Maldivian to lease more ATRs
Maldivian, the national airline of the Maldives plans to lease two ATR 72-600s very soon and invites parties to submit proposals.
Island Aviation Services, owner and operator of Maldivian, said in a statement that the airline expects an increase in the use of its domestic fleet, due to the opening of additional domestic airports and growth in passenger traffic. interior on its interior network.
“In order to comply with Island Aviation Services’ operational and expansion plan, we now invite all interested parties to submit proposals for the lease of two ATR 72-600 aircraft,” the statement said.
In the Request for Proposal (RFP), the operator specifies that the aircraft must be powered by Pratt and Whitney Canada PW127M engines, be in a 68-70 seat configuration and be ready for passenger service. It states that the leased aircraft will have an estimated annual usage of 3,000 flight hours, an hours to cycle ratio of 0.6, and must be in good working order.
It says the two leased ATRs will be based at Velana International Airport in Male, the main international airport in the Maldives.
The aircraft must be available for inspection by Island Aviation Services by March 31, it adds.
The term of the lease will be 18 months, but the agreement will be subject to obtaining all related approvals from the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority (MCAA), government authorities, the Board of Directors of Island Aviation Services and lessor company authorities, the statement said.
Interested parties must express interest by Jan. 26, 2022, before proceeding with the briefing and submissions, it says. The airline adds that it wants to receive the first aircraft in April and the second in May.
Smart Aviation Asia-Pacific previously announced that the airline had signed a contract with ATR for the purchase of two ATR 72-600s and one ATR 42-600, which are expected to be delivered in 2022 to replace some of its aging De Havilland Aircraft of Canada turboprops .
The Maldivian website shows that the airline has a fleet of: one Airbus A321, one Airbus A320, eight De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Dash 8-300s, two Dash 8-200s and 11 De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Twin Otters.
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