Maldivian Airline: Expansion and Modernization with New ATR-42-600 Aircraft
Maldivian Confirms Order for Two ATR-42-600 Aircraft
Maldivian, the national airline carrier of the Maldives, has officially confirmed its order for two ATR-42-600 aircraft. Initiated in July 2023 through a Request for Proposals (RFP) to finance the two new aircraft, this order is part of a larger plan to expand and update the airline’s current fleet.
The new ATR-42-600s will join the three ATRs that the airline is presently operating, which include one ATR-42-600 and two ATR-72-600s. These aircraft are powered by Pratt & Whitney PW127XT engines, known for their exceptional efficiency and performance.
Maldivian’s Fleet Renewal and Expansion Program
As an ATR operator since January 2023, Maldivian is relying on the European manufacturer to modernize its aging Bombardier turboprop fleet. As of September 2023, the airline’s fleet also includes one DHC-8-200, one DHC-8-Q200, six DHC-8-Q300, and a seventh DHC-8-Q300 that is currently inactive.
Maldivian’s fleet renewal and expansion program does not stop with the ATR-42-600s. The airline is also planning to add long-range capacity with the arrival of two Airbus A330 aircraft. These long-range aircraft will enable the airline to provide nonstop flights to several markets that generate tourism traffic for the Maldives.
The Role of Air Travel in the Maldives’ Economy
Air travel plays a crucial role in the Maldives’ tourism-based economy. Being a tropical paradise, the Maldives is a popular destination for tourists worldwide. The airline’s expansion plans are, therefore, a strategic move to cater to the increasing tourism traffic and ensure reliable and efficient service across the many islands of the Maldives and beyond.
Diversified Aircraft Fleet for Optimal Service
In addition to the ATR and Airbus aircraft, Maldivian also operates a single Airbus A320 jet, leased from Marathon Asset Management, and 11 amphibious De Havilland-Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters. The DHC-6 Twin Otters can be equipped with floats and are used to operate between the many islands of the Indian Ocean archipelago.
The diverse fleet allows Maldivian to provide a range of services, from short hops between islands to long-haul international flights, thereby strengthening its position as a leading carrier in the region.
In summary, Maldivian airline is in the process of renewing and expanding its aircraft fleet to better serve the tourism market in the Maldives. The addition of two ATR-42-600s and two Airbus A330s will allow for more efficient and far-reaching service to the various islands of the Maldives and beyond. This move signifies the airline’s commitment to enhancing its services and contributing to the Maldives’ thriving tourism industry.
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