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Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:00 am

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I > Background:
As many know, I was based in Bangkok for a project at the end of 2011. During that time, the one country I had never been to was Maldives. Having a free weekend allowed me to change this, as I was able to go on a reasonably priced and timed flight on Sri Lankan via CMB. Since UL has been covered several times (including by myself), I will leave it out of the report.

Now, I could have taken that same UL option back - - but that, would be plain boring. So instead, I decided to investigate other “random” options and noticed that the flag carrier Maldivian Airlines (Q2) operates a sole international link to the south Indian city of Trivandrum (TRV). From there, I could easily take a cheap AI flight on TRV/BOM/BKK.

Whenever I find these “random” routes, I am usually happy - - and this was no exception. So, here is the first report on A.Net on Maldivian Airlines’ sole international link between MLE and TRV.

II > Pre-Flight:

a) Before Airport:
Maldivian is the national airline of the Maldives, and operates a sole international flights in addition to inter-island services from its main base at Ibrahim Nasir International Airport. The airline began operations with two aircraft; a Bombardier Dash 8 Q200 and a Dornier 228. It now has a fleet of 5 Q200/Q300 to operate all the various inter-island operations.

For a small airline, Maldivian maintains an excellent website at http://www.maldivian.aero/. Booking was easily done and within minutes I had my PDF e-ticket in my e-inbox. The site allowed viewing of my itinerary, but no seat selection or advanced function as flight change, etc. That is all good though for an airline with one international flight.



b) At Airport:
Malé airport is like no other – while it has all the open charm of befitting an island nation, the presence of a huge water taxi operation gives it a level of uniqueness not found elsewhere. Boarding for some long-haul flights were in full swing and the line for the XL Airways flight to Paris was especially long. Thankfully, the line for my flight was rather short and I was quickly attended by an agent without much delay. The agent was very polite and was “shockingly” surprised by me. It is not everyday that someone with a Venezuelan passport flies this route – and of course she wanted to know about the Miss Venezuela pageants. Haha. Anyways, she politely got me my boarding pass and off I went to a fast security check and an immigration clearance.

Unlike the “big carriers”, Maldivian used a hidden gate and off I went there to the boarding space. As I reached the boarding gate, I had become a celebrity. Everyone stared at me as I was definitely a novelty for the passengers. Here I was, in a touristy island, and taking possibly the only international flight without white people. Haha. It actually felt quite good, and I got a chance to speak with many of the passengers flying the route. I also got into a conversation with the gate agent and got a fascinating insight into the passenger demographics. So, the load today was 90% with more than 90% of them being Maldivians. Most were headed to India for medical tourism or for shopping or for a job or for education. Most were rather familiar with the route and it seems that this flight serves as a bridge to the better facilities present in India.

Anyways, boarding was called 20 minutes before, and we walked to the Q300 that was basking in the Maldivian sun. Upon entering, I was greeted by the sole cabin crew member who also helped those who needed help with baggage, etc.

Airport - External:

(Malé Airport)

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Check-in:

(Q2 Check-In; note the huge line for XL)


Airport - Internal:

(Pre Security)


(Open Area)


(FIDS)

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(Post Security @ MLE)

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Scenes of the tarmac:

NONE



Lounge

NONE



Boarding:


(Gate Area)

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(Rather odd?)


(Boarding: YAY – return of the “ILBST” in the sub-Continent where it originated …)


III> In-Flight:

a) Service Schedule + Impressions:
After take-off, this flight had probably more service items than any turbo-prop operation I had encountered:
+ Newspapers were distributed
+ Wide selection of magazines were then brought about
+ Beverage service
+ Snack service
+ Forms for customer feedback were then distributed

b) Aircraft + Seats:
Air Asia’s 320 are as generic as they come, with this aircraft being no different. This particular aircraft was well kept and AK’s bright red colors meant it was never lost in the crowd. Inside the AK 320, we find relatively comfortable black faux leather seats – very reminiscent of Virgin America. While not the uber slim-line Recaro that Lufthansa made both uncomfortable and famous, the seats are on the slimmer side and equipped with padding less than one would find in aircraft one generation older. Surprisingly, recline was generous for a LCC with rather decent pitch in the “Hot Seats” that row 1 constituted. Further back, the seat pitch was extremely tight.

The bathroom left much to be desired – it could do with a thorough cleaning and it would not hurt if the crew checked on the amenities once in a while …

The Q300 that I took looked really good in Maldivian colors. However, internally, comfort levels are not as bright. This has nothing to do with Q2, but rather, the Q300 cabin which inherently feels cramped. I found it a lot worse than a comparable ATR-42 for example. While the aircraft (and, the bathroom) was kept clean enough, it definitely showed its age.

