Manta Air, a soon-to-launch domestic airline in the Republic of Maldives, will take delivery of its first two ATR 72-600s secured through Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) before the end of the year.

The first aircraft will be introduced in November 2018, with the second planned to join Manta Air’s fleet before the end of the year. The airline said the new aircraft will ensure improved connectivity between the Maldivian atolls.

“Manta Air is an exciting new domestic airline based in the Republic of Maldives. Our mission is to make flying an enjoyable and effortless experience by ensuring the highest safety standards are established and maintained,” explained Edward Alsford, chief operation officer of Manta Air.

Alsford added: “We are introducing two brand new ATR 72-600’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. These aircraft benefit from having the most modern and comfortable turboprop cabin. Manta Air has taken the unusual step of removing a row of seats to provide our passengers with additional legroom in both economy and business class.”

The aircraft will initially be operating from the main Velana International Airport, to three domestic airports: Kudahuvadhoo airport in Dhaalu atoll, Dharavandhoo in Baa atoll and Thimarafushi in Thaa atoll.

“It is a special occasion to be part of the launch of a new airline such as Manta Air,” added Stefano Bortoli, CEO of ATR. He added that their choice of the ATR 72-600, “Demonstrates once again the value of ATR for connecting island communities whilst allowing airlines to take advantages of its unbeatable economics and comfort.”

Martin Møller, chairman of NAC, commented: “We are pleased to see our first ATR 72-600 aircraft being introduced in the Maldives and contributing to the further development of the air connectivity in this region. The ATR 72-600s perfectly match the requirements for short-haul travel in terms of low operating costs, comfort and ability to take-off and land at small airfields.”

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