10 Facts About Air Malta


Air Malta plc is the flag carrier airline of Malta, with its headquarters in Luqa and its hub at Malta International Airport.

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The owners of Air Malta Ltd used their real estate, staff, and equipment to set up a ground handling company called MAS, Malta Aviation Services.

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Air Malta started operations, with two wet leased Boeing 720Bs that served Rome, Tripoli, London, Manchester, Frankfurt, and Paris from Malta.

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Between 2002 and 2007, Air Malta embarked upon a fleet replacement programme, opting to change all aircraft to Airbus A319s and A320s.

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Air Malta had around 190 interline ticketing agreements with other IATA airlines.

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In September 2007, for instance, Air Malta made two agreements with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways by which Air Malta wet-leased 2 Airbus aircraft to Etihad Airways for the winter period starting 1 September 2007, and provided operational support on another Airbus A320 aircraft leased by Etihad Airways.

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In 2012 Air Malta underwent a re-branding process, which caused some controversy as the titles on aircraft and signage only say Malta, omitting the word Air.

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Air Malta then opened a number of new routes, including Tunis, Malaga, Comiso, Kiev, Lisbon, Casablanca, Southend and Cagliari.

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On 1 April 2019, Air Malta celebrated 45 years since it commenced its first operations.

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Air Malta was reportedly facing a loss of €30 Million, a year after recording profit for first time in 18 years.

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