Maldivian’s Fourth ATR Aircraft Lands Today at Velana International Airport

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The new ATR of Maldivian landed safely at Velana International Airport this afternoon.

This is the fourth ATR for Maldivian, the flag carrier of the Maldives.

A welcoming ceremony was held at the airport, attended by Captain Mohamed Ameen, Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation; Adam Shareef, Minister of Cities, Local Government, and Public Works; and senior officials from the Ministry of Finance. The aircraft was honored with a water salute.

Maldivian announced that the addition of the fourth ATR 42-600 aircraft marks a significant step towards achieving the Maldivian government’s goal of expanding air travel options in the Maldives. The new aircraft will enhance Maldivian’s capacity to serve more routes and provide increased connectivity for both locals and tourists.

“This expansion reflects Maldivian’s commitment to offering exceptional service and convenience to its passengers. With state-of-the-art technology, increased efficiency, and exceptional comfort, the aircraft aligns perfectly with Maldivian’s vision of delivering world-class service,” the company said in a press statement.

During the welcoming event, Maldivian’s Managing Director, Ibrahim Iyas, emphasized the importance of the new aircraft in the company’s growth strategy, stating that they have made great strides toward achieving both operational excellence and a greater passenger experience with the addition of this brand-new ATR aircraft to their fleet.

“This aircraft offers an unprecedented level of comfort thanks to improved interior humidity control and much lower noise levels. Its modern avionics and exceptional fuel economy further support our dedication to sustainability while maximizing performance throughout our expanding network. We are pleased to welcome this cutting-edge aircraft and are optimistic that it will improve the connectivity and reliability of our service across the Maldives,” he said.

As of now, the Maldivian fleet comprises 25 aircraft: an Airbus A320, four ATR aircraft, nine Dash-8 series aircraft, and eleven Twin Otter seaplanes. The new ATR aircraft are set to phase out the Dash-8 series and mark another step forward in the modernization of the Maldivian fleet.

This aircraft was acquired from Toulouse, France, and made stops in Greece, Egypt, and Oman en-route. It was piloted by Captains Mohamed Mubah and Ali Yanish, with Engineer Ahmed Abdul Hakeem on board. ATR, a Franco-Italian aircraft manufacturer, is headquartered in Blagnac, a suburb of Toulouse.

Maldivian currently serves 17 airports across the Maldives, as well as international destinations in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka.

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