Maldivian has signed a firm order for two ATR 42-600 aircraft to join the Maldives’ national airline’s existing regional fleet of two ATR 72-600 aircraft and one ATR 42-600, replacing older generation turboprops.

The new aircraft will be powered by PW127XT engines and will feature a spacious cabin. With the new additions to the fleet, Maldivian will provide further reliable and affordable connectivity between communities and businesses in the archipelago, with lower emissions.

“We introduced our first two ATR aircraft into our fleet in January 2023, and our passengers already praise the comfort and modernity of the cabin, as well as the reliability of the services we are providing,” said Mohamed Mihad, Managing Director of Maldivian. “As the benchmark in regional aviation, both in terms of financial efficiency and CO2 emissions, the ATR -600 series represents a valuable asset for us to achieve responsible growth while providing quick access to essential services and preserving destinations for the archipelago’s residents and tourists.”

“To modernise its fleet and sustain the vital connections it is offering its communities, Maldivian has, yet again, chosen to invest in the lowest-emission regional aircraft on the market and the proven benchmark in terms of operating economics,” said Nathalie Tarnaud Laude, Chief Executive Officer, ATR. “Having a mixed fleet of both ATR 42-600 and 72-600 will offer Maldivian flexibility, reliability, comfort and profitability on the smallest routes.”

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