Start-Ups Manta Air starts operations

Manta Air has successfully started scheduled passenger operations. The carrier has furthermore signed a maintenance deal with ATR.

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The new domestic carrier of the Republic of Maldives, Manta Air, has started passenger flights. The company was initially founded back in 2016 and received its first two ATR 72-600 regional aircraft in late 2018. A third aircraft is set to join the growing fleet very soon.

Over the course of the start of the carrier, a new Global Maintenance Agreement (GMA) was signed with manufacturer ATR. This agreement is effective for five years and allows Manta Air to benefit from ATR´s repair and overhaul services. The manufacturer will provide easily replaceable components, propeller maintenance and spare parts for the whole fleet of Manta Air.

Edward Alsford, Chief Operation Officer of Manta Air commented: “Manta Air’s aim is to raise the standards of the domestic aviation industry by providing the best flying experience for our passengers, and increased connectivity in the Maldives. As a tailor-made maintenance package, the ATR GMA responds specifically to our needs, and ATR’s expertise will ensure our brand-new ATR 72-600s fly as much as possible. Our passengers depend on reliable service and ATR’s GMA is a valuable tool to help us deliver this.”

Tom Anderson, Senior Vice-President Programs and Customer Services of ATR added: “Through this partnership, Manta Air’s is benefitting from our support and expertise from the very first stages of operations, enabling them to get the most value possible from their latest generation ATR aircraft. In an increasingly competitive market, initial parts provisioning, anticipation of spares requirements, parts reliability, repair management, maintenance costs optimisation and stock management are some of our operators’ crucial challenges.”

Manta Air has configured its ATR aircraft in a two-class version. In total, 64 passengers can be welcomed on board. This specific number of seats will help the carrier to best serve regional destinations in the Maldives. Manta Air sees itself as a catalyst for the region´s tourism. ATR`s 72-series is a very popular choice for regional airlines around the world and has proved its operational performance in this market segment.

As part of a joint venture between Deep Blue Private Ltd. And Mr. Umar Mohamed Maniku, Manta Air was established three years ago in 2016. The carrier was founded due to the need for more air domestic transport options in the Maldives.

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