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AIR MALTA PLC - THE NATIONAL AIR CARRIER

Last updated: January 17, 2017

Origins

Air Malta was set up by a Resolution of the Maltese Parliament on March 21, 1973 and was registered as a limited liability company on March 30, 1973.  The previous day, the Prime Minister, as Minister for Civil Aviation, granted the company an Air Service Licence valid for ten years with effect from April 1, 1973.

The licence was granted subject to the condition that the ownership and control of the airline would, at all times, be held and exercised by the Government of Malta and/or by citizens of Malta and/or by companies incorporated under the laws of Malta and controlled by citizens of Malta.


Air Malta was formed with assistance of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA).  The share capital was authorised at Lm750,000 of which Lm530,000 were issued - 51% by Air Malta and 20% by PIA.  The rest, 29%. was initially unsubscribed.


Air Malta started flying operations with two wet-leased Boeing 720Bs (AP-AMG & AP-AMJ) from PIA on April 1, 1974, with scheduled services to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Rome, Frankfurt, Paris and Tripoli.

 

Winter Schedule 2016/2017

Direct Routes to:  

Amsterdam-Schipol (1), Berlin-Tegel, Brussels-National (2,3), Catania-Fontanarossa (4,5), Dusseldorf (6), Frankfurt-Am-Main (6), London-Gatwick, London Heathrow (3), Manchester (3), Milan-Linate (4,5), Moscow-Sheremetyevo (8), Munich-Franz Josef Strauss (6), Palermo-Punta Raisi (5), Paris-Charles de-Gaulle (7), Paris-Orly (7), Rome-Fiumicino (4,5), Vienna-Schwechat (9) and Zurich-Kloten (10).


Code-sharing partners:  

KLM (1), Brussels Airlines (2), Etihad Airways (3), Meridiana (4), Alitalia (5), Lufthansa (6), Air France (7), Aeroflot (8), Austrian Airlines (9), SWISS (10), Turkish Airlines, and Emirates.


Routes operated by code-sharing partners:

- Istanbul-Ataturk by Turkish Airlines

- Larnaca by Emirates

 

Current Fleet

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 Registration
 Aircraft Type
 MSN
 ICAO24
 Engines
 Range
 Pax Seats
 9H-AEI
 Airbus A320-214
 2189
 4D201F
 2 x CFM56-5
 3,614-km
 168
 9H-AEJ
 Airbus A319-112
 2186
 4D2020
 2 x CFM56-5
 4,815-km
 141
 9H-AEK
 Airbus A320-214
 2291
 4D2021
 2 x CFM56-5
 3,614-km
 168
 9H-AEN
 Airbus A320-214
 2665
 4D2024
 2 x CFM56-5
 3,614-km
 180
 9H-AEO
 Airbus A320-214
 2768
 4D2025
 2 x CFM56-5
 3,614-km
 168
 9H-AEP
 Airbus A320-214
 3056
 4D2026
 2 x CFM56-5
 3,614-km
 168
 9H-AEQ
 Airbus A320-214
 3068
 4D2027
 2 x CFM56-5
 3,614-km
 168
 

 - 9H-AEI  -  Airbus A320-214

Test Registration F-WWDL.  First flight: 16-Mar-2004.  Dry-leased new by Air Malta from ILFC.  Delivered TLS-MLA in full Air Malta livery on 27-Apr-2004 (KM3202).  Named Rabat-Citta Vittoria.  Dry-leased to Mexico's InterJet between Nov-2010 and Apr-2014 (re-registered XA-SOB).  Re-registered 9H-AEI on return to Air Malta fleet.  Ferried MLA-OST on 9-Apr-2014 (KM996) for paint into Air Malta's retro livery, returning at Malta IAP on 16-Apr-2014 (KM040).  Operated first commercial flight in retro livery on 17-Apr-2014 to London Heathrow (KM102/103).  Currently active on Air Malta's flight operations.

