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The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It consists of1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts); archipelago with strategic location astride and along major sea lanes in Indian Ocean.  It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. Tourism and fishing are being developed on the archipelago.

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>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline : dates are searchable using ddmmyyyy

May 3, 2017

Mega Maldives Air has officially announced it suspended all commercial flight operations with effect from 02May 2017 [status change]

November 22, 2014

Air Cargo Maldives Status changed to 'Inactive' & both dates added (1992 - 1992)  [status change]

Airline

Status Operating Dates

Air Cargo Maldives   

Inactive 1992 - 1992

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Air Equator  updated

Inactive 2004 - 2005

^ Comments : Air Equator was founded in 2003 and received its air operator's certificate on 10Oct2004. The airline ceased operations in Aug2005 (Scheduled domestic services from Gan)

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^ Airline Code : -- : EQU

Air Maldives   

Inactive 1974 - 2000

^ Comments : Air Maldives was founded on 01Oct1974 & started operations on 09Oct1974. It declared bankruptcy and stopped all operations in 2000

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Far East Airlines Maldives   

Unsure **** - ****

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FlyMe (Villa Air)   

Active 2011 - date

^ Comments : FlyMe was launched on 14Mar2011 and began operations on 01Oct2011

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^ Airline Code : VP : VQI

Hummingbird Island Airways   

Renamed 1989 - 2001

^ Comments : Trans Maldivian Airways commenced operations as Hummingbird Island Airways on 30Jun1989

^ Genealogy : Hummingbird Island Airways >Trans Maldivian Airways

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Inter Atoll Air   

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Island Aviation Services   

Renamed 2000 - 2008

^ Comments : The airline division of Island Aviation Services was formed on 13Apr2000 & was rebranded as Maldivian on 25Aug2008

^ Genealogy : Island Aviation Services >Maldivian

^ Airline Code : Q2 : DQA

Maldives Airways  updated

Inactive 1984 - 1986

^ Comments : Maldives Airways was owned and operated by the PLO. This airline was one of the many companies which also functioned as a screen for the secret activities of the PLO at that time and Maldives Airways planes were engaged in smuggling weapons or drugs for the Palestinian Authority

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^ Airline Code : MQ : ---

Maldives International Airlines  updated

Renamed 1977 - 1979*

^ Comments : Maldives International Airlines was formed as the international arm of Air Maldives & reintegrated back into the parent company

^ Genealogy : Maldives International Airlines >>Air Maldives

^ Airline Code : FZ : ---

Maldivian   

Active 2008 - date

^ Comments : The airline division of Island Aviation Services was formed on 13Apr2000 & was rebranded as Maldivian on 25Aug2008

^ Genealogy : Island Aviation Services >Maldivian

^ Airline Code : Q2 : DQA

Maldivian Air Taxi  updated

Renamed 1993 - 2013

^ Comments : Maldivian Air Taxi was founded in 1993 & started operations on 04Nov1993 (Tourist and sightseeing airline based at Male International Airport) Merged into Trans Maldivian Airways (Tourist and sightseeing airline based at Male International Airport)

^ Genealogy : Maldivian Air Taxi >Trans Maldivian Airways

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Mega Maldives (Mega Global Air)  updated

Inactive 2011 - 2017

^ Comments : MEGA Maldives was established in 2010. It received an AOC on 22Dec2010, and its first domestic flight was from Malé to Gan on 28Dec2010. Mega Maldives Air has officially announced it suspended all commercial flight operations with effect from 02May 2017

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^ Airline Code : 5M : MEG

Ocean Air   

Inactive 2001* - 2001*

^ Comments : No further information at this time

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Seagull Airways   

Unsure **** - ****

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SunExpress Airlines   

Inactive 1999 - 2001

^ Comments : SunExpress Airlines was formed in 1997 & offerred seaplane services between Male Airport and the outer islands of the Maldives

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Trans Maldivian Airways  updated

Active 2001 - date

^ Comments : Trans Maldivian Airways commenced operations as Hummingbird Island Airways on 30Jun1989 using a fleet of helicopters and commenced fixed wing operations in 1997. Regional airline based at Male International (MLE)

^ Genealogy : Hummingbird Island Airways >Trans Maldivian Airways

^ Airline Code : -- : TMW

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