Trans Maldivian Airways expands fleet with new seaplane

Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) has added another aircraft to its existing fleet, further strengthening its position as the world’s largest seaplane operator. The additional aircraft, a De Havilland DHC-6 Series 300, arrived at Velana International Airport (VIA) on April 3, from Calgary City in Canada.

TMA’s fleet expansion comes in-line with the growing tourist arrivals and increasing bed capacity with the new resorts opening in the Maldives, it said. There are plans to bring more aircraft during the course of the year to meet the demand and cater to the increasing tourist arrivals.

With the commencement of international operations to Gan International Airport, TMA has also introduced seaplane services to resorts in the Southern Atolls (Seenu Atoll, Gaafu Alifu & Gaafu Dhaalu Atolls). TMA operated its inaugural seaplane flight from Amari Havodda Maldives to Gan on December 3, 2016.

In 2016, TMA operated over 120,000 flights, transferring close to a million passengers including 80,000 residents. With the latest addition to the fleet, TMA has further strengthened its position as the World’s Largest Seaplane Operator.