The National Maldivian airline, Island Aviation Services Ltd has proudly contracted the purchase of the first ATR aircrafts joining the airline’s fleet. 2 ATR 72-600s and 1 ATR 42-600 will be delivered within this year.
The new aircrafts were sourced keeping sustainability and durability in mind. The aircrafts are designed to reduce fuel consumption, switch to sustainable aviation fuels, and cut overall maintenance costs as well.
“We believe the new generation of ATR aircrafts with the XT engines offer something we have been looking for in our fleet modernization, taking steps towards sustainability while keeping an eye on the operating costs as well as enhancing cabin modernity and passenger comfort.” explained Managing Director of Maldivian, Mohamed Mihad.
Maldivian’s initiative to join forces with ATR will majorly boost the Government’s plans to offer enhanced air connectivity in the archipelago. Further emphasizing on this, ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Bortoli commented, “The signing of this contract underlines the fact that despite the current context of the pandemic, operators are looking to the future. This is a strong symbol of the resilience of the aviation sector (in Maldives).”