propilotjw
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Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:25 am

I have never been to Malta and don't know that much about it. A friend and I might be going there soon. Anything to know about?

What kind of a/c does British Airways fly there. AA.com says the flight leaves from Heathrow and britishairways.com says it leaves from Gatwick....any clue?
 
star_world
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:45 am

As far as I know all the flights are operated by GB Airways, a subsidiary of BA. They operate out of LGW, and the flight will be operated by either an A320 or A321.

GB Airways have a very good reputation, many people believe their service is better than BA shorthaul. Can't say myself as I've never flown them, but it shouldn't be too bad!
 
Horus
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:46 am

Hey Propilotjw,

BA have a daily service on the LGW-MLA route. They flights are operated by GB Airways. Flights are operated with a mixture of A320s and A321s.

I've been to MLA four times. Three times I was simply transiting there with KM on the LHR-MLA-CAI route. The fourth time I went there on holiday with a group of friends (went with Monarch Airline). The place is fantastic and the people are great, but be careful the weather out of season (October-May) is very cold.

Horus

Edit: you beat me to it Star_world  Smile

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madhatter
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 9:48 am

BA flights to Malta depart from Gatwick and also as of next summer from Manchester. They are operated by GB Airways though not BA mainline. This is an independent franchise operator. The aircraft will be on an A320 or A321 just look on the ba website to check out which for which specific day.
Madhatter

Edit - You both beat me to it!!

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AIR MALTA
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 4:55 pm

I have been to Malta 6 times now and it is a fantastic places to visit... Although the island is small, there are many things to see : Valletta, Mdina, the temples in Mnejdra, Hagar Qim and Gjantija (Gozo), Gozo, Blue Grotto, the fishermen port of Marsaxlokk and the amazing Dingli Cliffs.

Concerning BA's operations, they fly there 8 times weekly in winter with a mix of A320 and A321 operated by franshise partner GB airways. They fly out of LGW. I have never been on those flights as I always got to Malta from Tunis with Air Malta. If you can afford it, you can also incluse a short week end in Tunis for as little as 180 euros if you book early.
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JINX
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Tue Nov 30, 2004 5:33 pm

Why not try Air Malta, they fly to/from most UK airports & have a very modern fleet of B737`s & A320 size aircraft (www.airmalta.com).
 
propilotjw
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:27 am

Air Malta is also a bit pricy compared to BA... and BA gets me freq. flyer miles  Smile
 
bennett123
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Wed Dec 01, 2004 9:37 am


I went in 2002.

We flew out on A321 G-TTIA of GB Airways, (a beautiful plane). The service is also better than BA. I flew back on B737 G-OGBC.

There are a number of points of interest.

1. The War Museum in Valletta.

2.Safi which had a C47 and 3 BAC 111. Leave the airport take a left hander, follow the road until the bridge which passes under the runway and then take another left hander.

You will see a gantry by the fence. The locals climb up it, and security does not seem to mind. You can then see the runway/taxiway from the other side.

If you look away from the runway, you will see Safi.

3. The Air Museum at T'Qali.

4. There is also a spectator gallery upstairs at the airport. Much of the traffic is routine, but I saw a B727 owned by the Nomads (N727M) and a B727 and F28 of Libyan Arab Airlines 5A-DIH and 5A-DLV).

It is well worth checking the OAG Gazetter.
 
BBADXB
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:34 am


You may also be interested in visiting the aviation museum at Ta' Qali.

I concur that GB Airways have a somewhat better service than mainline BA. GB Airways fly in from LGW daily on A320 or A321 equipment, going up to 12x weekly in summer, and as of May 2005, a nonstop flight from MAN a coupla times a week. Having said that, I'd prefer a LHR mainline BA service!

www.visitmalta.com may be useful.

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BBADXB
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:36 am


There's also a daily flight from FRA on LH. Last summer, LH had a 5x weekly service from STR. Condor also flies into MLA. Alitalia has daily all-year round flights from both MXP and FCO.
 
richardw
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 1:18 am

My nearest airport is LGW and I fly GT a lot. They do have excellent, highly trained cabin crew that really do care about the passengers having a good flight.
I'd do a search on orbitz or expedia to see who offers the best through journey from your nearest airport in the US to MLA.
 
Xkorpyoh
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RE: Flying To Malta..ever Been?

Thu Dec 02, 2004 3:01 am

Air Malta now has low-fare flights out of stansted to Malta on 733.

I loved my Malta trip. there is a lot to see in these two small islands (Gozo is the other..go by ferry). They seem to have churches in almost every corner. The historical sites are very interesting.