Maldivian, and the world’s leading regional aircraft manufacturer, ATR, have entered into a confirmed agreement to acquire two ATR 42-600 aircraft.
These highly efficient new planes will be integrated into Maldivian’s existing regional fleet, which includes two ATR 72-600 and one ATR 42-600, with the aim of replacing older generation turboprop aircraft.
With these modern aircraft, equipped with highly efficient PW127XT engines and featuring spacious and attractive cabins, Maldivian aims to enhance reliable and affordable connectivity for the Maldives’ communities and businesses. This move will contribute to the economic vitality of the Maldives while reducing emissions.
Mohamed Mihad, Managing Director of Maldivian, expressed, “We introduced our initial two ATR aircraft to our fleet in January 2023, and our passengers have already lauded the comfort and contemporary features of their cabins, along with the reliability of our services. As the industry leader in regional aviation, both in terms of financial efficiency and CO2 emissions, the ATR -600 series is a valuable asset for us as we pursue sustainable growth. It allows us to offer swift access to essential services while preserving the unique destinations that the Maldives offers to residents and tourists.”
Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, Chief Executive Officer of ATR, further commented, “In order to modernize its fleet and maintain crucial connections for its communities, Maldivian has once again chosen to invest in the most environmentally friendly regional aircraft available and the established standard for operational cost-effectiveness. The combination of ATR 42-600 and 72-600 aircraft in Maldivian’s fleet will provide flexibility, reliability, comfort, and profitability on shorter routes. Maldivian passengers will enjoy state-of-the-art aircraft, ensuring responsible and affordable connectivity for years to come.”