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Air Malta starts scheduled services to Tbilisi, Georgia

Air Malta inaugurated its first scheduled service to the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. The once weekly flight every Thursday will run until the 18th September with the possibility to extend this service further in line with demand.

“This is the first time that the Maltese Airline is operating scheduled services to Georgia. The interest in this market started around a year ago when the airline was looking at growth opportunities to expand its network. This service is expected to open up new tourism markets to Malta and generate around 3,300 customers in both directions during the period of operation” said Air Malta’s Chief Executive Capt. Clifford Chetcuti.

Together with the InterCo Travel Group, the airline’s tour operating partner in Georgia, Air Malta formulated a plan to establish a direct air links between the two countries. The plan is expected to facilitate travel for Georgians to visit the Islands or other European destinations through Air Malta’s European flight network. At the same time Air Malta is now offering the Maltese travelling public a great new destination to visit.

Beautiful panoramic view of Tbilisi at sunset, Georgia country

Images: Air Malta.

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Air Malta returns to profitability after almost two decades

Malta - airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-214 9H-AEP (msn 3056) LHR (SPA). Image: 946045.

Air Malta returns to profitability after almost two decades:

  • Presents its Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for Year Ended March 2018
  • Registers an operating profit of €1.2 million compared to a loss of €10.8 million last year
  • Increased revenue by €5.3 million
  • Decreased operating costs by €6.7 million
  • 168,000 (+11%) more passengers
  • 77.6% (+2.8% improvement in) seat load factor

     

    Air Malta has today presented its Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements for year ended March 2018 during which it reported an operatingprofit of €1.2 million (2017: Loss €10.8 million). When non-recurring items are taken into account (including the payment of the early retirement schemes and the gain on the disposal of landing rights), the airline registered a profit of €15.7million (2017: Loss €13.1 million).

    These results were announced today during Air Malta’s Annual General Meeting. During the meeting the airline gave an overview of its financial figures for the year ended in March 2018 and an outlook for the coming year.

    During the year under review Air Malta’s operating revenue increased by €5.3million to €197.5 million mainly driven by 11% more passengers
    (2018: 1.7 million passengers, 2017: 1.5 million passengers), 8.5% more flights (2018: 14,126, 2017: 13,024) and a 2.8% improvement in seat load factor (2018: 77.6%, 2017: 74.8%). Total operating costs decreased by €6.5 million mainly attributed to a decrease in fuel, aircraft leases and maintenance costs.

    During a press briefing announcing the results, Air Malta’s Chief Financial Officer, Omar Bonello attributed these positive performance to better aircraft utilisation, the implementation of a new sales strategy, the investments in IT technology, the signing of the all collective agreements aimed to give a strong base for increased productivity, flexibility and industrial peace stability, and thenegotiation of more favourable terms with the airline’s suppliers.

    Speaking at the briefing Minister for Tourism Konrad Mizzi noted the fact that the airline had registered a significant profit after 18 years demonstrating a story of perseverance, determination and commitment. He noted the positive achievements at Air Malta, such as the addition of 21 new routes, the increase in passenger numbers and revenue, and the increase in fleet. He congratulated all the team at Air Malta for their efforts whilst adding that this success is also attributed to all the employees working day to day at the airline.

Air Malta’s Chairman Dr Charles Mangion added that in spite of these positive results, Air Malta cannot rest on our laurels. “A lot more needs to be done toget the Company out of the woods and on firm sustainable ground. Our growth strategy is underway and is being executed in an extremely competitive environment and a continually changing aviation scenario. The main challenge remains for Air Malta is on how fast it can adapt successfully to change.”

Whilst addressing the conference CEO Capt. Clifford Chetcuti said, “We areseeing the results of the transition to a strategy of growth and credit must be given to all the efforts afforded by the whole team at Air Malta. Aviation is a highly competitive industry dictated by thin margins, high fixed costs and large capital investments. Despite all these business pressures, Air Malta has managed to face these challenges resulting in its being awarded the CAPA turnaround airline of the year in 2018.” The airline’s CEO added, “This is not thetime though to become complacent. Whilst there are challenges with fluctuating fuel prices and increased competitive pressures, we have shown that growthis still achievable.”

