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Formed in 2010 and started operations in 2011. Formerly MEGA Global Air. Regional & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
c/o MG Charter Air Limited
1213/414 Soi Ladphrao
94 (Pajamit), Ladphrao Road
Wangthonglang, Bangkok, Thailand
The Maldives (Republic of Maldives) was established in 1965, it consists of a group of islands (1,190) in the Indian Ocean, covering an area of 298 sq km, with a population of 300,000, its capital is Male, and its official languages are Maldivian and English.
December 2010: Received its Air Operating Certificate (AOC).
January 2011: MEGA Maldives (MEG) began its international operations on January 21st between Hong Kong and Gan. (MEG) initially operated a charter flight between Hong Kong and Gan once every 5 days.
Later, the route was changed to Hong Kong and Male, but continued the unique every 5 day pattern.
July 2011: MEGA Maldives (MEG) began service from Male to Shanghai and to Beijing. Charter flights have been flown to Incheon, Korea and occasionally between Male and Gan.
December 2011: MEGA Maldives (MEG) is a charter airline.
(IATA) Code: 5M. (ICAO) Code: MEG - (Callsign - SANDBAR).
Parent organization/shareholders: MG Charters (http://www.mgcharter.com) (100%).
Main Base: Male International airport (MLE).
Male - Ibrahim Nasir International Airport.
Gan - Gan International Airport.
Hong Kong - Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok International Airport (HKG).
Beijing - Beijing Capital International Airport
Chongqing - Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG)
Shanghai - Shanghai Pudong International Airport
Bangkok - Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
August 2012: Mega Maldives Air (MEG) has unveiled plans to take delivery of an (ILF) leased 757-204 (25623, 8Q-MEI) later this month that will be used to launch a new scheduled charter route from Malé International (MLE) to Johannesburg Oliver Reginald Tambo International (JNB) airport. It will also use the 757-200 on existing charter services to Chongqing Jiangbei (CKG), Chengdu Shuangliu International (CTU) and Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok International (HKG) airports. As a result, (MEG) will have additional capacity available on its existing fleet of two 767-300ERs that it plans to use for new routes to Melbourne Tullamarine International (MEL), Tokyo Narita New Tokyo International (NRT) airports, as well as one or two destinations in Germany.
October 2012: Commsoft was selected by MEGA Maldives Airlines (MEG) to provide its open aviation strategic engineering system (OASES) for the (MEG)'s Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) operations.
November 2012: The Maldives government has terminated a $511 million contract awarded to Bangalore-based (GMR) Group in 2010 for the upgrade, expansion and operation of Male International Airport. The government said the agreement was “legally invalid,” a decision (GMR) is disputing.
The Maldivian government said its decision followed nine months of cabinet committee research and was made “on grounds that there were many legal, technical and economic issues regarding the agreement, and that it was legally invalid, and impossible to further continue the legal teams agree and advise that this agreement, which was governed under the laws of the United Kingdom, was void ab initio, and/or that it was an agreement that could not be implemented further, due to frustration.”
The (GMR) Group, which operates in Delhi, Hyderabad and Istanbul, called the government decision an “irrational move.” “The government of Maldives has issued a notice to the (GMR) Male' International Airport intending to take over the possession and control of the Ibrahim Nassir International Airport under the pretext that the agreement is void,” (GMR) said. “This unlawful and premature notice on the pretext that the concession agreement is ‘void’ is completely devoid of any local standing and is therefore being challenged by the company before the competent forums. The company disputes that the cocession agreement (CA) is ‘void.’”
The 25-year concession agreement was signed June 28, 2010 between a (GMR)-Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad consortium, the Maldives Airports Company and the government. Plans included the development of a 600,000 sq ft passenger terminal increasing the terminal capacity to handle 5.5 million passengers annually and the construction of a new 20,000 sq ft (VIP) terminal.
The (GMR) group said it “has taken all measures to continue operations” at the airport “thereby ensuring that this vital gateway to Maldives is kept open. This action by the government is in complete disregard of and has been done during the dependency of arbitration proceedings in the designated tribunal in Singapore.”
March 2013: Korean Air (KAL) inaugurated flights on the route from Seoul Incheon (ICN) to Malé (MLE) on 9 March. Thrice-weekly services are offered on the route and will be carried out with a stopover in Colombo (CMB) in Sri Lanka. (KAL) uses its A330-300s to operate the flights. Competition on the route comes from Mega Maldives Air (MEG), which provides weekly departures on its non-stop service from Malé to Seoul Incheon.
July 2013: It is better late than never for Hong Kong to use its proximity and scale with mainland China to cater to the booming China - Maldives market. Chinese nationals are the single largest inbound group to the Maldives, with 230,000 visitors in 2012 (more than double the next largest market, Germany, with 98,000 visitors in 2012). A few weeks after Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) resumed service to Male, the main gateway of the Maldives, Cathay Pacific (CAT) on July 22, 2013 opened reservations for four weekly flights from October 27, 2013. Reflecting inertia at the legacy carrier, (CAT) spent over a year deliberating on whether to serve the Maldives, while Singapore Airlines (SIA) and charter carrier MEGA Maldives (MEG) effectively cleaned up the market.
