Category Archives: Air Malta

Air Malta to add five new routes for the summer 2018 season

Malta - airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A319-111 9H-AEL (msn 2332) LHR (SPA). Image: 926424.

Air Malta will start operating a twice weekly scheduled service to the city of Malaga every Monday and Friday from March 26, 2018. This is the first time that the Maltese airline is introducing scheduled services to the city and through this route, Air Malta will be resuming its services to Spain.

The flight schedule will operate as follows:

Monday

KM590

Dep.

Malta

19:35

Arr.

Malaga

22:30

KM591

Dep.

Malaga

23:30

Arr.

Malta

02:15

 

 

Friday

KM590

Dep.

Malta

05:25

Arr.

Malaga

08:20

KM591

Dep.

Malaga

09:10

Arr.

Malta

11:55

 

 

Air Malta will also be operating twice-weekly summer service to Lisbon (effective March 25, 2018), and weekly service to St. Petersburg (March 30, 2018) and Stockholm (Arlanda) (May 1, 2018) and three weekly flights to Venice (March 26, 2018).

Copyright Photo: Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A319-111 9H-AEL (msn 2332) LHR (SPA). Image: 926424.

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Air Malta launches its “Sky Spa” experience onboard

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Air Malta (Luqa, Malta) has issued this statement and photos:

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Air Malta on July 16 launched – The Sky Spa – the first ever free in-flight spa experience onboard a commercial short-haul flight.

Flights KM 116/7 to/from London Gatwick were chosen to introduce the innovative exclusive onboard service of spa treatments which no other airline offers free of charge to passengers travelling in Economy.

This initiative was made possible by teaming up with Myoka Spas, well known in the spa and beauty industry in Malta. It will be available on selected flights.

Two professional therapists welcomed passengers with various beauty product samples and later pampered them with complimentary and luxurious treatments including hand, feet and neck massages whilst listening to relaxing music.

Air Malta’s lucky customers were also presented with a 20€ voucher for use at any Myoka Spa in Malta, making it a truly unforgettable surprise.

This experience is just the beginning and part of a series of similar projects that Air Malta will be launching in the near future aimed at enhancing customers experience and showing that the airline Cares More.

Photos: Air Malta.

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Air Malta and KLM sign a code-share agreement

Air Malta (Luqa) and KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (Amsterdam) have signed a code-share agreement whereby KLM will place its code and flight numbers on flights operated by Air Malta between Malta and Amsterdam.

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Starting with immediate effect this agreement will enable KLM to offer their customers daily services between the Dutch capital and Malta. Air Malta’s flights to/from Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport will connect with KLM’s extensive global network.

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The flights will be operated by the Maltese airline with Airbus A319/A320 aircraft (above).

With this code-share agreement, the two airlines’ customers will benefit from new services, such as through check-in for passengers with connections.

 

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 9H-AEK (msn 2291) approaches the runway at London (Heathrow).

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Air Malta joins the growing list of airlines and changes its cockpit policies

Air Malta (Malta) has updated its Cockpit Policy and issued this statement:

The devastating airline incident this week has sparked a discussion around the world about how crew policies can be improved to enhance passenger safety.

Our thoughts are with the family members of these passengers as well as our colleagues around the world.

Air Malta is committed to continually improving its safety policies and maintaining its impeccable safety record.

In light of this, we have decided with immediate effect to make it compulsory to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times.

This measure complements our other security procedures already in place.

Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A319-112 9H-AEH (msn 2122) taxies at Zurich Airport (Kloten).

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Air Malta to fly to Oran, Algeria this summer

Air Malta (Luqa), Malta’s National Airline, is planning to open up a new route to Oran, Algeria’s second largest city. The twice weekly frequency is expected to operate every Monday and Thursday from  July 20 to August 31.

Starting from its modest beginnings with 53,500 passengers transported in the first year of operation, Air Malta now carries an average of 1.8 million passengers every year and has, since its first flight operated on April 1, 1974, transported over 39 million passengers to and from Malta.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Promoting the destination of Malta in its livery, Airbus A319-111 9H-AEL (msn 2332) climbs away from London’s Heathrow Airport.

