Trans Maldivian Airways, the First Airline in Asia Endorsed by De Havilland Canada

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Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), renowned as the World’s Largest Seaplane Operator, has received an endorsement certificate from De Havilland Canada. The endorsement acknowledges TMA’s Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility as a DHC-endorsed Service Center.

De Havilland CEO Brian Chafe presented the esteemed certification to Trans Maldivian Airways CEO Mr A.U.M Fawzy at a formal endorsement ceremony held at TMA’s hangar at Velana International Airport on 5th May 2024. 

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De Havilland owners Sherry Brydson and Robert McDonald, as well as senior management and representatives from both companies, were in attendance.

De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited (DHC) is a Canadian aircraft company that has developed various aircraft models since its establishment, including the iconic Dash 8. Other models the company manufactures comprise the DHC-6 Twin Otter and the DHC-515 Firefighter.

Reflecting on TMA’s three-decade-long journey with the Twin Otter Aircraft, CEO Mr Fawzy highlighted the vital connection between TMA’s success and the durability and versatility offered by the aircraft. 

He also reiterated TMA’s unwavering commitment to serving as the global brand ambassador for the Twin Otter aircraft and expressed heartfelt gratitude to De Havilland for their enduring support.

De Havilland Group CEO Brian Chafe admired the extensive scale of Twin Otter operations in the Maldives. He highlighted the remarkable frequency of flights during peak hours, with take-offs and landings occurring nearly every minute. TMA completed 2 million flight cycles on Twin Otters, a feat unparalleled anywhere else in the world. 

Mrs. Sherry Brydson and Mr. Robert McDonald echoed these sentiments, emphasising Twin Otters’ seamless integration into the Maldivian tourism industry and their significant contribution.

Trans Maldivian Airways houses the largest MRO facility for Twin Otter Aircraft globally, facilitating Major Maintenance within the Maldives. Services offered include complete aircraft re-life, entire wing re-life, re-wiring, avionics and cockpit upgrades, cabin modifications, refurbished interiors, and interior standardisation. 

With over 30 years of expertise in servicing various Twin Otter aircraft models, TMA boasts a dedicated team of over 300 highly qualified aircraft maintenance personnel, focusing on nurturing local talent.

Since its inception in 1993, TMA has revolutionised the Maldivian tourism industry by introducing Twin-Otter seaplanes, evolving into the world’s leading seaplane operator with a remarkable fleet of 65 DHC-6 Twin-Otters. The introduction of seaplanes has bridged significant transportation gaps in the country, becoming an indispensable component of the Maldives experience.

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