Cathay (CAT)'s services will bring stiff competition to (SIA). (CAT) and its Dragonair (DRG) subsidiary have a far deeper China network than (SIA) and its SilkAir (SLK) subsidiary, and connecting through Hong Kong is shorter than via Singapore. But (SIA) has a strong frequency advantage (double daily) and uses regional airplanes light on premium seats, whereas (CAT) will use a long-haul airplane heavy on premium seats.
Although there is considerable wealth in the outbound Chinese leisure market, it is still price sensitive and primarily package-driven. Existing operators Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) and MEGA Maldives (MEG) should consider gaining scale to reduce unit costs.
October 2013: Cathay Pacific Airways (CAT) now serves Male (MLE) in the Maldives from its Hong Kong (HKG) hub. The four times weekly service launched on October 27th, and will be operated by (CAT)’s A330-300 airplanes. The 4,820 km route is already served by Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) and MEGA Maldives Airlines (MEG), who both operate thrice-weekly flights between the two airports. (CAT) (CEO), John Slosar, said: “The Maldives is the perfect getaway for holidaymakers from Hong Kong and around the world. (CAT) is a premium service airline and our passengers will enjoy the best products and services when they fly with us to the Maldives. The continued expansion of our network highlights our commitment to boosting Hong Kong’s place as one of the world’s great international aviation hubs.”
December 2013: Mega Maldives Air ((IATA) Code: LV, based at Malé) (MEG) has taken delivery of its first 737-800 (30295, OK-TVW); a winter-lease from the Czech Republic's Travel Service Airlines ((IATA) Code: QS, based at Prague) (TSF). It was ferried from Prague to Malé on December 29/30, 2013. Mega Maldives also operates one 757-200 and two 767-300s on flights which cover Beijing Capital, Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok, and Shanghai Pudong.
Mega Maldives Air (MEG) currently operates 4 airplanes, to 3 countries, and 4 destinations on 3 routes and 3 daily flights.
January 2014: The Maldives have ruled out any possibility of return of Indian infrastructure giant (GMR) in the US$500 million-plus Male airport project but said it was welcome to participate in other ventures in the island nation.
Asserting that the Maldives has nothing against (GMR), newly-elected Maldivian President, Abdulla Yameen said his administration was committed to resolve the dispute with the Indian firm amicably. The President has already talked about an out-of-court settlement on the matter. "I am not saying we are saying no to (GMR). What I am saying is total management of the airport is far too important for the Maldivian Government to hand it over. We have nothing against (GMR) or any Indian company. It is just that the international airport is far too important for us, commercially and also from a security point of view. The total operation of our airport will probably not go to any foreign party. It probably will not even go to a Maldivian company. It will be undertaken by the Maldives Airport Company, a 100% government company."
The President, who was recently present and held a series of meetings with the top leadership, said the Indian firm was free to participate in other projects in the Maldives. Asked when the process for out of court settlement of the dispute would begin, he said, "It has started already."
Under the contract signed in 2010, (GMR) was to modernize and operate the Male International Airport for 25 years but the contract was unilaterally terminated 14 months back by the then President, Mohamed Waheed following political and domestic pressure.
The President said the contract with (GMR) was signed against the laid down norms for such projects and that it was a "unilateral decision" by the then government, headed by President, Mohamed Nasheed to approve the deal.
April 2014: Mega Maldives Air (MEG) has partnered Nepal's BB Airways ((IATA) Code: BO, based at Kathmandu) following the successful conclusion of talks the Maldivian carrier's (CEO), George Weinmann has revealed.
Speaking at the recently-ended (CAPA) Airline Fleet & Finance Summit 2014, Weinmann said the joint-venture (JV) was signed in mid-March with plans for a further two joint-ventures (JV)s also in the pipeline. “We believe we can expand laterally,” Weinmann said.
With its current fleet sitting on one 737-800 wet-leased from Travel Service Airlines (TSF), a 757-200 and two 767-300ERs, Weinmann plans to add a further four 757s and an extra 767 to the fleet this year. An additional five are due in both 2015 and 2016.
The added capacity will be used in developing long-haul routes to Europe, currently dominated by European and Middle Eastern carriers. Australia has also been considered as a possible destination, he said.
Monarch (MON) Aircraft Engineering recently deployed a Specialized Monarch (AOG) Response Team (SMART) to carry out engine repairs for Mega Maldives Airlines (MEG). The (SMART) performed acoustic-panel repairs on (MEG)’s Boeing 757.
January 2017: (MIAT) Mongolian Airlines (MNG) ferried 767-3BGER (30564, EI-FGN) from Ulaanbaatar to Male, Maldives for sub-lease to Mega Global Air Services (MEG).
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MEG-767-300ER - 2012-05
MEG-767-3P6ER - 2011-06
1 737-800 (CFM56-7B26) (30295, /04 OK-YVW), (TSF) LSD 2013-12. 186Y.