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Air Malta halves its yearly loss to $20.3 million

Air Malta (Luqa) has been working hard to turn around the company. The airline cut its yearly loss by half and issued this report:

Air Malta halved its losses during the financial year ending March 2014 and is projecting to maintain its position for the year ending March 2015, despite several major setbacks such as the closure of the Libyan routes and increased competition in the peak summer months.

Audited figures announced during the Air Malta Annual General Meeting showed that the airline posted a loss of €16 million ($20.3 million) for the year ending at the end of March 2014, compared to €31 million ($39.4 million) loss registered during the financial year ending at the end of March 2013.

The numbers show that Air Malta is moving in the right direction according to its Restructuring Plan, although it did not manage to reach the more ambitious annual targets of a €15 million loss in 2013 and a profit in 2014.

Air Malta chairperson Maria Micallef said the current financial year had been directly hit by the closure of the Libyan routes (losing the airline around €1 million per month, including incremental revenue from transit business) and a 20% increase in seat capacity of other airlines in the peak months.

“We were informed that our revenues would be hit by 10% and the bottom line was forecasted to be a loss of €25 million, unless immediate preventive actions were taken. We set ourselves a target that under these circumstances we try and target a bottom line of a loss of €16 million for Year ending March 2015,” said Ms Micallef, who was appointed chairperson in July.

Ms Micallef also highlighted the importance of thinking about the long term strategy of Air Malta, beyond the restructuring plan.

“In the longer term, it remains clear to me that the realities of the industry are such that the airline’s profit margins will always remain wafer thin unless we rethink our business model to truly ensure viability. We need to get out of restructuring mode and start thinking of long-term sustainability beyond 2016. We will need the economies of scale that we can never achieve with our size,” she said.

“If we are to make this work – and I am confident we will – we need everyone’s support. In some cases, this means holding back. That is my message to politicians, both Government and Opposition. The same applies to all the representatives of the various stakeholders, who for the first time have been invited to this AGM.”

“The reality is that this is Air Malta’s last chance for long term survival. We have 17 months left to get this right,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, newly-appointed CEO Philip Micallef outlined his vision for the airline and highlighted a number of initiatives being taken to bring the airline to profitability by 2016.

“One of the key missions of this new management team is to work much more closely with Malta Tourism Authority and other key stakeholders. MTA and Air Malta have a joint responsibility to attract tourism to the Maltese islands. In the past, the two entities complemented each other’s work but did not combine their resources as effectively as they could. We are holding joint meetings with tourism operators in various markets as Air Malta seeks to intensify its presence in foreign markets. We have entered into a new era of positive collaboration,” he said.

Similar joint initiatives are happening with Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) and Federated Association of Travel & Tourism Agents (FATTA).

“Our approach has been particularly successful with German tour operators, where committed seats have increased by 300% in winter 2014/15. Similar encouraging results are already being achieved on our Amsterdam and Brussels routes. Our code-share with Air France is doing even better, with a ten-fold increase in passenger revenue,” Mr Micallef told the AGM.

“At the end of summer we launched an aggressive promotion with a 25% discount, for travel from November 2014, to get early bookings for winter. In aggregate, early bookings for winter strongly indicate that we could start to mitigate the losses in passengers from Libya and slow-down in Russia through increased sales on other routes,” he said.

Mr Micallef said Air Malta now needed to improve its IT systems to facilitate customer experience and increase revenue by providing a more attractive pricing system for passengers.

“In the face of increased supply on some of our core routes during the peak summer months, we must respond by taking advantage of additional revenue streams. We are starting with generating ancillary revenue pre-flight through product enhancements and the right technology to promote the sale of these products. We are also looking at developing ancillary products while on board,” he said.

Copyright Photo: Jacques Guillem/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Malta Airbus A320-214 9H-AEO (msn 2768) in the special Valletta – European Capital of Culture 2018 color scheme taxies at Paris (Orly).

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Air Malta Airbus A320 flies in formation with the RAF Red Arrows at the 2014 Malta International Airshow

Air Malta (Luqa, Malta) celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a special Airbus A320 formation flypast with the Royal Air Force Red Arrows at the 2014 Malta International Airshow.

Video: Air Malta.