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Maldivian orders its first ATR aircraft

The national airline of the Maldives, Island Aviation Services Ltd (dba. Maldivian), and ATR announced the signing of a contract for the purchase of the airline’s first ATR aircraft: two ATR 72-600 and one ATR 42-600. The three aircraft will be delivered in 2022. The ATR 72-600 and ATR 42-600 will benefit from the new PW127XT engines, offering 3% reduction in fuel consumption and a 20% re...

Maldivian signed service agreements with De Havilland Canada

De Havilland Canada has signed service agreements with Maldivian that will significantly enhance the airline's operational performance. The agreements will provide A and C Check Maintenance Interval Extensions, as well as Enhanced Structural Inspection Requirements (ESIR) for the airline's fleet of 10 Dash 8-200 and Dash 8-300 aircraft.  Maldivian, owned and operated by Island Av...

NAC is pleased to announce that it has committed to lease two ATR 72-600s to Manta Air, the new domestic airline in the Maldives

NAC has committed to lease two ATR 72-600s to Manta Air, the new domestic airline in the Maldives. The first aircraft will be introduced in November 2018, with the second planned to join Manta Air’s fleetbefore the end of the year. The aircraft will ensure improved connectivity between the beautiful Maldivian atolls. They will be initially operating from the main Velana International Ai...

Maldives airport to be expanded with controversial $800m China contract

Move likely to annoy India which has been concerned at Chinese encroachment in the strategically located Indian Ocean islands. The Maldives government has kicked off a controversial $800-million expansion of the country’s main airport by a Chinese company, a move likely to irritate giant neighbour India. President Abdulla Yameen inaugurated construction work in a ceremony on Wedne...

Malaysia's Rayani Air secures AOC, launches operations

Rayani Air (Langkawi) commenced commercial passenger operations on Sunday, December 20 just days after it secured its Air Services Licence (ASL) and Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). Using a pair of ex-Malaysia Airlines (MH, Kuala Lumpur Int'l) B737-400s, the start-up currently operates daily return flights between Langkawi and Kuala Lump...