BEOND is an upcoming brand new all-premium class leisure airline planning to launch flight services later this year.
In an interview with Richard Quest in the Quest Means Business program BEOND CEO Mr. Tero Taskila said that BEOND has been given the national carrier status by the Maldivian government. With the national carrier status, the airline will get preferential rights and privileges from the government for international flight operations.
The national carrier status grants BEOND exclusive privileges and preferential treatment from the Maldivian government for international flight operations. With access to bilateral treaties, the airline gains the ability to operate nonstop services to 80 countries worldwide, presenting a substantial advantage over competing airlines allowing for a robust market presence and increased opportunities for global connectivity.
BEOND's distinguishing factor lies in its exceptional all-premium seating arrangement, boasting 68 fully lie-flat seats equipped with cutting-edge technology and luxurious materials. The airline's commitment to delivering a superior travel experience sets it apart from its competitors, raising the bar for luxury air travel in the region.
Mr. Tero Taskila further said the carrier plans to launch flight operations later this year, with the anticipated arrival of the first aircraft in July. Additionally, BEOND aims to expand its fleet by incorporating the Airbus A321XLR, which would enable it to operate long-haul routes, including unprecedented direct flights from the Maldives to Sydney, Australia which has been never operated before. These new routes hold the potential to reshape air travel options and enhance connectivity for passengers.
Presently Island Aviation Services (Maldivian) is the national flag carrier of the Maldives and is owned by the government of Maldives. Although Maldivian is fully state owned, a carrier is not required to be fully stated owned to be given national carrier status.