The newest addition to the domestic airline list, Manta Air has commenced its flight operations on Sunday.
It was reported that the Maldivian Civil Aviation Authority had granted Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) to the domestic airline on Thursday, last week.
As of now Manta Air is operating between Velana International Airport, in close vicinity of Maldives capital, and the island of Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu atoll where the airline’s main hub of operations is situated.
Manta Air will be flying four flights daily on the designated route under a fixed schedule allowing travellers to choose their preferred time to fly.
The airline’s CEO Mr Mohamed Khaleel expressed his excitement with the commencement of Manta Air’s flight operations. He went on to add that though the airline is currently operating exclusively between Male’ and Kudahuvadhoo, it will be expanding its fleet and flight destinations.
Manta Air’s current fleet consists of two ATR 72-600 series aircraft, which is arguably considered to have the widest cabin in the turboprop market. The ATR 72-600s are also well known for their ergonomic design providing greater comfort for the passengers with wider overhead bins and 30% more roller bags stowage.
The ATR 72-600 are also regarded as the lowest seat per mile cost aircraft on the 70-seat segment which is due to lower fuel and maintenance costs compared to competitor makes.
Additionally, Manta Air also have fitted the aircraft with customized seats to provide the best levels of comfort with additional legroom in a two-class seating configuration. This makes the airline the first domestic airline to adopt such an arrangement.
The airline was founded in 2016 as a joint venture between Deep Blue Private Limited and tourism pioneer Mr Umar Mohamed Maniku.