World’s largest seaplane operator, Trans Maldivian Airways, plans to contribute in strengthening the Maldives’ tourism with aggressive expansion plans.
TMA will induct 4 twin otter aircraft by the 3rd quarter of 2021. With this, TMA will have a fleet of 60 twin otter aircraft – further strengthening its position as the World’s largest Seaplane Operator. Trans Maldivian Airways also plans to further expand by establishing wheel-based operations in the Maldives. TMA confirms that ATR aircraft will be introduced to the fleet of twin-otters. While seaplanes will remain the best way to view the Maldives from the sky, they have to be operated during daylight hours.
The wheel planes will supplement TMA’s transfer service and enable it to give a 24*7 transfer solution to all the resorts in the Maldives. Madivaru airport will be made as TMAs base and will also have the wheel plane hangar. TMA started in 1989 as a company operating a helicopter fleet under the name ‘Hummingbird Island Helicopters’. Then, the company later changed the name to Hummingbird Island Airways. Following the addition of the first seaplane to the fleet in 1997, the transition to a seaplane-only fleet completed in 1999. A year later the name Trans Maldivian Airways came to be. Today, TMA represents a synonym for connecting the Maldives islands.
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