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Air Malta celebrates 45 years of flying

Malta - airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NEO (msn 7875) (Nickelodeon) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943577.

Air Malta is celebrating the 45th anniversary since operating its first flight on the April 1, 1974. Starting with just 53,500 passengers carried in the first year of operation with two wet leased aircraft, Air Malta now carries over 2 million passengers every year and operates with ten aircraft.

Over the years the Maltese Airline transported over 56 million passengers, operated over 1.2 million flights and flown over 775 million kilometres.

Speaking during at a press conference in London Heathrow’s airportto commemorate this event, Minister for Tourism Dr Konrad Mizzi hailed Air Malta’s efforts to open up new tourism markets for the Islands and the airline strong contribution to the islands GDP. He said,“Air Malta’s history is a reflection of the Islands’ self-determination andits willingness to succeed when faced with challenging times. It’s astory of commitment to the Islands by way of the support it gives to the economic and cultural wellbeing of the Islands. Air Malta is thestandard bearer of our nation and it’s our duty and obligation to workto the best of our abilities to expand its operations, see it grow and celebrate the next 45 years.” He added, “The Maltese Government is committed to Make Malta the most UK friendly country after Brexit and thus there are ongoing discussions with key stakeholders including the Malta International Airport and the Malta Tourism Authority to introduce such measures.”

Air Malta’s Chairman Dr Mangion added, “During these 45 years, Air Malta has developed a reputable brand both domestically and within Europe. The Air Malta brand is founded primarily on its safety record, the quality of its maintenance processes, its service and performance. The airline was instrumental in opening up and connecting Malta to the rest of the world and in the process diversifying and opening up new tourism markets for the local tourism industry. If it was not for the foresight of having a national airline and the continued efforts and investments from it over these years, the local tourism industry would be nowhere close to where it is today. The airline has proved to be catalyst for Malta’s growth in diverse areas.”

London Heathrow’s Head of Customer Relations and Service, LukeBurton said, “We are really happy to celebrate this achievement together with Air Malta. Such achievements are based on successful relationships and we look forward to continue our successful collaborations for many more years to come”.

Short history of Air Malta

Air Malta was setup by a Resolution of Malta’s House of Representatives, on March 21, 1973. The airline was registered as a limited liability company on March 30, 1973 and operated its first flight a year later on the April 1, 1974.

The airline was set up with the primary aim to establish, maintain, develop and operate air transport services to and from Malta which, by the carriage of passengers, freight and mail, serve the national interest.

Air Malta started flying operations with two wet-leased Boeing 720Bs (above) from Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) operating its first flights to London and Rome. The first routes operated by the airline were London, Birmingham, Manchester, Rome, Frankfurt, Paris and Tripoli. Air Malta now serves 40 destinations with around 18,000 yearly flights to Europe, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.

Air Malta (2nd) (TAP Air Portugal) Boeing 707-3F5C CS-TBU (msn 20515) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 932483.

Above Copyright Photo: Air Malta (2nd) (TAP Air Portugal) Boeing 707-3F5C CS-TBU (msn 20515) ORY (Jacques Guillem). Image: 932483.

Today the airline is one of the most important Maltese organisations not only assisting the tourism sector but also providing businesses that operate on the islands with a wide distribution network abroad for the carriage of passengers and cargo.

Air Malta is proud to celebrate its 45th Anniversary since its first flight, acknowledging the contribution of all those people who believed in it from its inception and to those staff members who have worked and contributed to it development for the past 45 years. The airline is also especially thankful to its loyal customers who have supported it throughout these years.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Malta – airmalta.com (Air Malta 2nd) Airbus A320-251N WL 9H-NEO (msn 7875) (Nickelodeon) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 943577.

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airBaltic reports a net profit of 5.4 million euros in 2018

"Riga" - "Latvia 100" - celebrating 100 years in Latvia

airBaltic continued its growth in 2018 and achieved strong financial results. According to the financial results for 2018, for the first time in the company’s history airBaltic has achieved EUR 400 million revenue, while the net income has grown by more than 40% compared to 2017, reaching EUR 5.4 million.

 

2018 2017 Change %
Revenue EUR 408.7 million EUR 347.7 million +18%
Net income EUR 5.4 million EUR 3.7 million +46%
Passengers 4.1 million 3.5 million +17%
Flights 56 261 50 093 +12%
Employees (year-end) 1 581 1 410 +12%

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSL (msn 55041) (Latvia 100) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 946104.

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airBaltic starts Riga – Stuttgart flights

airBaltic yesterday, on March 31, 2019, launched the second summer route connecting Riga and Stuttgart, Germany. In additon, this evening airBaltic will start flights between Riga and Lviv, Ukraine.   