Legroom was rather cramped and again I felt that it was much worse than a typical comparable ATR. There was hardly any noticeable recline to go with the seat making the entire flight seem a lot longer than it really was.

Aircraft:
(@ MLE)

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(@TRV – notice the umbrellas I talk about later)


Views from Aircraft:

(XL)


(Goodbye Maldives)


(Stunning Island scenery)

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*

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General Seat Views + Seat Legroom

(Legroom)


Seat Recline + Angle View:

(Recline)
NONE

(Angle view: Tight space)


Cabin:


*


(Bathroom)


c) Meal + Beverage:
For a short flight on a turbo-prop, I was not expecting much. So it came as a pleasant surprise when the meal service consisted of decent enough tray with a chicken sandwich and a chocolate bar. This was all washed down by a very weak tea (surprised they had Equal). Finally, there was some kind of nut which is apparently a Maldivian specialty. Any ideas what it is? Prior to landing, there was a water run and some mints were distributed.

Overall, I was left rather impressed as I did not expect such service on board this tiny airline.

(Snacks on offer)


(Candy)


d) Inflight Entertainment:
Maldivian had no in-flight magazine – and this being a Q300, no other IFE. I was however impressed by the generous amount of newspapers and magazines the airline carried on board. Strangely, all the magazines and newspapers were Indian with nothing from Maldivian.

(“In-flight magazines”, Boarding Passes, etc.: Just look at all the stuff I got from them)


e) Crew:
In-flight service was provided by a sole male crew member. He was a pleasant chap and smiled during the entire duration of the flight. During boarding, the guy helped some with baggage storage, and the entire service was carried promptly and with dignity amidst a very confined space. I am sure he would do well when given a better service delivery challenge. Now seeing my picture taking, he asked if I was into aviation and I answered “YES”. He then said he wished he had the usual souvenir to give out. I asked what they were, and he said, “cards”. Oh well.

IV> Post-Flight:
TRV was raining when we landed, and in continuing with the small touches of this airline, several ground staff were present to cover the 20 second walk to the waiting bus with umbrellas. I thought it was a really nice touch. Immigration in Trivandrum was a breeze – though, the official was a little confused to what exactly I was doing and in true Indian cultural form asked me a lot of friendly questions which had nothing to do with immigration itself. He was so perplexed by me that he even offered me tea during the “interrogation”. That was a first for sure!

The best and surprising part of the journey happened much after the flight. The crew member had given me an email address and asked me to write to them to send me a deck of cards. I didn’t think much of it, but had dropped a quick note. After 2 months, imagine my shock when a parcel reached all the way from Maldives to Venezuela with the promised deck of cards (one of the best ones I have from an airline) coupled with several postcards and other random stuff! I was really impressed and pleasantly surprised at the great length of customer service this airline had gone to.

(Customer Feedback Forms)


V> Impressions + Scores:
There is no doubt about it, Maldivian is a gem of a small airline. Being a Q300, there is no expectation of fancy IFE or great seats or meal service. Within the small space it had to showcase itself, it was stellar and upstaged many well-known brands. Above average marks for their website, check-in staff, on-board staff, snacks, post-boarding, magazines/etc. make Maldivian a joy to fly with. The cards and postcards sent in the mail showed how this small airline actually cared about her passenger.

If Maldivian is offered on a route I am flying, I’d pay a premium to fly it. Two thumps up!



VI> Other Trip Reports:

PREMIUM:
9.27: JET AIRWAYS **FIRST** (110): LHR-BOM: 10/2010
9.27: THAI AIRWAYS **FIRST** (108): BKK-LHR: 07/2010
9.00: All Nippon: ANA (133): NRT-FUK-BOM: 12/2011

