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Trans Maldivian Airways
Trans Maldivian Airways
TMA Logo vertical.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
M8 TMW Trans Maldivian
Founded1989 (as Hummingbird Island Helicopters)
HubsVelana International Airport Gan International Airport
Fleet size52
Company sloganSun, Sand, Sea & Seaplane
Parent companyBain Capital
HeadquartersVelana International Airport
Malé, Maldives
Key peopleA. U. M. Fawzy (CEO)

Trans Maldivian Airways (Pvt) Ltd. (TMA) is a private airline headquartered on the grounds of Velana International Airport in Malé, Maldives.[1]

Operating out of Velana International Airport, TMA is the oldest air transfer operator operating in the country, providing seaplane transfer services to a large number of tourist resorts. TMA currently operates the world's largest seaplane fleet.[2] And as of 2016, December it operates out of Gan International Airport, servicing resorts in Addu, and Huvadhu Atoll.


Hummingbird Island Airways

The airline was founded in 1989 as Hummingbird Island Helicopters by pilot Kit Chambers. The company operated a strictly helicopter fleet of aircraft, moving tourists from the airport to a select number of island resorts. 1993 saw the establishment of Maldivian Air Taxi, a direct competitor offering more-preferred seaplane transfers. In order to revive the market, the company was rebranded as Hummingbird Island Airways in 1997, introducing Twin Otter seaplanes to its fleet. By 1999, the fleet had transitioned out all helicopters, and had a seaplane-only lineup.

Trans Maldivian Airways

In the year 2000, Hummingbird Island was rebranded as Trans Maldivian Airways, under new management. In the next years, TMA acquired a fleet of 16 Twin Otter seaplanes, operating alongside Maldivian Air Taxi to provide transfer services to a growing number of tourist resorts in numerous atolls of the archipelago.

In 2006, TMA announced intentions to acquire 3 ATR 42 aircraft to begin operations to the domestic airports scattered in the atolls.[3] One of the ATR aircraft were brought to Male' in early 2007, and operations began to Gan in August.[4] In 2009, TMA announced that they were suspending all domestic operations due to losses, and the two ATR aircraft acquired were subsequently sold.[5]

2011 saw the first Twin Otter Series 400 aircraft brought to the TMA fleet, bringing the total fleet to 23.

Merger with Maldivian Air Taxi

Maldivian Air Taxi, established in 1993, was the sole competitor of TMA in the seaplane transfer industry. The company boasted the world's largest seaplane fleet. On February 4, 2013, the American equity fund Blackstone Group announced their buyout of the majority stake of both Trans Maldivian Airways and Maldivian Air Taxi, to form a new company with a combined fleet of 44 seaplanes, making it the largest seaplane fleet in the world by far.[2][6][7] The new company would retain the Trans Maldivian Airways brand name, with a new logo and livery integrating the colours of Maldivian Air Taxi.

The new merger company, with conjunction with the Maldives Transport Authority has proposed to launch seaplane services to inhabited islands in the atolls, in addition to the currently served resort islands.[6]

Sold to Bain Capital

On December 18, 2017 – Bain Capital Private Equity ("Bain Capital") today announced that it has formed a consortium to acquire Trans Maldivian Airways ("TMA"), the world's largest seaplane operator headquartered in the Maldives, from Blackstone Group. The Bain Capital-led consortium includes Shenzhen Tempus Global Business Services Holdings Ltd ("Tempus Global") (300178) and TBRJ Fund 1 L.P. Bain Capital, which is headquartered in the US, will own approximately 80% of TMA.[8]


TMA Terminal

TMA has seaplane transfer services for tourists to and from the following resort islands:[9]

Haa Alif Atoll

  • Manafaru (JA Manafaru)
  • Dhonakulhi (Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa)
Trans Maldivian Airways Aircraft Livery

Shaviyani Atoll

  • Gaakoshinbi (Fairmont Sirru Fen Fushi)
  • Vagaru (JW Marriott Maldives Resort & Spa)

Noonu Atoll

  • Fushivelaavaru (Velaa Private Island)
  • Iru Fushi (The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi)
  • Kudafunafaru (Noku Maldives)
  • Medhufaru (Soneva Jani)
  • Kuredhivaru (Mövenpick Resort Kuredhivaru)
  • Randheli (Cheval Blanc Randheli)

Raa Atoll

  • Aarah (Heritance Aarah)
  • Dhigali (Dhigali Maldives)
  • Faarafushi (Faarufushi Maldives)
  • Filaidhoo (Reethi Faru Maldives)
  • Furaveri (Furaveri Island Resort)
  • Huruvalhi (Carpe Diem Beach Resort & Spa)
  • Meedhupparu (Adaaran Select Medhupparu)
  • Uthurumaafaru (You & Me by Cocoon Maldives)

Baa Atoll

  • Dhunikolhu (Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu)
  • Dhigufaruvinagandu (Dhigufaru Island Resort)
  • Finolhas (Amilla Fushi)
  • Fonimagoodhoo (Reethi Beach Resort)
  • Kanifushi (Finolhu)
  • Kunfunadhoo (Soneva Fushi)
  • Landaa Giraavaru (Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru)
  • Milaidhoo (Milaidhoo)
  • Miriandhoo (The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo)
  • Mudhdhoo (Dusit Thani Maldives)
  • Thiladhoo (The Nautilus Maldives)

