Whatever happened to the Boeing Fleet at Mega Maldives?
Mega Maldives was an airline based in Maldives that operated from 2010 until 2017. The airline began their services on 28th December 2010 with the first flight to Gan International Airport from Velana International Airport.
Mega Maldives went on to fly scheduled and charter international flights to various cities in China and also to Korea, India, and more.
At its peak, the airline had an all Boeing fleet consisting of 4 Boeing 767-300ER and 1 Boeing 757-200ERW. The airline also later wet-leased a Boeing 737-800. The aircraft was were all send back as the airline went into bankruptcy and suspended all of its operations on 2nd May 2017.
Whatever did happen to all the aircraft operated by Mega Maldives after that?
Today, from the 4 767’s Mega Maldives had, 3 of them are still flying. The three 767’s were first leased by Atlas Air which is a cargo airline based in New York. Atlas Air operates to 119 countries worldwide.
These aircraft were then leased by Amazon Air. Amazon Air is a cargo airline that transports Amazon packages within the United States of America. Amazon Air has a fleet of 44 Boeing 767’s.
The registration details are as follow:
8Q-MEE -> N1399A
8Q-MEF -> N1409A
8Q-MEH -> N1181A
The remaining 767, 8Q-MEG was last seen parked at the Pinal Airpark. Pinal Airpark serve’s as a boneyard for civilian commercial aircraft, where the area's desert climate mitigates corrosion of the aircraft. It is the largest commercial aircraft storage and heavy maintenance facility in the world.
The 757-200, 8Q-MEI is operated today by SF ShuFeng airlines with the registration B-1578. SF airlines is also a cargo airline based in China that has a fleet of 62 aircraft that includes over 35 757 type aircraft. The remaining 737-800 wet leased by Mega Maldives is today operated by Smartwings airlines in the Czech Republic with the registration OK-TVT.
Since the bankruptcy of Mega Maldives, only the national airline Maldivian has ever operated jet aircraft in the Maldives. Maldivian has two jet aircraft, the Airbus A320, and the A321. The airline has expressed its plans to lease an additional Airbus A330 however plans have been delayed due to the ongoing Covid19 pandemic.