008 with the first flight to Trivandrum, India.

Maldivian operates a fleet comprising of one Airbus A321, one Airbus A320, two Dash8-200 series, eight Dash8-300 series and 11 DHC-6 Twin Otter aircrafts on connecting the country’s Capital city Male’ (from Velana International Airport) to Hanimaadhoo International Airport (Haa Dhaalu Atoll), Ifuru Airport (Raa Atoll), Dharavandhoo Airport (Baa Atoll), Kudahuvadhoo Airport (Dhaalu Atoll), Thimarafushi Airport (Thaa Atoll), Koodoo Airport (Gaafu Alifu Atoll), Kaadedhdhoo Airport (Gaaf Dhaalu Atoll), Kadhdhoo Airport (Laamu Atoll), Fuvahmulak Airport (Gnaviyani Atoll) and Gan International Airport (Addu Atoll). The airline also flies daily to Thiruvananthapuram, India.

With the addition of the airbus A320 to the Maldivian fleet, the national airline has spread its wings to Chennai India & Dhaka Bangladesh in 2012. In 2015, Bangkok was added to the network. To cater to the demands of the tourism industry, Maldivian operates to several cities in China. They are Chongqing, Chengdu, Nanjing, Wuhan, and Xi’an. Hangzhou was added to the operations in mid September.

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