Maldivian (Q2, Malé) has placed an incremental order with ATR - Avions de Transport Régional for two ATR42-600s as part of its turboprop fleet renewal plan.

The state-owned carrier did not disclose any delivery dates. In July 2023, it sought financing for the aircraft, seeking a partner for a 15-year finance lease agreement. It did not respond to ch-aviation's request for comment regarding the outcome of the tender.

The two ATR42-600s will join Maldivian's existing fleet of one ATR42-600 and two ATR72-600s. The incoming aircraft will replace some of the older-generation turboprops, which the ch-aviation fleets module shows includes one DHC-8-200, one DHC-8-Q200, and seven DHC-8-Q300s.

Maldivian also operates eleven DHC-6-300s through its seaplane division and one A320-200. It is in talks with the government about launching a sister carrier focused on long-haul operations.