Singapore Airlines has commenced flights between Maldives and Singapore with its Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft.
The first flight landed at the Velana International Airport last night and was welcomed with a water salute and activities in the VIP lounge. The Dreamliner aircraft is designed to be spacious and comfortable for long journeys and Singapore Airlines was the first airline to utilize the aircraft.
The Manager for Singapore Airlines in Maldives Ahmed Zuhury stated that night flights between Maldives and Singapore will be made from now on with the SQ452 and SQ451 Dreamliner aircraft.
The aircraft has 337 seats and 36 of these seats are designed for the Business class with301 seats designated for 301 Economy class. MACL Acting Managing Director Moosa Solih stated that the 36-year old operations by Singapore Airlines in the Maldives which has played a huge role in the Maldivian tourism industry.
"European tourists first started traveling to the Maldives with Singapore Airlines. The role that the airline plays in the tourism industry is huge," said Moosa.
Managing Director of MMPRC Thoyyib Mohamed who also spoke at the ceremony last night stated that the results of the numerous activities that the country conducts with Singapore airlines were beginning to come to light.
"Singapore Airlines has a huge role in six big markets for the Maldives. They are China, Japan, Australia, USA, Korea, and Singapore," said Thoyyib.