26 October, 2018

Manta Air to take delivery of two ATR 72-600s

The new Maldives airline will start flights with the latest generation ATRs

The new domestic airline in the Republic of Maldives, Manta Air, has secured its first two ATR72-600’s through Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) it was confirmed recently. 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 aircraft will ensure improved connectivity between the beautiful Maldivian atolls and will be initially operating from the main Velana International Airport, to three airports: Kudahuvadhoo in Dhaalu atoll, Dharavandhoo in Baa atoll and Thimarafushi in Thaa atoll.  

Edward Alsford, Chief Operation Officer of Manta Air, declared, “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. We are introducing two brand new ATR72-600’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.”
Martin Mรธller, Chairman of NAC, declared: “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.”

Stefano Bortoli, CEO of ATR, added, “It is a special occasion to be part of the launch of a new airline such as Manta Air. Their choice highlights their confidence in the ATR 72-600 as the best aircraft for their successful daily operations in the Maldives. It demonstrates once again the value of ATR for connecting island communities whilst allowing airlines to take advantages of its unbeatable economics and comfort.”

The eco-efficient ATR 72-600s will operate on domestic routes from runways as short as 1200 meters, thanks to their unmatched take-off and landing performance. The aircraft will feature a very comfortable and spacious cabin, with an increased legroom seat, offering a new travel experience across the Maldives.

About the ATR 72-600: 
Passenger capacity: 68-78 seats 
Engines: Pratt & Whitney 127M 
Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horsepower per engine 
Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg 
Maximum load: 7,500 Kg 
Maximum range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)

(Images  ATR & Manta Air)