Maldives’ national carrier Maldivian has announced it will be expanding its operational fleet, with an Airbus A-321 due to arrive sometime this month, reports local media.
Speaking to Vaguthu, an official from the national carrier said that the new airliner will start its journey towards the Maldives on January 19, from Spain, adding that the plane will be able to make the journey in one day.
The official said that the Airbus will be capable of carrying 200 passengers and that the flight will be operated by Maldivian pilots and engineers.
The airplane will start operating flights into three new Chinese cities starting from next month, with the flight being projected to bring around 1000 tourists every week.
Maldivian, the national airline carrier, celebrated the arrival of its first Airbus A320 aircraft in the Maldives at a ceremony at the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA) on Wednesday.
According to Maldivian, the aircraft interior was “modified to a three class configuration: 14 business, 24 premium and 114 economy class seats and was installed with an in-flight entertainment system.”
“Training, maintenance and operation procedures needed to be adapted to the specific characteristics of the A320, while ensuring an efficient and effective implementation schedule that will facilitate safe, effective, and sustained operations,” reads a press statement by the carrier.
The aircraft was ferried from Toulouse, France to Maldives via Doha.