Maldivian to lease 2 A330-200 aircraft
According to the IAS, the two A330-200s will be brought in to introduce non-stop flights to long haul destinations
Aishath Fareeha Abdulla
Flag carrier Maldivian on Monday invited proposals to dry lease two A330-200 aircraft for the airline.
Island Aviation, which operates the national carrier, said:
The two planes will be leased for at least six years
The planes should be brought to the country by the end of the first or second quarter of the year
Should be planes with business and economy class seats
Business class should have 25-30 seats.
According to the IAS, the two A330-200s will be brought in to introduce non-stop flights to long haul destinations.
IAS has also decided to bring in an A321 Long Range aircraft. However, the exact date of the plane’s arrival is yet to be ascertained.
IAS Deputy Managing Director Aishath Jennifer told Atoll Times on Monday that the A330s are being brought to facilitate long-distance travel.
"It will be used on trips to long haul destinations like Europe and China," she said.
Maldivian has recently brought in two ATR 72 aircraft for use in domestic flights. This year, an ATR-42 aircraft will also be inducted.
The airline is in the process of adding new planes to its fleet and plans to change its logo and branding.