HISTORY: HUMMINGBIRD was founded in 1989 as Hummingbird Island Helicopters. The company operated a strictly helicopter fleet of aircraft, moving tourists from the airport to a select number of island resorts. 1993 saw the establishment of Maldivian Air Taxi, a direct competitor offering more-preferred seaplane transfers. In order to revive the market, the company was rebranded as Hummingbird Island Airways in 1997, introducing Twin Otter seaplanes to its fleet. By 1999, the fleet had transitioned out all helicopters, and had a seaplane-only lineup. In the year 2000, Hummingbird Island was rebranded as Trans Maldivian Airways, under new management.
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