Trans Maldivian Airways
|Founded||1989 (as Hummingbird Island Helicopters)|
|Hubs||Gan International Airport|
|Company slogan||Sun, Sand, Sea & Seaplane|
|Parent company||Blackstone Group|
|Headquarters||Velana International Airport
|Key people||A. U. M. Fawzy (CEO)|
Operating out of Velana International Airport, TMA is the oldest air transfer operator operating in the country, providing seaplane transfer services to a large number of tourist resorts. TMA currently operates the world's largest seaplane fleet. And as of 2016, December it operates out of Gan International Airport, servicing resorts in Addu, and Huvadhu Atoll.
The airline was founded in 1989 as Hummingbird Island Helicopters by pilot Kit Chambers. The company operated a strictly helicopter fleet of aircraft, moving tourists from the airport to a select number of island resorts. 1993 saw the establishment of Maldivian Air Taxi, a direct competitor offering more-preferred seaplane transfers. In order to revive the market, the company was rebranded as Hummingbird Island Airways in 1997, introducing Twin Otter seaplanes to its fleet. By 1999, the fleet had transitioned out all helicopters, and had a seaplane-only lineup.
Trans Maldivian Airways
In the year 2000, Hummingbird Island was rebranded as Trans Maldivian Airways, under new management. In the next years, TMA acquired a fleet of 16 Twin Otter seaplanes, operating alongside Maldivian Air Taxi to provide transfer services to a growing number of tourist resorts in numerous atolls of the archipelago.
In 2006, TMA announced intentions to acquire 3 ATR 42 aircraft to begin operations to the domestic airports scattered in the atolls. One of the ATR aircraft were brought to Male' in early 2007, and operations began to Gan in August. In 2009, TMA announced that they were suspending all domestic operations due to losses, and the two ATR aircraft acquired were subsequently sold.
2011 saw the first Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft brought to the TMA fleet, bringing the total fleet to 23.
Merger with Maldivian Air Taxi
Maldivian Air Taxi, established in 1993, was the sole competitor of TMA in the seaplane transfer industry. The company boasted the world's largest seaplane fleet. On February 4, 2013, the American equity fund Blackstone Group announced their buyout of the majority stake of both Trans Maldivian Airways and Maldivian Air Taxi, to form a new company with a combined fleet of 44 seaplanes, making it the largest seaplane fleet in the world by far. The new company would retain the Trans Maldivian Airways brand name, with a new logo and livery integrating the colours of Maldivian Air Taxi.
The new merger company, with conjunction with the Maldives Transport Authority has proposed to launch seaplane services to inhabited islands in the atolls, in addition to the currently served resort islands.
TMA has seaplane transfer services for tourists to and from the following resort islands:
- Vagaru (Viceroy Maldives)
- Kudafunafaru (Zitahli Resort And Spa Kudafunafaru)
- Iru Fushi (The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi)
- Medhufaru ( Soneva Jani )
- Fushivelaavaru (Velaa Private Island)
- Randheli (Cheval Blanc Randheli)
- Meedhupparu (Adaaran Select Medhupparu)
- Furaveri (Furaveri Island Resort)
- Maamigili (Loama Resort Maldives at Maamigili)
- Dhunikolhu (Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu)
- Fonimagoodhoo (Reethi Beach Resort)
- Kihavah Huravalhi (Anantara Kihivah Villas)
- Kunfunadhoo (Soneva Fushi)
- Landaa Giraavaru (Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru)
- Mudhdhoo (Dusit Thani Maldives)
- Milaidhoo (Milaidhoo)
- Kanifushi (Atmosphere Kanifushi)
- Kanuhura (Kanuhura)
- Kuredhdhoo (Kuredu Resort)
- Komandoo (Komandoo Maldives Island Resort)
- Madhiriguraidhoo (Palm Beach Resort and Spa Maldives)
- Biyadhoo (Biyadhoo Island Resort)
- Helengeli (Helengeli Island Resort)
- Kuda Huraa (Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa)
- Medhufinolhu (One & Only Reethi Rah)
- Meerufenfushi (Meeru Island Resort and Spa)
- Veligandu Huraa (Naladhu Maldives)
- Ziyaaraifushi (Summer Island Village)
- Bathala (Bathala Island Resort)
- Ellaidhoo (Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo)
- Ethere Madivaru
- Fesdhoo (W Retreat and Spa - Maldives)
- Gangehi (Gangehi Island Resort)
- Halaveli (Constance Halaveli)
- Kandholhudhoo (Kandholhu Island)
- Kudafolhudhoo (Nika Island Resort)
- Kuramathi (Kuramathi Island Resort)
