Maldivian begins weekly flights to Hangzhou

Maldivian, the national airline of Maldives welcomed its inaugural flight from Hangzhou, China today. The flight to Hangzhou departed from Malé on 13th September and Maldivian welcomed the first arrivals from Hangzhou to Maldives this morning around 0615 hrs with 200 passengers. Airbus A321 aircraft will serve this route once a week. At present Maldivian operates to Chengdu, Chongqing, Xi’an, Nanjing, and Wuhan.

The Maldives ranks among the top travel destinations for Chinese holidaymakers. Maldives had seen a significant boom in tourism from the Chinese market for the past four years

Despite the slight lows in recent months: visitors for the first half of 2017 was recorded as 141,495, a drop of 10.3%, compared to last year’s at 157,764, China remains the largest market for the Maldives’ tourism industry.

As per recent statistics, the number of tourists to the Maldives increased in September. The average length of stay decreased from 6.4 to 5.3 days, but increased by 2% for nights in September, while the occupancy had also improved to 64%.

The government is committed to gradually boost Maldives tourism. The government targets to bring in 1.4 million tourists. Last year, Maldives also announced plans to host a major annual tourism fair over the next four years to bring in 2 million tourists and increase the revenue up to 3.5 billion dollars.

TMA introduces Maldives’ first luxury air conditioned seaplane

Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA) has introduced the country’s first luxury air-conditioned seaplane.

The Twin Otter aircraft’s interior is fitted with leather seats, allowing passengers’ luxury experience the moment they take off from Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (Hulhulé – Malé).

“The luxury air-conditioned seaplane is the first of its kind in the Maldives and will undoubtedly contribute to the satisfaction of passengers,” said TMA.

TMA AC Plane
AC seaplane, Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA)

“TMA has been listening to the needs of the tourism industry and has been constantly improving the passengers’ transfer experience, with today’s launch being just one of the examples how TMA persistently improves the quality of its service.”

TMA was recognised last week as the leading seaplane operator in the Indian Ocean region at the World Travel Awards in Zanzibar. The company has also been named the world’s leading seaplane operator for the last two years.

With more than 40 Twin Otter aircraft, TMA boasts the largest seaplane fleet on earth, giving 750,000 passengers a year the perfect introduction to their Maldivian holiday.

Maldives’ First Female Boat Captain

Kurumba, Maldives are excited to announce that over the past five months, have been training Miss Aishath Rizuna “Rizu”, Maldives’ first female boat Captain.

Aishath Rizuna “Rizu”, Maldives' first female boat Captain
Aishath Rizuna “Rizu”, Maldives’ first female boat Captain

Rizu started to work at Kurumba, Maldives back in November 2011 as a Kids Club Attendant. In November 2012 she was promoted as Supervisor in Majaa Recreation. From her background, Rizu was born and raised in Funadhoo, Shaviyani Atoll. Her father is a fisherman so Rizu has sweet memories about the time when her father taught her how to swim, snorkel and fish in a traditional Dhoni boat. At the very young age of four, Rizu’s father taught her how to drive a small boat, and by the time she was a teenager she was sailing small boats in the lagoon of Funadhoo. Rizu’s father (Mohamed Nazim) curiously also worked in Kurumba at a young age thirty years ago and has been a great support to Rizu’s evolving career.

Aishath Rizuna “Rizu”, Maldives' first female boat Captain
Aishath Rizuna “Rizu”, Maldives’ first female boat Captain

We are delighted with the support of our twelve male Captains, who certainly gave her all the necessary help needed for her practical training as well as her theory course. Rizu is still developing her skills and knowledge of the Maldivian oceans, which will take some time. Whilst she will continue her role as Majaa Recreation Supervisor, these additional skills can be used in the future from time to time when guests are looking for a female crew.

Mohamed Shameem, Fleet Manager of Kurumba, Maldives commented: “Rizu is a very energetic individual and has always been very keen to become a boat captain. I can see that she has a bright future in the maritime field.”

Maldivian To Add Three More Routes To China

Maldivian, the national airline of Maldives has announced that three new destinations to China will be added to its network commencing in February 2015. The three additional cities are Xi’an, Nanjing and Changsha.

Xi’an is the capital of Shaanxi province, located in the northwest of the People’s Republic of China, in the center of the Guanzhong Plain and is formerly romanized as Sian. Nanjing is the capital of Jiangsu province in Eastern China. It is rich in Chinese history and culture, having been the capital of China during the rule of several dynasties. Changsha is the capital of Hunan Province in South-Central China.

Maldivian started flights to China in July 2013 with Chongqing the 4th largest city in China after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin as the first destination. Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in the heart of China which is one of the major commercial hubs in the country and one of the biggest metropolitan cities was added to its network an year later in July 2014.

China - Maldives flights Maldivian
Maldivian flight

With this increase in flights to China, Maldivian will have access to a larger share of the Chinese tourists visiting Maldives. Chinese tourism is the fastest growing market in the world and accounts for 30 percent of all visitors to the Maldives.

Maldivian is owned and operated by the state owned Island Aviation Services Ltd and is the leading domestic airline of the country. Maldivian was operating only domestic flights until 25th January 2008 when it commenced its first regional operations with the first flight to Trivandrum, India. In addition to daily flights to Trivandrum, the flag carrier now flies to Chennai – India and Dhaka – Bangladesh as well as China.

Maldivian continues to operate daily flights to 9 airports within the country. The carrier was formerly known as Island Aviation and was re-branded in August 2008.