Maldivian Air Taxi


Maldivian Air Taxi (MAT) was a domestic carrier in the Maldives and was one of the largest seaplane operators in the world, operating over 500 flights a week during the peak tourist season. Beginning in November 1993 with two aircraft, MAT grew in direct response to the opening of newly developed resorts that require seaplane transport services for their guests.

Maldivian Air Taxi
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedNovember 4, 1993
Ceased operations2013 (integrated into Trans Maldivian Airways)
HubsIbrahim Nasir International Airport
Fleet size20
Key peopleLars Erik Nielsen (Founder and Chairman of the Board)
Flight 8Q-MAO (in Kenn Borek Air colours) preparing for boarding.

In 2013, The Blackstone Group, an American equity fund, announced that they were acquiring both MAT and rival company Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA).[1] A merger was brought underway and a new company was founded, retaining the Trans Maldivian Airways name, and the colours of MAT. TMA now operates 44 De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters, including three brand new 400 series.


The airline was established in 1993 by Danish investors and started operations in the same year. It was wholly owned by Lars Erik Nielsen (Chairman) and as of March 2007 had 275 employees.[2]


At the time of the merger in December 2010, Maldivian Air Taxi's fleet included the following aircraft.

Maldivian Air Taxi also had previously indicated plans to replace all of their DHC-6-100/-200/-300's with the new -400 series by Viking Air.

An M.A.T. flight landing (special livery)


  1. ^ "Blackstone Press Release". Blackstone Announces Acquisition of a Majority Stake in Maldivian Air Taxi and Trans Maldivian Airways.
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-10. p. 46.

External linksEdit

  • Maldivian Air Taxi
  • Maldivian Air Taxi at Kenn Borek Air
  • Viking Air