8.66: Brussels Airlines (93): FIH-BRU: 01/2010
8.64: Turkish Airlines (59): JFK-IST: 11/2008
8.63: Jet Airways (88): JFK-BRU: 10/2009
8.61: Air Canada (49): YYZ-SCL: 06/2008
8.54: Turkish Airlines (77): GRU-DKR-IST: 04/2009
8.36: Kingfisher (98): BOM-HKG: 01/2010
8.30: Jet Airways (74): KWI-BOM: 04/2009
8.23: United Airlines (72): SFO-SYD: 03/2009
8.11: Aeroflot (33): MOW-DEL: 09/2007
8.05: Air India (80): CCU-JFK: 06/2009
8.04: Korean Air (40): NRT-ICN: 10/2007
8.02: Delta Airlines (24): JFK-CDG: 08/2007
7.82: UNITED AIRLINES **FIRST** (110): SFO-ICN: 10/2010
7.82: Singapore Airlines (06): EWR-SIN: 09/2006
7.66: Sri Lankan (104): DEL-CMB: 07/2010
7.64: Royal Jordanian (91): AMM-YUL: 12/2009
7.61: China Southern (103): LOS-DXB: 04/2010
7.57: Pakistan Airlines (102): ORD-BCN: 06/2010
7.55: Air Canada (132): YEG-LHR: 06/2011
7.46: LAN (55): YYZ-JFK: 09/2008
7.38: AMERICAN AIRLINES **FIRST** (112): LHR-JFK: 10/2010
7.38: CATHAY PACIFIC **FIRST** (109): HKG-LHR: 10/2010
7.36: Turkish Airlines (134): IST-LAX: 10/2011
7.25: Iran Air (88): BOM-IKA: 12/2009
7.23: Air Pacific (120): NAN-APW-HNL: 01/2011
7.23: Virgin Atlantic (81): BOS-LHR: 07/2009
7.14: Swiss (52): SCL-GRU: 06/2008
7.11: Aer Lingus (105): MAD-IAD: 05/2010
7.11: Austrian (79): VIE-JFK: 06/2009
7.07: Privatair (84): BOM-FRA: 08/2009
7.02: Qatar (68): DOH-JFK: 01/2009
6.96: Etihad (61): JFK-AUH: 12/2008
6.93: Delta Airlines (18): SEA-JFK: 11/2006
6.88: Egypt Air (123): LHR-CAI: 03/2011
6.84: ConViasa (65): CCS-DAM: 01/2009
6.82: Air Burkina (106): BKO-OUA: 06/2010
6.81: Air Canada (17): ICN-YYZ: 10/2006
6.75: Afriqiyah + Libyan (113): CAI-TIP: 11/2010
6.70: KLM (32): EBB-AMS: 08/2007
6.52: Emirates (99): LHR-DXB: 02/2010
6.39: South African (97): EZE-JNB: 01/2010
6.36: Privatair (60): MUC-BOS: 12/2008
6.29: TAM Brasil (96): POA-EZE: 02/2010
6.25: Korean Air (45): NAN-ICN: 10/2007
6.21: Iberia (87): BOS-MAD: 10/2009
6.11: A SKY (107): OUA-COO: 06/2010
6.11: TAP Portugal (53): GRU-OPO: 06/2008
6.00: Gulf Air (75): BOM-BAH: 04/2009
5.88: African Express (89): DXB-NBO: 11/2009
5.75: Singapore Airlines (16): CCU-SIN: 10/2006
5.64: SATA Azores (101): BOS-PDL: 04/2010
5.64: NorthWest (46): ICN-NRT-SEA: 10/2007
5.54: Ethiopian Airlines (95): ADD-BOM: 01/2010
5.46: Icelandair (83): KEF-BOS: 08/2009
5.39: LOT (54): WAW-JFK: 06/2008
5.21: Egypt Air (73): CAI-IST: 02/2009
5.11: Tunisair (115): TUN-ORY: 12/2010
5.07: TACA (66): JFK-SAP: 01/2009
4.89: TAAG Angola (117): TMS-LAD: 12/2010
4.42: Air France: CDG-JNB (25): 08/2007

ECONOMY: Long + Medium:
9.26: Air India (48): JFK-DEL: 02/2008
9.04: First Air (129): YEG-YFB: 06/2011
8.74: Japan Air Lines (130): NRT-BOS: 04/2012 – INAUGURAL
7.99: WestJet (131): YYZ-YYC: 06/2011
7.38: Avianca (01): BOG-LIM: 07/2006
7.07: Sri Lankan (62): KWI-CMB: 12/2008
7.00: LAN (94): IPC-SCL: 01/2010
6.81: STP Airways/Euro Atlantic (116): LIS-TMS: 12/2010
6.74: Air Asia (136): VTE-KUL: 12/2011
6.67: Air Malta (124): MLA-FRA: 04/2011
6.63: Vladavia (126): KHV-PEK: 06/2011
6.41: Air North (127): YEV-YEG: 06/2011
6.41: Avianca (78): JFK-BOG: 05/2009
6.41: American Airlines (58): LHR-BOS: 11/2008
6.39: Condor (85): SEZ-FRA: 09/2009
6.26: Jet Blue (21): CUN-JFK: 02/2007
6.11: Caribbean Airlines (119): POS-FLL: 01/2011
6.06: Air Canada (04): YYZ-YVR: 09/2006
5.89: USA 3000 (19): PUJ-BDL: 01/2007
5.85: Spanair (69): MAD-LPA: 02/2009
5.80: Canadian North (128): YEV-YVQ-YZF-YEG: 06/2011
5.79: Air New Zealand (42): RAR-NAN: 10/2007
5.52: Aerolineas (86): USH-AEP: 10/2009
5.46: TAP Air Portugal (23): OSL-LIS: 05/2007
5.19: Air Europa (70): LPA-MAD: 02/2009
5.16: Iberia (71): MAD-BOS: 02/2009
5.11: Air China (82): FRA-PEK: 08/2009
4.59: IR Aero (125): IKT-VVO: 06/2011

