Singapore Airlines launches Dreamliner services to Maldives
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Male : Singapore Airlines (SIA) has officially started Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner services to Maldives.
These newly launched services were made possible by the Open Skies Agreement (OSA) signed between Singapore and Maldives on July 1 to further expand the connectivity between the two countries.
The agreement was signed by Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of Maldives on the sidelines of a state visit to Singapore.
"The agreement underscores the strong bilateral ties between Singapore and Maldives and will enable greater movement of people and goods between the two countries to benefit both our economies," said Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport, Singapore.
As per the agreement, Maldives and Singapore can operate as many passenger flights or cargo services between the two countries and also to a third country, using fifth freedom rights.
Although Singapore has been operating direct services between the island nation since 1984, this is the first time that flights are operating under an OSA utilising a Boeing Dreamliner.
The aircraft is considered to be one of the world's prominent, for its luxury, efficiency and exceptional environment performance.
The 30 seats in Business Class of the aircraft feature fully flat-beds as well as the option to order a meal as per choice before boarding the flight. Additionally, the economy class is equipped with all the facilities provided by a full-service carrier, including baggage storage, entertainment options and meals.
The daily direct Dreamliner aircraft will follow a new route with a flight duration of four and a half hours and will fly directly from Singapore International Airport to Velana International Airport (VIA).
Singapore currently operates three Airlines to the Maldives including their budget airlines Silk Air and FlyScoot in addition to their flag carrier, Singapore Airlines.