Lhaviyani Atoll

  • Fushifaru (Fushifaru Maldives)
  • Huruvalhi (Hurawalhi Maldives Resort)
  • Innahura (Innahura Maldives Resort)
  • Kanifushi (Atmosphere Kanifushi)
  • Kanuhura (Kanuhura)
  • Komandoo (Komandoo Maldives Island Resort)
  • Kudadhoo (Kudadhoo Maldives Private Island)
  • Kuredhdhoo (Kuredu Resort)
  • Madhiriguraidhoo (Palm Beach Resort and Spa Maldives)
  • Ookolhufinolhu (Cocoon Maldives)

Kaafu Atoll

  • Biyadhoo (Biyadhoo Island Resort)
  • Bolifushi (Jumeirah Vittaveli)
  • Helengeli (Helengeli Island Resort)
  • Kuda Huraa (Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa)
  • Medhufinolhu (One & Only Reethi Rah)
  • Meerufenfushi (Meeru Island Resort and Spa)
  • Olhahali (LUX* North Male' Atoll)
  • Ziyaaraifushi (Summer Island Village)
TMA floatplane to the north of Bathala island

Alif Alif Atoll

  • Ellaidhoo (Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo)
  • Fesdu (W Retreat and Spa - Maldives)
  • Gangehi (Gangehi Island Resort)
  • Halaveli (Constance Halaveli)
  • Kandholhudhoo (Kandholhu Island)
  • Kudafolhudhoo (Nika Island Resort)
  • Kuramathi (Kuramathi Island Resort)
  • Maayafushi (VOI Maayafushi Resort)
  • Velidhoo (Velidhu Island Resort)
  • Veligandu (Veligandu Island Resort and Spa)

Alif Dhaalu Atoll

  • Athuruga (Diamonds Athuruga)
  • Dhidhdhoofinolhu (LUX* South Ari Atoll)
  • Huvahendhoo (Lily Beach Resort and Spa)
  • Kudarah (Amaya Resort Kudarah)
  • Maafushivaru (Maafushivaru)
  • Machchafushi (Centara Grand Island Resort and Spa Maldives)
  • Mirihi (Mirihi Island Resort)
  • Moofushi (Constance Moofushi)
  • Rangalifinolhu (Conrad Maldives Rangali Island)
  • Theluveligaa (Drift Thelu Veliga by Castaway)
  • Thudufushi (Diamonds Thudufushi)
  • Vakarufalhi (Vakarufalhi Island Resort)
  • Vilamendhoo (Vilamendhoo Island Resort and Spa)

Vaavu Atoll

  • Alimatha (Alimatha Aquatic Resort)
  • Dhiggiri (VOI Dhiggiri Resort)

Meemu Atoll

  • Medhufushi (Medhufushi Island Resort)

Faafu Atoll

  • Filitheyo (Filitheyo Island Resort)

Dhaalu Atoll

  • Aluvifushi (Sun Aqua Iru Veli)
  • Dhoores (aaaVeee Nature's Paradise Maldives)
  • Meedhuffushi (Sun Aqua Vilu Reef)
  • Velavaru (Angsana Velavaru Resort)
  • Vommuli (St. Regis Vommuli)


Services provided by the company includes:[10]

  • Scenic flights
  • Resort transfers
  • Picnic flights
  • Aircraft charter
  • Domestic air services


The Trans Maldivian Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of March 2019):[11]

Incidents and accidents

As Trans Maldivian Airways[12]


  1. ^ "Contact." Trans Maldivian Airways. Retrieved on April 21, 2015. "TRANS MALDIVIAN AIRWAYS (Pvt) Ltd. Ibrahim Nasir International Airport P.O. Box 2079 Male' Republic of Maldives"
  2. ^ a b "Blackstone Press Release". Blackstone Announces Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways. 3 February 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ Saeed, Ahmed (7 October 2006). "TMA to acquire three 46-seat aircraft to fly to internal airports of Maldives. (Dhivehi)". Haveeru Online (in Divehi). Haveeru Daily. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ ? ? ?. Haveeru Online (in Divehi). Haveeru Online. 21 July 2007. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "TMA to sell two aircraft used for domestic aircraft. (Dhivehi)". Haveeru Online (in Divehi). 3 March 2009. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Blackstone buys majority stake in two Maldives seaplane operators". Haveeru Online. 4 February 2013.
  7. ^ "US private equity fund buys both Maldivian seaplane operators for undisclosed sum". Minivan News. Minivan News. 4 February 2014.
  8. ^ Capital, Bain. "Bain Capital Private Equity-led consortium acquires Trans Maldivian Airways". Bain Capital. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Resorts". 2013. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ Archived June 25, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "TMA in brief -". 2013-10-27. Retrieved .
  12. ^ C.A.D Aircraft Accident History
  13. ^ "Investigation Report of the Accident to DeHavilland DHC-6 "TwinOtter" (8Q-TMA) on 19 February 2001 at Sun Island Resort" (Archive). Civil Aviation Department, Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. Retrieved on April 21, 2015.
  14. ^ "ACCIDENT REPORT ON 8Q-TMC (TWIN OTTER) COLLISION WITH SEAWALL At Male' International Airport On 17th of May 2004" (Archive). Accident Investigation Coordinating Committee. Retrieved on April 21, 2015.
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