ECONOMY: Short
8.56: Paramount Airways (38): BLR-MAA: 09/2007
8.56: Kingfisher (64): HYD-CCU: 12/2008
8.24: Kingfisher (14): IXA-GAU: 10/2006
7.87: Indian (34): BOM-MAA: 09/2007
7.72: Alliance Air (13): CCU-IXA: 10/2006
7.57: Indian Airlines (10): DEL-CCU: 09/2006
7.23: West Jet (03): YYC-YVR: 09/2006
7.15: JetLite (37): BOM-GOI: 09/2007
6.98: Air Koryo (100): PEK-FNJ: 04/2010
6.96: Maldivian (137): 12/2011
6.96: Lao Airlines (135): VTE-KUL: 12/2011
6.70: Spice Jet (09): CCU-DEL: 09/2006
6.63: Air Fiji (44): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.63: Jazeera (67): DAM-KWI: 01/2009
6.58: Air Tran (02): EWR-MDW: 08/2006
6.48: Air India Express (63): CMB-MAA: 12/2008
6.44: CO Micronesia (39): ROR-YAP: 10/2007
6.41: Pacific Sun (43): NAN-SUV: 10/2007
6.37: Skybus (47): SWF-CMH: 02/2008
6.33: Kenya Airways (29): NBO-BJM: 08/2007
6.33: Sky Europe (56): LTN-BTS: 10/2008
6.31: Indigo (15): GAU-CCU: 10/2006
6.31: easyJet (57): BUD-LTN: 11/2008
6.22: Air Link Swazi (28): MTS-JNB: 08/2007
6.22: Air India (36): HYD-BOM: 09/2007
6.13: Adam Air (07): SIN-CGK: 09/2006
6.13: Air Rarotonga (41): RAR-AIT: 10/2007
6.04: Suriname Airways (118): PBM-POS: 01/2011
6.00: Transairways (27): INH-MPM: 08/2007
5.95: Air Canada (05): ALB-YYZ: 09/2006
5.85: SAS Norge (22): OSL-AES: 05/2007
5.81: LAM Mozambique (26): JNB-MPM: 08/2007
5.69: Air Deccan (12): IXZ-CCU: 10/2006
5.67: Rwanda Air Exp (30): KGL-NBO: 08/2007
5.52: Sevenair (114): TOE-TUN: 11/2010
5.37: Felix Airways (92): SCT-SAH: 12/2009
5.11: Aero Republica (76): BOG-CCS: 04/2009
5.07: Go Air (35): MAA-HYD: 09/2007
5.04: Biman (121): DAC-CGP: 01/2011
5.00: Sky Airline (51): IQQ-SCL: 06/2008
4.96: United Bangla (122): CGP-DAC: 01/2011
4.96: Valuair (08): CGK-SIN: 09/2006
4.78: Air Comet Chile (50): SCL-IQQ: 06/2008
4.74: Fly 540 (31): MYD-LAU: 08/2007
4.33: Viva Aerobus (20): ELP-MTY: 02/2007
4.11: Air Sahara (11): CCU-BOM: 09/2006

(Note on Codes: Y – Economy, J – Business, F – First :: I/D – International/Domestic :: SR/MR/LR – Short/Medium/Long Haul)
(Note on Date: Dates are modified to be +/- 3 days from actual flight date to not reveal actual flight pattern)

VII> Other Pictures:

(Usually pictures of Maldives are like this …)


(But the island has so much to offer … especially when one escapes to places no foreigner goes to. Like, Hulhumale – the new capital and its grand new mosque)


(And all the new housing where Maldivians are supposed to relocate to)


* Unbiased view on how an actual traveler may view the flight
* Not a professional photographer (so please keep in mind)
* Commitment that I won’t identify myself to the airline as “reviewing them”
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:11 am

Hello Alex

Great report, thanks for sharing!
Q2 seems to be a nice little airline, decent service for such a short flight.
MLE airport looks amazing as well, I really enjoyed the scenery pics.

