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Maldives airline adds to seaplane fleet

Fathmath Shaahunaz
08 June 2016, MVT 06:29
Maldivian seaplane pictured at the airport. MIHAARU FILE PHOTO
Fathmath Shaahunaz
08 June 2016, MVT 06:29

Maldives’ national carrier Maldivian’s seventh seaplane arrived in the archipelago late Sunday.

In an interview with Mihaaru, Maldivian operator Island Aviation Services (IAS)’ managing director Abdul Haris disclosed that the seaplane was acquired from Canada.

Haris revealed that the seaplane had landed in Switzerland for some repairs and transited at certain Middle-Eastern countries en route to the Maldives.

The managing director estimated that the plane will be ready for flight before the end of June following maintenance revamp.

In accordance with Maldivian’s goal to increase its seaplane fleet to total ten planes by the end of 2016, Maldivian is set to purchase another seaplane in July.

Maldivian seaplanes currently fly to five resorts daily, with a total of 15 daily flights.

The company is also working to enlarge their seaplane dock and lounge, with a special seaplane hangar to be completed next month.

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