Unfortunately, if you type “barefoot pilots” on wiki, the first result that will pop out is the story of a convicted criminal known as Colton Harry Moore.
Nothing more unfair, reality is that the Barefoot Pilots are a community of seaplane pilots with an amazing job! Although there are dozens of places all over the world were the BP operates, there’s a place that offers all the magic of flying in the paradise: The Maldives.
The immense archipelago that makes up the Maldives lies south-west of the southern tip of India and spans a vast area of the west Indian Ocean. With an area of about 90,000 square kilometers, yet less than 0.5 per cent of it being dry land, the Maldives is one of the most distinct countries in the world, a unique place in the world, with a truly amazing landscape, a paradise for a vacation, where sands are white as the smiles of the locals, where fish swim happily in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the weather is a dream, and the deep rays of the sun wait to engulf you their arms.
Trans Maldivian Airways started on 1989 operating helicopters only. The transition to seaplane-only was completed on 1999, after merging with Maldivian Air Taxi, together, the two airlines, operate 44 seaplanes including three new DHC-6-400 series and conduct well over 100,000 flights per year making them the world’s largest Twin Otter operator on land or sea. Together the companies employ around 900 people and service more than 60 resorts, safari boats and liveaboards.
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