Manta Air in the Maldives plans to add four De Havilland Aircraft of Canada 300 Series Twin Otter aircraft to its fleet by year-end to further expand its seaplane operations.

According to, Manta Air has four Twin Otter aircraft pending delivery:

Local Registration Manufacture Serial Number (MSN) Year manufactured
8Q-RAM 767 1981
8Q-RAN 620 1979
8Q-RAO 320 1972
8Q-unknown 516 1977


A Manta Air official told local newspaper Avas on 3 July that the airline is expecting two De Havilland Aircraft of Canada 300 Series Twin Otter aircraft from Canada later this month.

According to, both Twin Otters currently have US registrations and are registered to companies in Florida, USA.

Manta Air’s operations are being expanded to provide quality services to meet demand, which means further seaplanes will be added later this year, the official says.

Smart Aviation Asia Pacific previously reported on 23 May that luxury resort operator, Soneva Holdings, has dry leased a Twin Otter, MSN 516, to be operated by Manta Air starting in August.

It has yet to be reported whether the other three Twin Otters are leased or purchased. Manta Air’s current fleet of 11 Twin Otters are leased, says

Manta Air also has three ATR 72-600 aircraft leased from Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC), according to


Picture Source: Manta Air

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