Greetings
Marc
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:33 am

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
b) Aircraft + Seats:
Air Asia’s 320 are as generic as they come, with this aircraft being no different.

A small little error?

Well, as always an OUTSTANDING TR, about an "exotic" airline. Unfortunately, only a side trip...
Maybe next time you will find more time to explore http://www.flyme.mv/ on a side trip to Gan!
 
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:00 am

Thanks for an interesting trip report!

I honestly have no idea about the existence of this particular airline... Maldivian looks like an interesting regional airline and the snack is somewhat unexpected these days.

Customer service seems to be a big focus...

Thanks,
Carfield
 
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Fri Aug 31, 2012 8:06 am

Hi Alex

Very nice - thanks for an insight into this carrier, whom I had heard or read very little of. I am a big Dash 8 fan as you probably know, so seeing the Dash feature in your report was an added bonus. Service seemed very above average and of a good quality - great follow up too with the cards - these are the things we remember as passengers as much as the flight itself.

Very nice pics throughout too.

Thanks again - Palmjet
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:41 am

Hi Alex !

Thanks for a great report with great pictures on a unknown airline!

Maldavian Airlines looks very nice and seems to really care about their passengers. Very, very nice of the flight attendant to make sure they sent you stuff all the way to Venezuela!

Great also to be offered tea upon arrival in India!

Great pictures from the Malidives! I was there for about 12 h about ten years ago after my AirEurope 777 flight before continuing to Singapore. I had a nice lunch in Male and then went back to the airport.

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:21 am

Interesting report Alex...seems like Maldivian is pretty good

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
this flight serves as a bridge to the better facilities present in India.

Ha, not often you read that sentence!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
b) Aircraft + Seats:
Air Asia’s 320 are as generic as they come, with this aircraft being no different.

Looks like you didn't cut and paste the right bit!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Overall, I was left rather impressed as I did not expect such service on board this tiny airline.

Seems quite good overall. I like the Maldivan tray!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
After 2 months, imagine my shock when a parcel reached all the way from Maldives to Venezuela with the promised deck of cards (one of the best ones I have from an airline) coupled with several postcards and other random stuff!

Excellent customer service, made all the better by getting some very exotic snail mail!
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Sat Sep 01, 2012 2:22 am

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 1):
Hello Alex

Great report, thanks for sharing!
Q2 seems to be a nice little airline, decent service for such a short flight.
MLE airport looks amazing as well, I really enjoyed the scenery pics.

Greetings
Marc

= Marc, thanks for the message. Yes, all in all, a perfect small trip report.

Quoting debonair (Reply 2):
small little error?

= Oops. Sorry about that - it seems that my previous report (Air Asia) still had some stuff left as I was using my template. As some may appreciate, these take time, and I am surprised I don't do it more often. I am getting old after all!

Quoting debonair (Reply 2):
Well, as always an OUTSTANDING TR, about an "exotic" airline. Unfortunately, only a side trip...
Maybe next time you will find more time to explore http://www.flyme.mv/ on a side trip to Gan!

= Thanks mate. Actually, the only reason for going back was to fly that IL-18 of Expo Aviation of Sri Lanka. I have been in touch with them, so let's see ...

Quoting Carfield (Reply 3):
I honestly have no idea about the existence of this particular airline... Maldivian looks like an interesting regional airline and the snack is somewhat unexpected these days.

Customer service seems to be a big focus...

Thanks,
Carfield

= Absolutely. In a world of outsized airlines, it is small ones like this that go unnoticed.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 4):

Hi Alex

Very nice - thanks for an insight into this carrier, whom I had heard or read very little of. I am a big Dash 8 fan as you probably know, so seeing the Dash feature in your report was an added bonus. Service seemed very above average and of a good quality - great follow up too with the cards - these are the things we remember as passengers as much as the flight itself.

Very nice pics throughout too.

Thanks again - Palmjet

= Thanks for the kind words. I knew you'd appreciate this one ... and I have a sneaking feeling you'd like my next one   ...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Maldavian Airlines looks very nice and seems to really care about their passengers. Very, very nice of the flight attendant to make sure they sent you stuff all the way to Venezuela!

= Absolutely. I bet Venezuelan Post does not see many packages from Maldives!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Great also to be offered tea upon arrival in India!

