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Etihad Airways To Begin Services To Maldives  
User currently offlineojas From India, joined Mar 2008, 2989 posts, RR: 25
Posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 5884 times:

Effective November 1, Etihad Airways till commence daily flights to Maldives with an A320.

http://www.arabianaerospace.aero/art...ium=organic&utm_campaign=news_feed

EY 278 AUH - MLE 0915 1430 4hrs 15mins
EY 279 MLE - AUH 2040 0005+1 4hrs 25mins

Aircraft: A320

QR and EK both have double daily flights to MLE whereas WY have 5 weekly services.

[Edited 2011-03-21 06:15:48]


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User currently offlineklwright69 From Saudi Arabia, joined Jan 2000, 2100 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 5842 times:

Good news... Now EY should add the Seychelles, and Mauritius.

User currently offlineAT From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 1052 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5770 times:

What type of traffic does the Maldives receive?
How much is local population, versus business, versus tourist travel?

Does Emirates use 3-class or 2-class aircraft on the route? On the one hand, it's a leisure destination, but it's also a very high end destination.


User currently offlinebehramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 4851 posts, RR: 44
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 5702 times:

this aircraft is sitting on the ground in MLE for 6 hours...oh boy...thats a crappy utilization rate for this particular A 320.

from the schedule, one can make out that EY is primarily targeting EU bound pax.


User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1644 posts, RR: 20
Reply 4, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5671 times:

Will Etihad crew overnight in MLE or turn back around to AUH?

Quoting AT (Reply 2):
Does Emirates use 3-class or 2-class aircraft on the route?

EQV but most times its 3 class. The EK 658/659 rotation is operated by a two cabin aircraft most days of the week but on certain days (1-2 days a week? I forget...) its a three cabin aircraft. EK 652/653 is a three cabin aircraft and is the rotation that continues on to Colombo.



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User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5120 times:

Quoting AT (Reply 2):
How much is local population, versus business, versus tourist travel

Local native population is about 200K natives and 100K expats.... however most travellers are leisure travellers.

I was in MLE last weekend and on both my flights (EK) the cabin was full of Brits and Russians. While queing at immigration on arrival a UL flight arrived and another load of Brits came thru with some Indian honeymooners.... However most of the pax in my resort were Russians (the resort had instructions in English and Russian)....

While departing MLE departure lounge wa full of Chienese waiting to board an SQ777........

Also it was interesting when we landed in MLE, the lineup was EK 77W, QR320 and WY330.... who cud say we were in the Indian Ocean..........


User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4994 times:

EY at present codeshares with UL ex CMB to MLE. Not sure whether they codeshare for all 30-something UL weekly MLE flights or just a few. MLE is an exotic place for spotting, Russian charters and Euro charters make the most traffic. I suppose Transaero still flies their 747s in. Even SQ flies 10x weekly.


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User currently offlineGBRandSYCguy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4873 times:

I've always wondered why does the Maldives attracts more tourists / Airlines than say the Seychelles or Mauritius. I suppose because the Maldives do not have a national airline other international airlines take advantage of that. But to be honest the Maldives are very pretty but extremely boring islands, they are all very tiny with one hotel on each, your day is spent just lying about on a beach and in your hotel, you need a boat for any kind of travel and each island one is the same as the other. The capital island has nothing impressive except for a well kept mosque which is hardly a point of interest. Most people I know who's been there has said they were bored out of their mind by the third day or so. Whereas the Seychelles and Mauritius offers much bigger islands with plenty to do land base or beach / sea wise, lots of choices, a range of different attractions and much more culture. So on that note I cannot understand why EY has never started the Seychelles despite announcing that it would 2 years ago and QR has not yet considered Mauritius.

User currently offlinesq_ek_freak From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2000, 1644 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4694 times:

Quoting GBRandSYCguy (Reply 7):
I've always wondered why does the Maldives attracts more tourists / Airlines than say the Seychelles or Mauritius. I suppose because the Maldives do not have a national airline other international airlines take advantage of that. But to be honest the Maldives are very pretty but extremely boring islands, they are all very tiny with one hotel on each, your day is spent just lying about on a beach and in your hotel, you need a boat for any kind of travel and each island one is the same as the other. The capital island has nothing impressive except for a well kept mosque which is hardly a point of interest. Most people I know who's been there has said they were bored out of their mind by the third day or so. Whereas the Seychelles and Mauritius offers much bigger islands with plenty to do land base or beach / sea wise, lots of choices, a range of different attractions and much more culture. So on that note I cannot understand why EY has never started the Seychelles despite announcing that it would 2 years ago and QR has not yet considered Mauritius.

The Seychelles are nice but extremely expensive!! The Maldives are beautiful and I agree, are ideal for honeymooners or beach lazers (like I sometimes am) - so they have their charm. I think the beaches in the Maldives are amongst the most beautiful I have ever seen. I agree that Male is a crowded congested mess. Mauritius is my favorite of the bunch, there's just so much to do and the beaches are amazing as well - and Mauritian food is simply an amazing electic mix of cultures. Oh god I get hungry just thinking about it!!



