Start-Ups Manta Air to take delivery of two ATR 72s

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A new airline in the Republic of Maldives, Manta Air, is set to take delivery of two ATR72-600 regional aircraft.

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Both aircraft for the Start-Up airline are leased from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), a leading aircraft leasing company. The carrier expects to take delivery of the first aircraft in November 2018 and plans to operate with both aircraft before the end of this year.

Being based at Velana International Airport in the Republic of Maldives, Manta Air will deploy the aircraft on regional routes. The ATR72-600 aircraft will ensure improved connectivity between Maldivian atolls. In addition, Manta Air will also operate with four seaplanes.

Starting in the fourth quarter of 2018, Manta Air will start commercial passenger flights from its homebase Velana to three destinations: Dharavandhoo in the Baa atoll, Kudahuvadhoo in the Dhaalu atoll and Thimarafushi in the Thaa atoll.

Edward Alsford, Chief Operation Officer of Manta Air said: "Our mission is to make flying an enjoyable and effortless experience by ensuring the highest safety standards are established and maintained. We are introducing two brand new ATR72-600’s aircraft into the Maldives. This demonstrates Manta Air’s dedication to high standards, and our commitment offers the best levels of service for our passengers."

Stefano Bortoli, CEO of ATR, added, “It is a special occasion to be part of the launch of a new airline such as Manta Air. Their choice highlights their confidence in the ATR 72-600 as the best aircraft for their successful daily operations in the Maldives. It demonstrates once again the value of ATR for connecting island communities whilst allowing airlines to take advantages of its unbeatable economics and comfort.”

Manta Air will equip its ATR72-600 turboprop aircraft with 68 to 78 seats. The aircraft are being powered with Pratt & Whitney 127M engines, which help the aircraft to operate on short runways. This characteristic is important for Manta Air, as most runways in the Maldives are rather short.

Source © atraircraft.com

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