= Yup. Again, a very "only in India" hospitality moment. I used to not like South India ... but increasingly, I think the ONLY place in India I don't like is Madras.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 5):
Great pictures from the Malidives! I was there for about 12 h about ten years ago after my AirEurope 777 flight before continuing to Singapore. I had a nice lunch in Male and then went back to the airport.

= Wow. Super cool! What was the routing? Do you have a TR of it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
Looks like you didn't cut and paste the right bit!

= Yup. Oops.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 6):
Excellent customer service, made all the better by getting some very exotic snail mail!

= Right on.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saludos,
A.
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:46 am

Hi A.

Interesting report on an airlines that, if I'm perfectly honest, I didn't even know existed!

I'm quite surprised by the quality of the service. When I fly a Dash 8 it's usually one of Lufthansa's birds. The best you can hope for with them is one of those happy snack bag of pretzels.

Thanks for posting!

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:24 am

Hi Alex,

very interesting report about this small exotic airline. Btw - did you see any signs of the bird's former operator Wideroe?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The Q300 that I took looked really good in Maldivian colors. However, internally, comfort levels are not as bright. This has nothing to do with Q2, but rather, the Q300 cabin which inherently feels cramped. I found it a lot worse than a comparable ATR-42 for example.

I prefer the ATR, too.


PH
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:02 am

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
Interesting report on an airlines that, if I'm perfectly honest, I didn't even know existed!

= Thanks William. Ya - there are so many of these little airlines we find out on A.Net!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
I'm quite surprised by the quality of the service. When I fly a Dash 8 it's usually one of Lufthansa's birds. The best you can hope for with them is one of those happy snack bag of pretzels.

= Haha. Yes, this is why I thought they were exemplary. In such a short flight within confined space, they were able to be so good.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
very interesting report about this small exotic airline. Btw - did you see any signs of the bird's former operator Wideroe?

= Actually, no. When did they leave Wideroe?

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
I prefer the ATR, too.

= It is funny. I prefer the Q400 to the ATR 72, but the ATR 42 to the Q300 and older.

Thanks for stopping by.

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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:09 pm

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 7):
What was the routing? Do you have a TR of it?

Yes but a long time ago with no pictures..

http://start.airliners.net/aviation-...orums/trip_reports/read.main/23000

I have to read it myself since I haven't read it in ten years.

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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Sat Sep 01, 2012 6:42 pm

Hello there mr. Alex!

Thanks for writing up this little report on a little airline I'd never heard about--certainly I knew someone must be flying in the Maldives, but had no idea who...

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The flag carrier Maldivian Airlines (Q2) operates a sole international link to the south Indian city of Trivandrum (TRV).

I suppose that the Maldives being a small country, this suffices.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Maldivian maintains an excellent website at http://www.maldivian.aero/. Booking was easily done and within minutes I had my PDF e-ticket in my e-inbox.

Wow, looks great--and apparently works pretty well, too. Nice, didn't expect this... although the Subcontinent tends to have IT and/or math geniuses at our school  
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
It is not everyday that someone with a Venezuelan passport flies this route – and of course she wanted to know about the Miss Venezuela pageants.

Hah, at least, not a question like those you sometimes see about your Liechtenstein passport!

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
(Boarding: YAY – return of the “ILBST” in the sub-Continent where it originated …)

I don't know about this--Romanians have queued for half a century during the Communist Era, haha.

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
For a short flight on a turbo-prop, I was not expecting much. So it came as a pleasant surprise when the meal service consisted of decent enough tray with a chicken sandwich and a chocolate bar. This was all washed down by a very weak tea (surprised they had Equal). Finally, there was some kind of nut which is apparently a Maldivian specialty. Any ideas what it is? Prior to landing, there was a water run and some mints were distributed.

Not bad at all. Not that surprising looking at my Moldovan experience. These small airlines like to go above and beyond...

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Now seeing my picture taking, he asked if I was into aviation and I answered “YES”. He then said he wished he had the usual souvenir to give out. I asked what they were, and he said, “cards”. Oh well.

Hm, ok, cards may not be that special, but what happened next is  
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
he official was a little confused to what exactly I was doing and in true Indian cultural form asked me a lot of friendly questions which had nothing to do with immigration itself. He was so perplexed by me that he even offered me tea during the “interrogation”

Hah--indeed a Venezuelan travelling between Maldives and India is a bit strange--did you take him up on his offer of tea?

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
The crew member had given me an email address and asked me to write to them to send me a deck of cards. I didn’t think much of it, but had dropped a quick note. After 2 months, imagine my shock when a parcel reached all the way from Maldives to Venezuela with the promised deck of cards (one of the best ones I have from an airline) coupled with several postcards and other random stuff! I was really impressed and pleasantly surprised at the great length of customer service this airline had gone to.

