It isn't a subcontract for Air Atlanta Europe. The flight is an Air Malta operation that uses the EUK code for licensing reasons.
As a non-UK, non-Egyptian airline Air Malta are not permitted to operate direct service between the UK and Egypt, if they wanted to fly the route under their own licenses Air Malta would have to schedule a stop in Malta in both directions.
By wet-leasing the aircraft to Air Atlanta Europe for their UK-SSH flights, the service can be flown by Air Malta under Air Atlanta Europe's UK route authority.
Air Malta have aircraft based in both BHX
this winter operating short-haul charters, but the SSH flights use the EUK code for the reasons I've just mentioned.
Not all Air Malta's UK-based A320s have IFE, so come prepared with plenty to entertain yourself...
The crew will operate out and back, it is feasible in a single flight duty period.
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It will probably be the same crew doing the inbound and outbound flights. All UK charter carriers have dispensation from the CAA to operate UK-Egypt-UK flights with one crew.
You don't actually require any special dispensation from the CAA, in virtually all cases UK-SSH-UK flights can be operated within a normal max FDP.
At First Choice Airways a level 2 variation was applied to early SSH flights, but this was discontinued some time ago and I can't recall the last time a LXR/SSH/TCP flight went into discretion.