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User currently offlineeuropean742 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2010, 114 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4650 times:

I must say having been to the Maldives, the beauty took my breath away as we arrived, the people were warm and couldnt do enough for you and the food was amazing. Its somewhere my partner always wanted to go and I thought while it looks lovely in pictures I thought I would be bored, so wrong! there were plenty of activities and I had the most amazing trip and want to go back, I can see why it is popular and I believe theres alot of repeat business, we spoke to 2 couples and this was like their 5th visit. I think EY just started the route to compete with EK and QR offering more choice via AUH. I remember when I landed there, there was EK 773, EDW 330, MON 330, BA 772, I9 763, GJ 330, UL 343, I was on a TOM 763 and we had to wait on the runway for the EK 773 to push as there were no spaces!

User currently offlineGBRandSYCguy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 9 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4538 times:

Cultural wise, these three island countries are very different to each other desite their proximity. The Maldives are muslims with a lot of arabic influence, the Seychelles are Roman Catholics with more European / French influence and the most culturally mixed of the three ethnicity wise, Mauritius are mainly Hindus with a majority of Indians / Asians backgrounds. More to the point it's true that the Maldives is the most affordable of the lot, thus gets more flights and visitors. Shame they don't have a national airline but the Middle East is ideally located for connections so I can see why is EY going in.

User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4282 times:

Quoting GBRandSYCguy (Reply 7):
I've always wondered why does the Maldives attracts more tourists / Airlines than say the Seychelles or Mauritius. I suppose because the Maldives do not have a national airline other international airlines take advantage of that. But to be honest the Maldives are very pretty but extremely boring islands, they are all very tiny with one hotel on each, your day is spent just lying about on a beach and in your hotel, you need a boat for any kind of travel and each island one is the same as the other. The capital island has nothing impressive except for a well kept mosque which is hardly a point of interest. Most people I know who's been there has said they were bored out of their mind by the third day or so. Whereas the Seychelles and Mauritius offers much bigger islands with plenty to do land base or beach / sea wise, lots of choices, a range of different attractions and much more culture. So on that note I cannot understand why EY has never started the Seychelles despite announcing that it would 2 years ago and QR has not yet considered Mauritius.

That's why you should visit Sri Lanka - from beaches to hill sides to wild life and ancient wonders, everything in one country.   



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User currently offlineAirIndia From United Arab Emirates, joined Jan 2001, 1655 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4151 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Reply 11):
That's why you should visit Sri Lanka - from beaches to hill sides to wild life and ancient wonders, everything in one country.

I wanted to but opted out due to the ongoing world cup..... but its next on my agenda..... esp CMB, Kandy and Galle....

Sri Lankans are nice humble people..... i interact with a lot many based here in UAE and also sampled first hand their hospitality as most staff in Maldives is from Sri Lanka...... *****


User currently offlineGBRandSYCguy From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 9 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4102 times:

Quoting KFlyer (Reply 11):
That's why you should visit Sri Lanka - from beaches to hill sides to wild life and ancient wonders, everything in one country.

Never considered Sri Lanka but i have met a few Sri Lankans....they were nice enough people. Wildlife as in Tigers, Snakes and other wild animals would rather put me off, wildlife as in nature reserves, endemic plants, mountain retreats and tropical rainforest free of wild animals will be a plus. But then again done the Seychelles and Mauritius and they offer all that minus the ancient wonders, can't say the same about the Maldives though still very much a 'nothing but a beach' holiday, sometime you feel trapped in on the small islands and if the weather turns and the sea gets rough you might as well be trapped in for days, so Maldives don't do it for me i'm afraid. There are many similar small islands in the Seychelles where you can get a flight / helicopter to for a day trip from the bigger but still very beautiful islands. I'm sure Sri Lanka is very nice as their airline is still flying passengers to and from there, although many do transit there for the Maldives i believe.


User currently offlineKFlyer From Sri Lanka, joined Mar 2007, 1231 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3871 times:

Quoting GBRandSYCguy (Reply 13):
Never considered Sri Lanka but i have met a few Sri Lankans....they were nice enough people. Wildlife as in Tigers, Snakes and other wild animals would rather put me off, wildlife as in nature reserves, endemic plants, mountain retreats and tropical rainforest free of wild animals will be a plus. But then again done the Seychelles and Mauritius and they offer all that minus the ancient wonders, can't say the same about the Maldives though still very much a 'nothing but a beach' holiday, sometime you feel trapped in on the small islands and if the weather turns and the sea gets rough you might as well be trapped in for days, so Maldives don't do it for me i'm afraid. There are many similar small islands in the Seychelles where you can get a flight / helicopter to for a day trip from the bigger but still very beautiful islands.

Sri Lanka has everything from leopards to snakes to elephants. And waterfalls. There are very many different weather zones within this little island.

Quoting GBRandSYCguy (Reply 13):
I'm sure Sri Lanka is very nice as their airline is still flying passengers to and from there, although many do transit there for the Maldives i believe.

Tourist arrivals have increased almost 200% YoY. I believe it is going very well as UL is already adding the second frame for domestic services. However, most pax transit to elsewhere. UL has a lot of transit traffic at CMB as a hub. Specially connecting South India to ME and Southeast Asia. ;-P



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