Malé - Maldives' new domestic airline Manta Air has leased its first two aircraft through Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC).

Based at Malé-Velana airport, Manta to launch its operations soon between the islands of the archipelago. On October 22, the carrier announced the leasing of two new ATR 72-600 from the lessor company Nordic Aviation Capital.

The first turboprop will arrive in November and the second by the end of the year. The initial routes include Kudahuvadhoo Airport in Dhaalu Atoll, Dharavandhoo in Baa Atoll and Thimarafushi in Thaa Atoll.

Manta Air is a very promising new domestic airline based in the Republic of Maldives. Our mission is to make air travel a pleasant and comfortable experience by ensuring the highest safety standards, said Edward Alsford, Chief Operating Officer of the new company.

The upcoming commissioning of the two brand-new ATR 72-600 demonstrates our commitment to the highest standards, as well as our commitment to providing the highest levels of service to our passengers,
he added.

This is a very special occasion to participate in the launch of a new airline. Their choice underscores the confidence in the ATR 72-600 as the most suitable aircraft for their daily operations in the Maldives. It demonstrates once again the value of ATR for airlines, allowing them to connect island communities while enjoying unparalleled operating costs and comfort,
said Stefano Bortoli, Executive Chairman of ATR.

Announced last June, Manta Air stated then that the company wants to acquire three ATR but also four seaplanes to serve the different islands of the Maldives.