Maldivian looks to expand fleet with 2 airliners, 4 seaplanes

Seaplanes of Maldivian docked at Velana International Airport.

Seaplanes of Maldivian docked at Velana International Airport.

The Maldives’ national carrier Maldivian on Monday announced plans to expand its fleet with two more airplanes and four seaplanes.

Maldivian’s managing director Abdul Haris revealed that the company is working to bring in a seaplane next month and a Dash 8 airliner, which seats 50 people, in December.

“We’re trying to bring in four seaplanes by the end of next June. Those aircrafts will be used to ferry passengers to the newly opened resorts,” he said.

Haris also announced that Maldivian is looking to acquire an Airbus A330, to commence operations to Johannesburg in South Africa, and Beijing and Shanghai in China.

“With more aircrafts, the company can produce more jobs, increase foreign currency income, and have a positive impact on the economy,” said Haris, adding that Maldivian is hoping to double the number of tourists hailing from China.

With a workforce of around 1,000 people, Maldivian currently boasts a fleet of nine seaplanes that can seat 15 passengers eat, seven Dash 8 airliners that seat 50 people, two Dash 8 airliners that seat 37 people, an Airbus A330 that seat 200 people, and an Airbus A320 with a capacity of 152 passengers.

Maldivian operates 100 flights daily to various destinations.

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