 - 9H-AEJ  -  Airbus A319-112
Test Registration: D-AVWX.  First flight: 18-Feb-2004.  Dry-leased new from ILFC.  Delivered XFW-MLA in full Air Malta livery on 7-Apr-2004 (KM3193).  Named San Pawl il-Bahar.  Operated first commercial flight on 8-Apr-2004, to Catania-Fontanarossa.  Dry-leased to Atlantic Airways between May-2013 and Sep-2016 (re-registered as OY-RCH).  Re-registered 9H-AEJ on return to Air Malta fleet.  Currently active on Air Malta's flight operations (still on partial Atlantic Airways livery, with Air Malta titles).
 - 9H-AEK  -  Airbus A320-214

Test Registration: F-WWBT.  First flight: 13-Sep-2004.  Dry-leased new from ILFC.  Delivered TLS-MLA in full Air Malta livery on 21-Oct-2004 (KM3203).  Named San Giljan. Operated first commercial flight on 23-Oct-2004 to London-Gatwick (KM116/117).  Fifth Air Malta aircraft to receive the 'new' corporate livery, ferried OSR-MLA on 6-Dec-2012 (KM997).  Operated first commercial flight in the 'new' livery on 6-Dec-2012 to Rome-Fiuminico (KM612/613). Currently active on Air Malta's flight operations.

 - 9H-AEN  -  Airbus A320-214

Test Registration: F-WWBN.  First flight: 17-Jan-2006.  Dry-leased new from ILFC.  Delivered TLS-MLA in full Air Malta livery on 1-Feb-2006 (KM3209).  Named Bormla.  Operated first commercial flight on 10-Feb-2006 to Catania-Fontanarossa (KM642/643).  Wet-leased to Chile's Sky Airline during the 2010/11 winter season. First Air Malta aircraft to receive the 'new' corporate livery, ferried OSR-MLA on 29-Sep-2012 (KM070).  Operated first commercial flight in the 'new' livery on 29/30-Sep-2012 to St. Peterbsburg-Pulkovo (KM568/569).  Currently active on Air Malta's flight operations.

 - 9H-AEO  -  Airbus A320-214

Test Registration: F-WWDK.  First flight: 18-Apr-2006.  Dry-leased new from ILFC.  Delivered TLS-MLA in full Air Malta livery on 13-May-2006 (KM3210).  Named Isla-Citta Invicta.  Wet-leased to Libyan Airways during the 2006/7 winter season. Re-branded as 'Valletta: European Capital of Culture 2018 Candidate City' at Malta IAP on 23-Mar-2012.  Eighth Air Malta aircraft to receive the 'new' corporate livery, ferried OSR-MLA on 18-Apr-2013 (KM997). Operated first commercial flight in the 'new' livery on 18-Apr-2013 to London-Heathrow (KM100/101).  Currently active on Air Malta's flight operations.

 - 9H-AEP  -  Airbus A320-214

Test Registration: F-WWDV.  First flight: 13-Feb-2007.  Dry-leased new from ILFC.  Delivered TLS-MLA in full Air Malta livery on 6-Mar-2007 (KM3201).  Named Nadur.  Wet-leased to Etihad Airways during the 2007/8 winter season.  Seventh Air Malta aircraft to receive the 'new' corporate livery, ferried SNN-MLA on 23-Feb-2012 (KM996).  Operated first commercial flight in the 'new' livery on 24-Feb-2013 to Hamburg (KM368/369).  Currently active on Air Malta's flight operations.
 - 9H-AEQ  -  Airbus A320-214

Test Registration: F-WWIJ.  First flight: 14-Feb-2007.  Dry-leased new from ILFC.  Delivered TLS-MLA in full Air Malta livery on 22-Mar-2007 (KM3202).  Named Tarxien. Operated first commercial flight on 23-Mar-2007 to Vienna/Budapest-Ferihegy (KM512/513). Wet-leased to Etihad Airways during the 2007/8 winter season. Nineth Air Malta aircraft to receive the 'new' corporate livery, ferried OSR-MLA on 28-Apr-2013 (KM997).  Operated first commercial flight in the 'new' livery on 28-Apr-2013, to Rome-Fiumicino (KM614/615).  Currently active on Air Malta's flight operations.