The Maldivian buys 3 ATR planes

The Maldivian flag carrier, Island Aviation Services Ltd (dba. Maldivian), and ATR announce the signing of a contract for the purchase of the airline’s first ATR aircraft: two ATR 72-600s and one ATR 42-600. All three devices will be delivered in 2022.

The ATR 72-600 and ATR 42-600 will benefit from the new PW127XT engines, offering a 3% reduction in fuel consumption and 20% reduction in maintenance costs, as well as the possibility of using sustainable aviation fuels ( FAS). As for the aircraft manufacturer, sustainable development is a major concern for the airline.

ATR aircraft already have the lowest fuel burn and CO2 emissions of any regional aircraft, with ATR 72-600 aircraft consuming up to 40% less fuel than similarly sized regional jets.

Maldivian joins forces with ATR to contribute to the economic development of the archipelago. This initiative will complement the Government of Maldives Air Mobility Policy and enable Maldivians to offer enhanced connectivity across the Maldives.

Mohamed Mihad, Managing Director of Maldivian, said: “We are delighted to take this next step in our expansion plans with ATR. We believe that the new generation of ATR aircraft with XT engines offers something we have been looking for in the modernization of our fleet, taking a step towards sustainability while keeping an eye on operating costs as well as improving cabin modernity and passenger comfort.

Stefano Bortoli, CEO of ATR, said: “Despite the current pandemic, operators are looking to the future, and this contract is a strong symbol of the resilience of the airline industry. Our aircraft have proven their reliability by connecting the islands of many archipelagos for nearly four decades; we welcome Maldivian as a new customer and we are proud to contribute sustainably to the modernization and expansion of the flag carrier of the Maldives.

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