Paul Sies, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer added, “During this financialyear we increased capacity by 20%, achieving a growth of 11% more passengers. The new routes generated a +€12 million increase in revenue.”He said that during this financial year the airline implemented a new Revenue Management, new unbundled pricing with the launch of the Go Light, new sales strategies and developed and launched the new buy on board product. During the conference he announced that as from next month, Air Malta will be launching its new Business class service where passengers will be offered new gourmet menus presented in traditional Maltese ceramic crockery thatshowcase the islands’ heritage. During the conference Mr Sies announced thehighlights of the airline’s schedule for this summer which include increasedfrequencies to/from Paris Charles De Gaulle, Hamburg, Kiev, London Heathrow, Lyon, Munich and Tunis. He also announced that after an absenceof 12 years Air Malta is planning to resume flights to Egypt’s capital, Cairo andfor the first time the airline will also offer scheduled services to/from Warsaw.

During the conference presentations were also given by Chief Information Officer, Alan Talbot, who spoke about the digital transformation at Air Malta, and Charlene Camilleri, who spoke about the Ancillary Revenue unit and how this unit is assisting the airline to increase revenue.

Top Copyright Photo: Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-214 9H-AEP (msn 3056) LHR (SPA). Image: 946045.

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Air Malta is the first airline to land an Airbus A320neo at Florence Peretola Airport, brings the Fiorentina football team to Malta

Air Malta has started the New Year on a high note by being the first airline to land an Airbus A320neo at Florence’s Peretola Airport and having the honor of hosting on board the Italian Serie A football team Fiorentina.

This special flight to and from Florence’s airport was made possible after technical studies were undertaken by Air Malta’s Flight Operations team. As no A320neo has ever operated into Florence, the team, together with the operating crew, had to conduct calculations and assessments to seek approval from the Florence Airport Authority prior to be able to fly and operate into this airport.

This achievement was also noted by Airbus, the manufacturers of the A320neo, who have written to Air Malta to congratulate the airline on this achievement and be the first airline to operate with this type of aircraft into Florence airport.

The Fiorentina team’s visit in Malta generated a lot of enthusiasm amongst the Viola Club Malta supporters and football lovers all over the islands and culminated in a triangular tournament with Maltese PremierLeague sides Hibernians and Gżira United.

Whilst Europe was experiencing a very cold spell with heavy snow falls in many cities, the team was greeted with blue skies throughout their stay on the Maltese Islands. This permitted the club to undergo intensivetraining at the Malta Football Association’s Training Grounds in Ta’ Qali.

Various international football clubs are increasingly choosing Malta for their mid-season training camps since the islands offer great training facilities, local support, ancillary services, flight connections and a temperate climate.

Top Photo: Air Malta. The photo shows the Fiorentina football team together with Capt. Emvic Debono, Air Malta’s Chief Officer Flight Operations, and the crew of the flight headed by Capt. Mark Micallef. Photo: Daniel Balzan.

Air Malta to fly to 27 destinations this winter

"Nickelodeon" promotional special livery

Air Malta is setting its sights on extending its record passenger growth numbers into the Winter season with the start of its winter flight schedule this week.

On the back of unprecedented passenger traffic during the summermonths, the airline’s strategy sees a new focus for the winter, with 27 scheduled destinations, an increase of nine destinations over last year. The result is a 40 per cent capacity increase covering a selection of 300 weekly departures.

Air Malta is committed to growing inbound and outbound tourism especially during the shoulder and winter periods. The airline aims to offer a diverse selection of main city and hub airports and a high level of frequencies to and from Malta, giving passengers optimum choice and optimum value for money as well as several options to connect beyond to/from airports nor served with direct flights.

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Several of the new routes launched in the last 12 months have proven to be highly successful and will subsequently be retained, including Lisbon, Cagliari, Malaga, Casablanca, and Kiev.

The 5th Freedom flights between Catania and Vienna and between Catania and London Southend will also be retained.

Hamburg landmark Wasserschloss

Meanwhile, the German market, which has for many years been a mainstay to both the airline and the country’s tourism success, will be given renewed focus.

The airline will be placing a lot of new capacity and investing in the German market by adding three new destinations; the capital Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. With double daily flights to Munich, five weekly to Frankfurt and a twice weekly flights to Dusseldorf, Air Malta is making sure to cover the German market with 50 weekly departures to and from six airports.