- Maayafushi (VOI Maayafushi Resort)
- Madoogali (Madoogali - The Maldives)
- Mushimasgali (Safari Island Resort and Spa)
- Velidhoo (Velidhu Island Resort)
- Veligandu (Veligandu Island Resort and Spa)
- Angaga (Angaga Island Resort and Spa)
- Athuruga (Diamonds Athuruga)
- Dhidhdhoofinolhu (LUX* Maldives)
- Huvahendhoo (Lily Beach Resort and Spa)
- Kudarah (Kudarah Island Resort)
- Maafushivaru (Maafushivaru)
- Machchafushi (Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives)
- Mirihi (Mirihi Island Resort)
- Moofushi (Constance Moofushi)
- Rangali (Conrad Maldives Rangali Island)
- Thudufushi (Diamonds Thudufushi)
- Vakarufalhi (Vakarufalhi Island Resort)
- Vilamendhoo (Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa)
- Vilingilivaru (Ranveli Village)
- Alimatha (Alimatha Aquatic Resort)
- Dhiggiri (VOI Dhiggiri Resort)
- Medhufushi (Medhufushi Island Resort)
- Hakuraa Huraa (Chaaya Lagoon Hakuraa Huraa)
- Filitheyo (Filitheyo Island Resort)
- Maafushi (The Rania Experience)
- Meedhuffushi (Vilu Reef Beach and Spa Resort)
- Velavaru (Angsana Velavaru Resort)
- Dhonakuli (Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa)
- Manafaru ( JA Resort Manafaru )
Services provided by the company includes:
- Scenic flights
- Resort transfers
- Picnic flights
- Aircraft charter
- Domestic air services
The Trans Maldivian Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):
|Aircraft||In Service||On Order||Passengers||Notes|
|De Havilland Canada DHC-6-100 Twin Otter||1||19|
|De Havilland Canada DHC-6-200 Twin Otter||1||19|
|De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter||39||19|
|Viking DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400||3||19+|
Incidents and accidents
As Trans Maldivian Airways
- On 19 February 2001, a De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 100 (8Q-TMA) collided with a De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 (8Q-TMH) while landing at Holiday Island Resort. No one was injured.
- On 17 May 2004, a De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 300 collided with the sea-wall of runway 18 at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport after experiencing problems taking off from the seaplane base at Hulhule, adjacent to the international airport. Both pilots and one passenger were seriously injured in the accident. The aircraft, SN 434, was written off. Subsequently, SN 434 was rebuilt by Viking Air Limited to serve as the technical demonstrator (proof of concept) aircraft for Series 400 Twin Otter development. It flew again as a Series 400 prototype in the fall of 2008, and is currently registered as C-FDHT.
- "Contact." Trans Maldivian Airways. Retrieved on April 21, 2015. "TRANS MALDIVIAN AIRWAYS (Pvt) Ltd. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport P.O. Box 2079 Male’ Republic of Maldives"
- "Blackstone Press Release". Blackstone Announces Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- Saeed, Ahmed (7 October 2006). "TMA to acquire three 46-seat aircraft to fly to internal airports of Maldives. (Dhivehi)". Haveeru Online (in Divehi). Haveeru Daily. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- އެތެރޭގެ އުދުހުންތަކަށް ގެނައި ޓީއެމްއޭގެ ބޯޓް ޓެސްޓް ދަތުރެއްގައި ގަމަށް ޖައްސައިފި. Haveeru Online (in Divehi). Haveeru Online. 21 July 2007. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- "TMA to sell two aircraft used for domestic aircraft. (Dhivehi)". Haveeru Online (in Divehi). 3 March 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- "Blackstone buys majority stake in two Maldives seaplane operators". Haveeru Online. 4 February 2013.
- "US private equity fund buys both Maldivian seaplane operators for undisclosed sum.". Minivan News. Minivan News. 4 February 2014.
- "Resorts". 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2014.
- http://www.transmaldivian.com Archived June 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 20.
- C.A.D Aircraft Accident History
- "Investigation Report of the Accident to DeHavilland DHC‐6 “TwinOtter” (8Q‐TMA) on 19 February 2001 at Sun Island Resort" (Archive). Civil Aviation Department, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. Retrieved on April 21, 2015.
- "ACCIDENT REPORT ON 8Q-TMC (TWIN OTTER) COLLISION WITH SEAWALL At Male’ International Airport On 17th of May 2004" (Archive). Accident Investigation Coordinating Committee. Retrieved on April 21, 2015.
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