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Riga–Stuttgart  4 flights weekly March 31, 2019 49 EUR 105 EUR 399 EUR
Riga–Lviv 4 flights weekly April 1, 2019 49 EUR 115 EUR 399 EUR

airBaltic will operate both routes – Riga–Stuttgart and Riga–Lviv – four times a week. Passengers will travel to Stuttgart with Airbus A220-300 aircraft and the flight will last 2 hours and 15 minutes, but to Lviv airBaltic will fly Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft and the flight is scheduled to last an hour and 50 minutes.

In other news, airBaltic on March 31, 2019, launched scheduled flights between Riga and Dublin, Ireland. Now airBaltic flies with the most modern commercial aircraft Airbus A220-300 aircraft to Dublin four times a week.

Finally, airBaltic on March 30, 2019 in Riga welcomed its 16th Airbus A220-300 jet of 2019, registered as YL-AAP (above). This was the second Airbus A220-300 received this year and six more new aircraft will join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius.

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airBaltic receives its 15th Airbus A220-300

airBaltic on March 28, 2019 in Riga welcomed its 15th Airbus A220-300 jet of 2019, registered as YL-AAO. This was the first Airbus A220-300 received this year and seven more new aircraft will join the airline’s fleet by the end of the year.

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Below Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-AAO (msn 55050) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 946101.

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airBaltic announces new direct flights from Tallinn to Salzburg

airBaltic continues its expansion at Tallinn Airport and has announced its 13th destination from the Estonian capital to Salzburg, Austria. Winter seasonal flights between the two cities will commence on December 21, 2019.

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Tallinn – Salzburg 1 weekly December 21, 2019 129 EUR 169 EUR 369 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges, on www.airBaltic.com, subject to availability

Flights between Tallinn and Salzburg will be performed once weekly. Passengers will board an Airbus A220-300 aircraft.

From Tallinn, airBaltic offers direct flights to Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Oslo, Paris, Stockholm, Vienna and Vilnius as well as convenient connections via Riga. In June, airBaltic will also launch new direct services from Tallinn to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. For summer 2019, airBaltic will launch new direct routes from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv as well as Kos and Menorca.

airBaltic offers a new service – Heavy Cabin Baggage

airBaltic is further improving the flying experience of its passengers by offering new, convenient service. Now airBaltic passengers can purchase additional weight of four kilograms for their free cabin baggage allowance for a price starting at EUR 8.99. By using the service, the total cabin bag allowance can reach a total weight of up to 12 kilograms. 

Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “Extra cabin baggage weight is an innovative product that isn’t offered among most other airlines. We constantly monitor passenger travel habits, which have clearly shown there is a demand for such a service. It addresses those passengers, who need more than eight kilograms, but are reluctant to purchase checked baggage.”

To evaluate the new service, for data collection purposes airBaltic also weighed cabin baggage of over 2000 of its passengers. On select routes the proportion of overweight cabin baggage reached 15%, clearly showing that a proportion of passengers require additional weight.

All Economy class passengers of airBaltic will still be allowed to carry on board one cabin bag (55x40x23 cm) and one personal item (30x40x10 cm) with a total weight of eight kilograms free or charge. In case a passenger purchases extra cabin baggage weight, the cabin bag still may not exceed 55x40x23 cm dimensions. The service is available only on flights operated by airBaltic.

It is possible to purchase the service on company’s website up until an hour before the departure as well as by contacting our call centre or travel agencies. At the airport, the passenger must be able to provide a booking confirmation or invoice if requested by the gate agent.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. In summer 2019, airBaltic will introduce launch new destinations from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv as well as Kos and Menorca.

airBaltic to launch new routes from Riga

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airBaltic will launch flights from Riga to Dublin, Stuttgart and Lviv in late March. In addition, in May, airBaltic will also add regular flights to two leisure destinations – Kos and Menorca.

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Riga – Dublin 4 flights weekly March 31, 2019 39 EUR 99 EUR 589 EUR
Riga – Stuttgart 4 flights weekly March 31, 2019 49 EUR 105 EUR 399 EUR
Riga – Lviv 4 flights weekly April 1, 2019 49 EUR 115 EUR 399 EUR
Riga – Kos 1 flight weekly May 11, 2019 79 EUR 139 EUR 499 EUR
Riga – Menorca 1 flight weekly May 12, 2019 79 EUR 139 EUR 519 EUR

*Lowest fare (one way), including taxes, fees and service charges.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East. In summer 2019, airBaltic will introduce three new destinations from Tallinn to Malaga, Brussels and Copenhagen.

Top Copyright Photo: airBaltic Airbus A220-300 (Bombardier CS300 – BD-500-1A11) YL-CSB (msn 55004) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 937371.

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