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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.

Airbus celebrates 40 years of the A300 in service

Airbus (Toulouse) has issued tho statement regarding the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the Airbus A300 with Air France (Paris):

Airbus is proud to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the entry into service of its first aircraft – the A300B – operated by Air France as the launch customer.

Air France A300B2 delivery (Airbus)(LR)

Above Copyright Photo: Airbus. The first A300 is handed over to Air France.

Today leading the aviation industry, Airbus was focused at the very outset on innovation, by designing the A300B as the world’s first twin-engine widebody.

Moreover, the success of that program and the philosophy to innovate has been the cornerstone of Airbus’ ongoing success story.

Starting in 1974, 878 A300/A310 Family aircraft have been manufactured. Even today, over 400 of these are still in service with 65 customers.

Top Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A300B2-1A F-BVGA (msn 005) is beautifully portrayed in the original 1974 livery at the Paris (CDG). The A300 was delivered to Air France on May 10, 1974.

Air France: AG Slide Show

Air Malta celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a 1974 retrojet with a special flight over Malta

Air Malta A320-200 9H-AEI (74)(Tko) MLA (MBZ)(LRW)

Air Malta (www.airmalta.com) (Luqa) has painted its Airbus A320-214 9H-AEI (msn 2189) (above) in the original 1974 livery to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. The airliner was unveiled today with a special flight over the island of Malta:

The airline issued this statement:

Air Malta will this afternoon (April 16) surprise the islands with a freshly-painted aircraft to kick-start its 40th anniversary celebrations.

Air Malta registered aircraft 9H-AEI will be operating flight KM 40, appropriately selected for the occasion, and will be arriving in Malta after being repainted in Ostrava (Czech Republic). The aircraft was on a long-term lease to Interjet in Mexico.

The aircraft will be performing two low flypasts on runway 31 and overfly the island before landing, at around 6 pm.

It will fly over the Grand Harbour, Sliema, the northern coastline of Malta, Mosta, Qrendi and Birzebbugia.

The aircraft will be welcomed at Malta International Airport this evening during an event being hosted by Air Malta.

Air Malta 9H-AEI Flight Path (Air Malta)(LR)

Air Malta 40th Anniversary banner

The first flight, from Malta to London Heathrow, took off on April 1, 1974 (see below). According to the airline, “the passengers onboard the Boeing 720B aircraft were mostly journalists and travel agents flying to meet their British counterparts for a six-hour reception in London. ”

Air Malta 4.1.74 Inaugural Flight (Air Malta)(LR)

Top Copyright Photo: Malcolm Bezzina. Airbus A320-214 9H-AEI soars beautifully over Malta today in its retro look. All other photos by Air Malta.

Air Malta Slide Show (aircraft over the years): AG Slide Show


Air China introduces “Smiling China”, its 10th new Boeing 777-300 ER

Air China (Beijing) at a ceremony held today (October 30), received a newly delivered Boeing 777-300 ER which has a special livery reflecting is name – “Smiling China”. It is also the 10th of the 19 Boeing 777-300 ERs to be delivered to Air China.

This special livery is a joint creation by Air China and Boeing. According to the airline, the special livery is “to do justice to this year which marks the 40th anniversary of Boeing’s entry into China. Featuring 40 Chinese smiling, confident faces on the fuselage, the livery is meant to get across the message that China is a confident, sincere, friendly and optimistic country, and the airline industry of China has been playing an important role in forging closer ties between China and the rest of the world. The 40 faces are those of 20 recognized staff members of Air China and 20 netizens. Each of them has interesting stories to tell about China’s airline industry – they are pilots who have flown all over the world, ground handling staff who make sure that everything goes without a hitch, technicians who take good care of the aircraft and passengers who have seen the world.”

Currently, Air China is using its Boeing 777-300 ERs on international routes from Beijing to Frankfurt, Los Angeles and Paris as well as on the domestic trunk routes from Beijing to Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Chengdu.

Copyright Photo: Air China. Boeing 777-39L ER B-2035 (msn 38674) is seen today on the ramp at Paine Field near Everett.

Air China: