Sunday, 1 March 2020

Air Malta and Qatar Airways sign new codeshare deal

Qatar Airways has signed a comprehensive codeshare agreement with Air Malta, the two carriers have confirmed this week.  This new special partnership follows on from the Doha based airline introducing a direct flight to Malta last June.

The codeshare agreement increases Malta’s connectivity with the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia, by enabling Air Malta’s passengers to travel on Qatar Airways’ flights to Doha and onwards to more than 170 destinations.

Qatar Airways’ passengers will also benefit from greater access to Malta and to Air Malta’s extensive Mediterranean network. Codeshare destinations include Cagliari, Palermo and Catania.

Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr Akbar Al Baker, said: “When we launched services to Malta in June 2019, I stated this was just the beginning of our long term commitment to boosting trade and tourism between our two countries. This agreement with Air Malta will provide significant benefits to both airlines and thousands of passengers, expanding both of our networks and setting the foundation to further enhance cooperation in other fields in the future.”

Air Malta Chief Executive Officer, Captain Cliff Chetcuti, said: “This agreement is yet another milestone for Air Malta in its growth strategy and widening of its codesharing network. It was a natural step for us after Qatar Airways launched direct scheduled services to our Islands and the successful cooperation on pilot training. Both Air Malta and Qatar Airways share the same quality service commitment towards their customers and through this codeshare agreement we are enhancing our cooperation to the benefit of our mutual customers.”

Qatar Airways began flying to Malta on 4 June 2019 (pictured below is the first flight)  with daily flights in the summer and a four-times-weekly service during winter.

A multiple award-winning airline, Qatar Airways was named ‘World’s Best Airline’ by the 2019 World Airline Awards, managed by the international air transport rating organisation Skytrax. It was also named ‘Best Airline in the Middle East’, ‘World’s Best Business Class’, and ‘Best Business Class Seat’, in recognition of its ground-breaking Business Class experience, Qsuite. It is the only airline to have been awarded the coveted “Skytrax Airline of the Year” title, which is recognised as the pinnacle of excellence in the airline industry, five times.

Qatar Airways currently operates a modern fleet of more than 250 aircraft via its hub, Hamad International Airport (HIA), to more than 170 destinations worldwide. The world’s fastest-growing airline will add a number of exciting new destinations to its growing network in 2020, including Osaka, Japan; Santorini, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Almaty and Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Accra, Ghana; Cebu, Philippines; Trabzon, Turkey; Lyon, France; Siem Reap, Cambodia; and Luanda, Angola.

Air Malta is the national carrier of Malta, serving over 40 destinations from its hub at Malta International Airport (MLA). The Airline started operations on 1 April 1974 with seven scheduled services across Europe and North Africa and two wet-leased aircraft. The airline now operates a fleet of 10 Airbus A320ceo and A320neo aircraft. From 52,000 passengers carried in its first year, Air Malta now carries 2 million passengers yearly, and over the course of its history transported over 55 million passengers safely to and from the Maltese Islands.

The Maltese Airline was voted amongst the ‘Best Regional Airlines in Europe’ at the 19th edition of the Skytrax World Airline Awards™ 2019.

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