Maldivian (airline)

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Maldivian logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2000
Hubs Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
Airport lounge Moonimaa Lounge
Kashima Lounge
Alliance -
Fleet size 15
Destinations 22
Company slogan Flying Made Simple
Parent company Island Aviation Services
Headquarters Malé
Key people Ahmed Shafeeu (Chairman)
Abdul Haris (Managing Director)

Maldivian is the airline division of Island Aviation Services based in Malé, in the Maldives.[1] It is the national airline of the Maldives. It operates international flights in addition to inter-island services. Its main base is Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.

On 13 April 2000, the Government under a Presidential decree incorporated Island Aviation Services Limited as a limited liability Company, one hundred percent owned by the Government of Maldives. The airline began operations with three aircraft; a Bombardier Dash 8 Q200; and a Dornier 228, and served only domestic airports within the Maldives.

The airline commenced its international flights on 26 January 2008 with scheduled flights to Trivandrum.

On 25 August 2008, the airline division of Island Aviation Services was rebranded as Maldivian.



Maldivian flies to the following destinations on scheduled domestic and international service:[3]

Maldivian Bombardier Dash Q8-300


The Maldivian fleet includes the following aircraft as of March 2015:[5]

Maldivian Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 1 14 138 152
Airbus A321-200 1 6 194 200
Bombardier Dash 8 Q200 2 0 37 37
Bombardier Dash 8 Q300 5 0 50 50
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 6 0 15 15
Total 15


The first livery used by the airline (as Island Aviation) featured a wave pattern along the bottom of the fuselage along with 2 dolphins and 2 tuna fish. The logo was placed in the centre of the tail. Along with the rebranding of Maldivian, a new livery was introduced. The new livery saw the removal of the wave pattern to a plain white fuselage, and the addition of a blue wave, with two dolphins jumping out of the water, on the tail of the aircraft.


The aircraft has two classes. 14 seats in business class and 148 seats in economy class. The aircraft began operations on 15 November 2012.

Maldivian Airlines first Airbus A320 arrives at Ibrahim Nasir Airport (24 October 2012)

Seaplane operations[edit]

Maldivian opened seaplane operations on 16 June 2014 and its first domestic flight was on 6 July. On that first flight they flew to the Thaa Atoll Maalifushi, the Captain was David Kurivita while the First Officer was Gareth Morgan. The seaplane operations are based at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. Their Twin Otters are registered 8Q-IAL, 8Q-IAJ, 8Q-IAH, 8Q IAF, 8Q-IAG and 8Q-IAE.[6][7][8]

Island Aviation Services[edit]

As of Nov 2010, Island Aviation Services provide the following services at all public airports of the Maldives.[9]

  • Aircraft Engineering Services
  • Ground Control (managed by Maldivian division)
  • Flight Operations (managed by Maldivian division)


Maldivian's parent company Island Aviation Services operate 4 lounges in 4 of Maldivian's destinations in the Maldives.[10]

Malé International Airport[edit]

  • Moonimaa Lounge
    • Lounge allocated at the domestic terminal for the use of passengers.

Hanimaadhoo International Airport[edit]

  • Kashimaa Lounge - Hanimaadhoo
    • Lounge allocated in the domestic airport in the island of Hanimadhoo, Haa Dhaal atoll in the far north of Maldives. First airline lounge to be built on a beach-front.

Kaadehdhoo Airport[edit]

  • Kashimaa Lounge - Kaadehdhoo
    • Lounge allocated at the domestic airport in the island of Kaadehdhdhoo, Gaafu Dhaal atoll in the south of Maldives. Opened in late-2011 with a capacity of 10 passengers, and expanded in early-2013 to the current capacity of 40 passengers.

Dharavandhoo Airport[edit]

  • Kashimaa Lounge - Dharavandhoo
    • Lounge allocated at the domestic airport in the island of Dharavandhoo, Baa atoll in the north of Maldives. Open for services since 20 August 2013.[11]


  1. ^ "Contact Us." Maldivian. Retrieved on 29 April 2011. "Corporate Head Office No: 26, Ameer Ahmed Magu Male' 20026, Rep Of Maldives"
  2. ^ a b c d "Maldivian Expands China Service from Feb 2015". Airline Route. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Maldivian, flying made simple
  4. ^ "Maldivian Plans to Start Wuhan Service from June 2014". Airline Route. 21 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Maldivian leases new aircraft". Maldivian official website. Retrieved 2012-01-19. 
  6. ^ "Media - 17th Apr 2014 - Maldivian`s first Seaplane". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Media - 8th Jun 2014 - The second seaplane of Maldivian". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Media - 5th Jul 2014 - Maldivian Seaplane - First Domestic Flight". Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  9. ^ Maldivian, flying made simple
  10. ^ Maldivian, flying made simple
  11. ^ "Inauguration of Kashimaa Lounge at Dharavandhoo Airport". Maldivian. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 

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