Trans Maldivian Airways Receives Historic Endorsement from De Havilland Canada

Trans Maldivian Airways Receives Historic Endorsement from De Havilland Canada

Sunday 12th of May 2024

Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), renowned as the World’s Largest Seaplane Operator, achieved a momentous milestone by receiving an endorsement certificate from De Havilland Canada, the manufacturer of the Twin-Otter aircraft. This endorsement acknowledges TMA’s Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility as a DHC Endorsed Service Center, making it the first airline in Asia to receive such recognition from De Havilland.

The official endorsement ceremony, held at TMA’s hangar at Velana International Airport on 5th May 2024, witnessed the presentation of the esteemed certification by De Havilland CEO, Mr. Brian Chafe, to Trans Maldivian Airways CEO, Mr. A.U.M Fawzy. The event was graced by the presence of De Havilland owners, Mrs. Sherry Brydson and Mr. Robert McDonald, along with senior management from both organizations.

Reflecting on TMA’s longstanding relationship with the Twin Otter Aircraft spanning three decades, CEO Mr. Fawzy emphasized the aircraft's durability and versatility, attributing much of TMA’s success to these qualities. He pledged TMA’s continued commitment to championing the Twin Otter aircraft globally, expressing gratitude to De Havilland for their unwavering support.

De Havilland Group CEO, Mr. Brian Chafe, commended TMA’s impressive Twin Otter operations in the Maldives, noting the remarkable frequency of flights during peak hours and the unprecedented milestone of completing 2 million flight cycles on Twin Otters. The owners of De Havilland echoed Mr. Chafe’s sentiments, underscoring the significant contribution of Twin Otters to the Maldivian tourism industry.

With the largest MRO facility for Twin Otter Aircraft globally, TMA offers comprehensive maintenance services within the Maldives, covering a wide spectrum of offerings, including major maintenance, avionics upgrades, and cabin modifications. With over 30 years of experience, TMA boasts a dedicated team of over 300 highly qualified aircraft maintenance personnel, a majority of whom are local talent.

Since its inception in 1993, TMA has played a pivotal role in revolutionizing the Maldivian tourism industry with its seaplane operations. Today, with a fleet of 65 DHC-6 Twin-Otters, TMA continues to be a leader in the aviation industry, bridging transportation gaps and enhancing the Maldives’ prominence in aircraft maintenance.

The endorsement from De Havilland Canada not only elevates TMA’s global standing but also reinforces its commitment to excellence and innovation in aviation. As TMA charts new horizons in the aviation industry, this achievement marks a significant milestone in its illustrious journey, paving the way for future collaborations and advancements.