Very nice touch by Maldivian--excellent customer service, no kidding. Glad it reached you, Alex. And thanks very much for sharing!
 
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Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:23 pm

Hi Alex,

Thanks for the excellent trip report, as always. I really enjoy reading your reports on different airlines. I've flown on the same airlines as a lot of your TRs and I almost always find your reports mirror my experiences too.

The Maldives looks amazing and I hope to visit there next year. Maldivian looks like a nice little airline, if only they flew to more places..

Greetings from sunny Riyadh  

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Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:56 pm

You continue to be the most diverse reporter here. Thanks for yet another objective and brilliant report.
 
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Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:26 pm

Hi Alex,

what a random routing! Excellent! And incredible how far this airline went in customer service regards knowing you were a passenger that would probably not come to fly them often anyway.....

Did you connect right away in TRV or did you had a visa? I am always wondering about transit issues in India on two tickets...

Thanks for sharing
 
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Sun Sep 02, 2012 9:27 pm

Finally you write about a country humans like to go to. Very good report and I think Maldives Airways is very nice.
 
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Sun Sep 02, 2012 11:05 pm

Another terrific report Alex!

A really nice exotic airline ive never heard about. Boy, you really get around dont you? I actually envy you a bit  , i mean i wish i could fly to all these cool places like you do. But i guess im still too young to travel that much especially university and everything. Anyway looking forward to your next report!
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:05 am

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Yes but a long time ago with no pictures..

http://start.airliners.net/aviation-...orums/trip_reports/read.main/23000

I have to read it myself since I haven't read it in ten years.

The777Man

= Oh wow. Reading that was a hoot! Isn't it amazing when you get a chance to re-read something from the past?

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
Thanks for writing up this little report on a little airline I'd never heard about--certainly I knew someone must be flying in the Maldives, but had no idea who...

= Haha. Well, this little airline is apparently growing up with 320's coming in, and an ambitious agenda of connecting to several cities in South Asia.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
Wow, looks great--and apparently works pretty well, too. Nice, didn't expect this... although the Subcontinent tends to have IT and/or math geniuses at our school  

= Agreed. And, Jet Airways has still one of my favorite websites. Now only if their management can change this belief that seat selection is giving it away ...

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
Hah, at least, not a question like those you sometimes see about your Liechtenstein passport!

= Yes. The Liechtenstein passport has made several people question if it was fake ...

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
I don't know about this--Romanians have queued for half a century during the Communist Era, haha.

= LOL.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
he official was a little confused to what exactly I was doing and in true Indian cultural form asked me a lot of friendly questions which had nothing to do with immigration itself. He was so perplexed by me that he even offered me tea during the “interrogation”

Hah--indeed a Venezuelan travelling between Maldives and India is a bit strange--did you take him up on his offer of tea?

= Fair enough. And, I never turn down tea ...

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 12):
Very nice touch by Maldivian--excellent customer service, no kidding. Glad it reached you, Alex. And thanks very much for sharing!

= You're welcome.

Quoting bgm (Reply 13):
Thanks for the excellent trip report, as always. I really enjoy reading your reports on different airlines. I've flown on the same airlines as a lot of your TRs and I almost always find your reports mirror my experiences too.

= You have been slacking off and not writing reports  !

Quoting bgm (Reply 13):
Greetings from sunny Riyadh  

= Is it ever not sunny in RUH  ? Why are you there if I may ask?

Quoting kiramakora (Reply 14):

You continue to be the most diverse reporter here. Thanks for yet another objective and brilliant report.

= Thanks.

Quoting reifel (Reply 15):
Hi Alex,

what a random routing! Excellent! And incredible how far this airline went in customer service regards knowing you were a passenger that would probably not come to fly them often anyway.....

= Yup. To be honest, I really did not expect it.

Quoting reifel (Reply 15):
Did you connect right away in TRV or did you had a visa? I am always wondering about transit issues in India on two tickets...

= I have done a fair bit of business in India and one of the LCC's is a client of mine (post when I wrote a report on them ... hint) ... so I have a 5 year multiple entry visa. Depending on nationality, you can even apparently get one on arrival.

Quoting paris380 (Reply 16):

Finally you write about a country humans like to go to. Very good report and I think Maldives Airways is very nice.

= I don't know how to react ...

Quoting 817Dreamliiner (Reply 17):
Another terrific report Alex!

