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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.

Latest updates

 

03May2017

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

22Nov2014

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

>renamed to : >>merged in or absorbed : +> assets taken over : =>> merger resulted in new airline

Air Cargo Maldives   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1992 - 1992
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Air Equator  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2004 - 2005
Airline Code : -- : EQU
Genealogy : Nil tree
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)

Air Maldives   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1974 - 2000
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Air Maldives was founded on 01Oct1974 & started operations on 09Oct1974. It declared bankruptcy and stopped all operations in 2000

Far East Airlines Maldives   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

FlyMe (Villa Air)   

Status : Active

Dates :

2011 - date
Airline Code : VP : VQI
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : FlyMe was launched on 14Mar2011 and began operations on 01Oct2011

Hummingbird Island Airways   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1989 - 2001
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Hummingbird Island Airways >Trans Maldivian Airways
Comments : Trans Maldivian Airways commenced operations as Hummingbird Island Airways on 30Jun1989

Inter Atoll Air   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Island Aviation Services   

Status : Renamed

Dates :

2000 - 2008
Airline Code : Q2 : DQA
Genealogy : Island Aviation Services >Maldivian
Comments : The airline division of Island Aviation Services was formed on 13Apr2000 & was rebranded as Maldivian on 25Aug2008

Maldives Airways  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1984 - 1986
Airline Code : MQ : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Maldives International Airlines  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1977 - 1979*
Airline Code : FZ : ---
Genealogy : Maldives International Airlines >>Air Maldives
Comments : Maldives International Airlines was formed as the international arm of Air Maldives & reintegrated back into the parent company

Maldivian   

Status : Active

Dates :

2008 - date
Airline Code : Q2 : DQA
Genealogy : Island Aviation Services >Maldivian
Comments : The airline division of Island Aviation Services was formed on 13Apr2000 & was rebranded as Maldivian on 25Aug2008

Maldivian Air Taxi  updated in 2017

Status : Renamed

Dates :

1993 - 2013
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Maldivian Air Taxi >Trans Maldivian Airways
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)

Mega Maldives (Mega Global Air)  updated in 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2011 - 2017
Airline Code : 5M : MEG
Genealogy : Nil tree
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

Ocean Air   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2001* - 2001*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

Seagull Airways   

Status : Unsure

Dates :

**** - ****
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : No further information at this time

SunExpress Airlines   

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1999 - 2001
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : SunExpress Airlines was formed in 1997 & offerred seaplane services between Male Airport and the outer islands of the Maldives

Trans Maldivian Airways  updated in 2017

Status : Active

Dates :

2001 - date
Airline Code : -- : TMW
Genealogy : Hummingbird Island Airways >Trans Maldivian Airways
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)
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