This Winter (November – March) Air Malta will operate direct flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Cagliari, Catania, Casablanca, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Leipzig, Lisbon, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Southend, Kiev, Malaga, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Palermo, Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly, Rome, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Vienna and Zurich. The airline will also operate flights between Catania – Vienna, Catania – London Southend and Cagliari – London Southend.

The winter schedule started on October 28, 2018 and runs up to the end of March 2019.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Air Malta): Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NEO (msn 7875) (Nickelodeon) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 943708.

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Ryanair and Air Malta join forces in an on-line sales partnership

Ryanair and Air Malta have jointly announced that the Irish carrier will cooperate on sales and marketing initiatives by selling Air Malta flights from its website ryanair.com as from today. This win-win milestone agreement for both parties will offer Ryanair’s 139 million customers an even greater choice of destinations whilst also boosting Air Malta’s ticket sales through this new distribution channel in overseas markets where Ryanair traditionally is stronger.

This partnership is the latest initiative delivered under Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” customerexperience program and falls in line with Air Malta’s successful growth strategy and vision to be the airline of the Mediterranean.

Speaking at the press conference organised to launch this initiative, Air Malta’s Chairman Dr Charles Mangion said, “This is a landmark agreement were both airlines are cooperating together for the benefit of their mutual customers. Over the last year Air Malta has made significant improvements not only to expand its network of destinations with more frequencies and destinations but also changing its product in terms of fare structure and onboard service. This agreement will also help Air Malta increase its visibility in overseas markets and tap into new revenue streams. We look forward to further cooperation between the two airlines for the benefit of our clients”.

“We are really enthusiastic to enter into this partnership with Europe’s largest airline. Through this agreement we will offer Ryanair’s customers our most popular lowest hand luggage only Go-Light fares introduced last year. This is only stage one of our cooperation, we are looking forward to continue working with Ryanair on more exciting projects such as creating more and better connections between the Air Malta and Ryanair. This would essentially offer choice at the best value,“ added Paul Sies, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer.

David O’Brien, Ryanair Chief Commercial Officer said “We are pleased to announce this excitingpartnership with Air Malta, which allows our 139m customers to browse and book flights on 21 new routes from Malta to exciting cities in Austria, Czechia, Israel, Morocco, Russia, Switzerland, Tunisia and Ukraine, in addition to over 300 existing destinations available on the Ryanair.comwebsite, the world’s largest travel website, which receives over 50m unique visitors every month. This partnership is the latest AGB enhancement as we continue our journey to becoming the‘Amazon of travel.’ Ryanair offers 53 routes to/from Malta, and now our customers can enjoy evenmore routes, making Ryanair.com the ideal choice for families, leisure travel and business customers.”

Dr Konrad Mizzi, Malta’s Minister for Tourism added, “This strategic initiative is an important development which will give Air Malta access to a new sales channel. This partnership will further accelerate Air Malta’s growth strategy and ambitions.

This project was made possible through the extensive cooperation of both airline’s IT teams that worked together to achieve seamless integration between the two airline systems.

Air Malta takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo in a special livery

Air Malta made this announcement on social media:

Welcome home 9H-NEO, a brand new 180-seater Airbus A320neo has joined Air Malta’s fleet as the 10th aircraft. It is branded @Nickelodeon in anticipation of next year’s Nickelodeon Treasure Hunt, an event for families set to take place in Malta between April 13-18, 2019.

The pictured Airbus A320-251N 9H-NEO (msn 7875) was officially handed over to the carrier on June 5, 2018.

Photo: Air Malta.

Air Malta starts new routes to Southend, Cagliari and Catania

"Valletta - European Capital of Culture 2018"

Last weekend Air Malta started its much anticipated flights between Malta to London Southend, Malta to Cagliari and flights between London Southend, Catania and Cagliari Airports. Air Malta will continue to operate these routes in winter 2018/9.

The Maltese airline started operating a twice weekly flight to Cagliari in Sardinia every Wednesday and Sunday, a twice weekly flight to Catania every Monday and Thursday and three times weekly to Malta every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. Customers travelling to/from London Southend can also opt to travel via Catania or Cagliari thus connecting Malta and London Southend with a daily flight.

Top Copyright Photo (others by Air Malta): Air Malta (airmalta.com) Airbus A320-214 9H-AEO (msn 2768) (Valletta – European Capital of Culture 2018) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941852.

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