1 757-204 (RB211-535E4) (528-25623, /93 8Q-MEI), EX-(EI-EXW), EX-(TNS)/(TFY)/AFZ), (ILF) LSD 2012-08. WITH WINGLETS. 235Y.
1 767-3BGER (CF6-80C2B4) (30564, EI-FGN), (MIAT) MONGOLIAN AIRLINES (MNG)
2 767-3P6ER (CF6-80C2B4) (270-24496, /89 8Q-MEG - SEE PHOTO - - "MEG-767-300ER - 2012-05;" 487-26206, /93 8Q-MEH), (GEF) LSD. EX-AIR CANADA (ACN)/(GUL). EX-(5N-BVA). 24C, 233Y.
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MEG-1-GEORGE WEINMANN - 2012-05
MEG-2-MIFZAL AHMED - 2012-05
MEG-3-STEVE MONSON - 2012-05
MEG-4-MS MIZNA AHMED - 2012-05
MEG-7-BEIBEI WANG - 2013-12
GEORGE WEINMANN, CHAIRMAN (MG HOLDINGS) & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
"In the Maldives it is really exciting to be building this new airline with an outstanding multi-national team and helping our customers develop their markets in this dynamic business environment.” - George
George is the Chairman of Mega Global and is also the President of Jet Yi Holdings, Ltd, an aviation investment and consulting company. He is also Managing Director at Wei Li Capital. George began his career at the Boeing Company (TBC) as an engineer prior to joining Boeing’s strategic assessment group responsible for business case and merger and acquisition projects, where he helped set-up and manage Boeing Ventures, a $200 million internal business incubator. George earned a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia and an MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. George is a private pilot and speaks conversational Mandarin.
MIFZAL AHMED, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
“The key defining characteristic of our company is the willingness and drive to bring something truly unique and special to the tourism and aviation industry of both the Maldives and the region. In a country like the Maldives, pivotally placed to take full advantage of the re-emergence of Asia to new levels of prosperity, we look forward to serving your travel and holiday requirements at the highest standards.” - Mifzal
Mifzal Ahmed was Advisor on Investment for the Ministry of Economic Development in the Republic of Maldives. Previously, he worked for two years with the Islamic Development Bank in Jeddah. Mifzal has a relationship with China dating to 2001 when he was a lecturer in International Trade at Yanshan University. He received a BA in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of Oxford, and a first masters in Development Studies from the London School of Economics.
STEVE MONSON, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER (COO), ex-(JOR)/(NWA).
"The passion for excellence demonstrated by the management team is what drew me to this company. I am truly blessed to work with such a gifted team, dedicated to helping the world experience the incredible beauty and hospitality of the Maldives." - Steve
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin. He has 32 years of experience in the Commercial Airline industry working in the Flight Operations departments. His last position was with Jordan Aviation (JOR) in Amman, Jordan where he served as the Director of Aircrew Training and the Manager of Training and Standards. He also served as an Aircrew Trainer and Examiner and was selected as the Designated Check Airman for the Civil Aviation Regulatory Commission of Jordan. Prior to joining Jordan Aviation (JOR), he flew as a Captain for Northwest Airlines (NWA) where he enjoyed a 29 year career. Before joining (NWA), he was an Instructor Pilot in the United States Air Force and functioned as an Aircraft Accident Investigator, Manager of Ground Safety and Flight Safety Officer.
Steve's work with MEGA Maldives Airlines (MEG) is to oversee the day to day functioning of operations at the airline, managing an expanding network of managers that form the Mega Maldives Management team. This culturally diverse group is the backbone for this growing airline. Steve also works closely with the (CEO) in evaluating prospective routes and airplanes.
ISMAIL HUSAM, DIRECTOR OF ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE.
Ismail Husam has got Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering Design from Kingston University, UK. He started his carrier as a mechanic trainee in Air Maldives Limited in 1998. After his studies, he worked in the Civil Aviation Department, Maldives. At the Civil Aviation Department he was responsible for all airworthiness functions which included aircraft registration, approval of maintenance program, approval of maintenance organization, approval of modifications, aircraft airworthiness review, maintenance licensing and examination, accident investigation, evaluating continuing airworthiness responsibilities of (AOC) holders...etc. He was also involved in drafting airworthiness related regulations and standard operating procedures. He joined MEGA Maldives Airlines (MEG) prior to the issuance of its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) as a Manager, Quality systems.
MS MIZNA AHMED, DIRECTOR LEGAL COUNSEL
“Our Management Team are very happy to make our customers and our people happy” - Mizna
Mizna Ahmed is a partner at Suood Anwar & Company one of the Maldives most prestigious law firms. Previously she worked as a legal consultant to the (UNDP) in the Maldives and at the Maldives Human Rights Commission. Ms Ahmed read her degree of Bachelor of Laws with Honors at the University of Bristol and completed her graduate studies at the National University of Singapore, where she successfully completed the degree of Master of Laws.
WES GARDNER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
MS BEIBEI WANG, DIRECTOR PLANNING, FINANCIAL & ROUTES (BEIJING).