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The capital of the Maldives, now features on Lufthansa schedules twice a week during the winter timetable, annually from December to April. The island state in the Indian Ocean is rightly famous as one of the world’s most beautiful destinations. Holidaymakers can relax on gorgeous, palm-fringed sandy beaches, or enjoy one of the many water sports on offer. As well as sailing and surfing, the impressive coral reefs can be explored while diving and snorkeling.
The inaugural Lufthansa direct flight from Frankfurt to Male landed at 9.30 a.m. local time today (December 10th). The Lufthansa Flight was welcomed with a spectacular water salute along with the Maldivian traditional “Boduberu” dance. The inaugural ceremony was graced by the Honorary Chief Guest, Minister for Tourism Mr. Moosa Zameer, Maldives Airports Company Ltd’s Managing Director Mr. Adil Moosa and Mr. Wolfgang Will, Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines. At the inaugural function a ceremonial cake was cut to welcome Lufthansa’s operation and gift exchange took place between Lufthansa and Maldives Airports Company Ltd.
The new route to Male is served from Frankfurt nonstop by an Airbus A340-300 equipped with a total of 298 seats, 18 in Business, 19 in Premium Economy and 261 in Economy Class. Flights from Frankfurt to Malé are scheduled to take off every Wednesday and Saturday at 7.25 p.m. and will be arriving at 9.05 a.m. the next day. Additionally, flights from Malé to Frankfurt are scheduled to take off on the following days (Thursday and Sunday) at 10.40 a.m. and will be arriving at Frankfurt at 5.20 p.m. the subsequent day.
On board passengers can expect the outstanding Lufthansa comfort with the latest Business Class and Premium Economy Class cabin design, as well as all the amenities of Economy Class. In addition, they will be able to experience the comprehensive Inflight-Entertainment® and for an extra charge have access to the FlyNet wireless broadband internet service.
Speaking on the inaugural flight, Mr. Wolfgang Will, Director, South Asia, Lufthansa Passenger Airlines, said, “Blessed by nature with pristine beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs, the Maldives are a popular destination amongst sophisticated European tourists. We are very pleased to introduce our latest offering – a direct flight to Malé which completes a total of 5 new attractive holiday destinations to the Lufthansa roster. The introduction of the new direct flight to Maleclearly demonstrates the importance of this market segment for Lufthansa and underlines our commitment to provide our customers with consistent and the best Lufthansa experience worldwide.”
Adil Moosa, Managing Director of Maldives Airports Ltd said, “Today is a very special day for all of us as the much anticipated airline “Lufthansa” has launched its direct flights from Frankfurt Germany to Ibrahim Nasir International Airport (INIA), Maldives. Indeed it is our honor that Lufthansa has chosen our airport as one of their destinations and we are confident that Lufthansa will add value to INIA and to Maldives. Lufthansa as we know it, is the largest airline of Europe in terms of its fleet size and overall passenger traffic. We are proud to say that, year after year our airport is welcoming big airlines from around the world and today the flag ship carrier of Germany “Lufthansa” has officially started their operations to our Airport. We are very much delighted to welcome Lufthansa and we will fully support Lufthansa in every way. I would like to convey our special thanks on behalf of Maldives Airports Company Ltd to Lufthansa team for choosing Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in their route expansion and I wish Lufthansa all the success in their future endeavors.
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