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The Maldives was long a sultanate, first under Dutch and then under British protection. It consists of1,190 coral islands grouped into 26 atolls (200 inhabited islands, plus 80 islands with tourist resorts); archipelago with strategic location astride and along major sea lanes in Indian Ocean.  It became a republic in 1968, three years after independence. Tourism and fishing are being developed on the archipelago.

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update22Nov14Air Cargo MaldivesStatus changed to 'Inactive' & both dates added (1992 - 1992)
AirlineOperating DatesStatusCommentsGenealogy

 Air Cargo Maldives

1992 - 1992Inactive  

 Air Equator

2004 - 2006*InactiveAir Equator was founded in 2003 

 Air Maldives

1974 - 1994RenamedAir Maldives was founded on 01Oct1974 & started ops the same yearAir Maldives + Maldives Air Services =>Air Maldives

 Air Maldives

1994 - 2001*Inactive Air Maldives + Maldives Air Services =>Air Maldives

 Far East Airlines Maldives

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 FlyMe (Villa Air)

2011 - dateActiveFlyme was launched on 14Mar2011 and began operations on 01Oct2011 

 Hummingbird Island Airways

1989 - 2001Renamed Hummingbird Island Airways >Trans Maldivian Airways

 Inter Atoll Air

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 Island Aviation Services

2000 - 2008Renamedthe airline division of Island Aviation Services was formed on 13Apr2000 & was rebranded as Maldivian on 25Aug2008Island Aviation Services >Maldivian

 Maldives Air Services

1989 - 1994Renamed Air Maldives + Maldives Air Services =>Air Maldives

 Maldives Airways

1984 - 1987Inactive  

 Maldives International Airlines

1977 - 1979*Renamed >Air Maldives

 Maldivian

2008 - dateActivethe airline division of Island Aviation Services was formed on 13Apr2000 & was rebranded as Maldivian on 25Aug2008Island Aviation Services >Maldivian

 Maldivian Air Taxi

1993 - dateActiveMaldivian Air Taxi started operations on 04Nov1993 

 Mega Maldives (Mega Global Air)

2011 - dateActive  

 Ocean Air

2001* - 2001*Inactive  

 Seagull Airways

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 SunExpress Airlines

1999 - 2001Inactive  

 Trans Maldivian Airways

2001 - dateActiveTrans Maldivian Airways commenced operations as Hummingbird Island Airways in 1998Hummingbird Island Airways >Trans Maldivian Airways

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