A really nice exotic airline ive never heard about. Boy, you really get around dont you? I actually envy you a bit  , i mean i wish i could fly to all these cool places like you do. But i guess im still too young to travel that much especially university and everything. Anyway looking forward to your next report!

= Thanks. Your time will come. God, I sound so old   ...

Saludos,
A.
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Mon Sep 03, 2012 5:57 am

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 10):
When did they leave Wideroe?

Only your particular plane flew for Wideroe (until mid-2007).


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Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:49 am

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 18):
Oh wow. Reading that was a hoot! Isn't it amazing when you get a chance to re-read something from the past?

Yes, that was from my WebTV days. Didn't get a computer until 2004. Built my website on the WebTV as well originally. You can search and find some older ones as well. WebTV didn't interface so well with Airliners.net that's why all the text is all lumped together like that.

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Fri Sep 07, 2012 2:49 pm

Hi Alex.

A nice little hop on Maldivian. Many thanks for writing it up. Certainly wouldn't have minded your UL account as the majority of reports on here suggest they are excellent... but people I have spoke to suggested they didn't impress them. So- the juries out there.

I wonder if I will ever get to these captivating islands? There popularity and success is just extraordinary. But that sort of thing tends to push me away. Perhaps when I am dragged there by a prospective wife!

Appreciated pics of the city - a very unique place culturally and geographically!

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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:51 am

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 21):
I wonder if I will ever get to these captivating islands? There popularity and success is just extraordinary. But that sort of thing tends to push me away. Perhaps when I am dragged there by a prospective wife!

= Luke, may I recommend Lakshwadeep?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 20):
Yes, that was from my WebTV days. Didn't get a computer until 2004. Built my website on the WebTV as well originally. You can search and find some older ones as well. WebTV didn't interface so well with Airliners.net that's why all the text is all lumped together like that.

The777Man

= Lars, we are getting old!

Saludos,
A.
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Sun Sep 30, 2012 10:12 am

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 22):
Lars, we are getting old!

Well, I prefer to say "more experienced" but you are of course right. I just don't feel that old though......

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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Sun Sep 30, 2012 6:22 pm

Hi A. !
I done my duty  
Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
here is the first report on A.Net on Maldivian Airlines

no is not no is not no is not hehehe

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
Usually pictures of Maldives are like this …

aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa but yesterday I have nice beach day too

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
pleasantly surprised at the great length of customer service this airline had

or better to say cabin crew but certainly very commendable

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 18):
The Liechtenstein passport has made several people question if it was fake ...

I have similar story with my cro-passport
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Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:07 pm

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
If Maldivian is offered on a route I am flying, I’d pay a premium to fly it. Two thumps up!

Maldivian just took delivery of its first A320 - one more reason to get back:


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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Fri Oct 05, 2012 4:02 am

Quoting stipica (Reply 24):

Quoting abrelosojos (Thread starter):
here is the first report on A.Net on Maldivian Airlines

no is not no is not no is not hehehe

= This time, I think I am right  . First international report on Q2  .

Quoting debonair (Reply 25):
Maldivian just took delivery of its first A320 - one more reason to get back:

= You paying  ?

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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Fri Oct 05, 2012 8:41 pm

Excellent report from such an exotic place on Earth. I wouldn't be surprised if you represent +50% of the Venezuelan pax travelling through TRV  .

Regarding the aircraft, looks like the Dash-8 seating arrangement is quite crowded. I recently flew Taca's ATR42 in Honduras and I found the cabin very spacious, great legroom, big overhead bins, small recline and a big bathroom (way better than E145s and CRJs).

Saludos,
Luis
 
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RE: Maldivian Airlines Q2 700: DEC/11: MLE-TRV: Y Cab

Tue Oct 09, 2012 5:04 am

Quoting luisde8cd (Reply 27):
Excellent report from such an exotic place on Earth. I wouldn't be surprised if you represent +50% of the Venezuelan pax travelling through TRV  .

= Jaja. Though, I have found a ton of Venezuelans working in Delhi in IT, Bio-Tech, and Gas. Go figure. A good friend of mine is there - he went to University in the U.S., and is now settled with his wife.

Quoting luisde8cd (Reply 27):
Regarding the aircraft, looks like the Dash-8 seating arrangement is quite crowded. I recently flew Taca's ATR42 in Honduras and I found the cabin very spacious, great legroom, big overhead bins, small recline and a big bathroom (way better than E145s and CRJs).

Saludos,
Luis

= Agreed. I think the DH1-3 is worse than the ATR ... but the DH4 > AT7.

Thanks Luis for stopping by.

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