Maldivian Air Taxi

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Maldivian Air Taxi
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded November 4, 1993
Ceased operations 2013
Hubs Ibrahim Nasir International Airport
Fleet size 20
Destinations 52
Company slogan A Unique Experience
Headquarters Malé
Key people Lars Erik Nielsen (Founder and Chairman of the Board)
Flight 8Q-MAO (in Kenn Borek Air colours) preparing for boarding.

Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT) was a domestic carrier in the Maldives and was one of the largest seaplane operators in the world, operating over 500 flights a week during the peak tourist season. Beginning in November 1993 with two aircraft, MAT grew in direct response to the opening of newly developed resorts that require seaplane transport services for their guests.

In 2013, the American equity fund Blackstone Group announced that they were acquiring both MAT and rival company Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA).[1] A merger was brought underway and a new company was founded, retaining the Trans Maldivian Airways name, and the colours of MAT. TMA now operates 44 Twin Otters including 3 brand new 400 series.


The airline was established in 1993 by Danish investors and started operations in the same year. It is wholly owned by Lars Erik Nielsen (Chairman) and has 275 employees (as of March 2007).[2]


At the time of the merger, Maldivian Air Taxi's fleet included the following aircraft (at December 2010).

The Maldivian Air Taxi also has previously indicated plans to replace all of their DHC-6-100/-200/-300's with the new -400 Series by Viking Air.

An M.A.T. flight landing (Special livery)


  1. ^ "Blackstone Press Release". Blackstone Announces Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways. 
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 46. 

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