BBADXB
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Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Wed Nov 15, 2006 3:48 pm

I have been following Air Malta very closely over the last several years and I observed that KM often operates two flights (nonstop) to the same airport from Malta, often within less than half an hour between each flight. This was particularly the case last summer. For example, on certain days of the week, we had two flights to ORY, AMS, LGW, MUC, FRA, DUS, HAM, TXL, FCO, MXP, NAP, VIE, OSL, ARN, DME, and other European airports leaving within minutes of each other, operated by two A319s, or two A320s, or an A319 and an A320. Some of these flights were scheduled, some were extra scheduled flights and some were charter flights. Should Air Malta consider leasing a larger aircraft for the summer 2007 schedule or part thereof? I think that an A330, an A300, a 767, or an A310 (or even an A321) would do the trick. I also think that on the days where there's no need to operate a widebody, the extra capacity could be used for European destinations from which there is usually a high demand for seats, say MAN, and lower fares so as to fill-up the extra capacity. I think that this may also save on overall costs such as handling, fuel, etc.

What do you think?
 
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RE: Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Wed Nov 15, 2006 10:25 pm

Well doesn't it seem that they have too many aircraft as it is? If they were to hire a B767 and cut all these flights that the A320s and A319s operate, what would the Airbusses do? Hang around losing money?
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Knightsofmalta
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RE: Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Thu Nov 16, 2006 12:54 am

Well they did operate an A. 310 a couple of years ago. First the leased one from SN and then one from LH. They were used on both flights to DXB, which has since been cancelled, as well as to European destinations. But as far as I know, in the end they decided that the whole thing cost more money than it earned?
 
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RE: Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:03 am

I don't share your view. In winter, they might have excess aircraft in the fleet (some of which they lease out, e.g. A320 to LN), but in summer, it's the other way round... so much so that when there's some long delay with one of their aircraft, it's not unusual that it sends their timetable in tilt with the delay knocking onto their other flights for a couple of days, as had happened last summer.
 
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RE: Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:08 am

@ Knightsofmalta: I don't know whether the whole A310 thing was profitable or not.

This summer, I remember that Air Malta had to rope in a Tristar from some Portuguese charter company to stitch up the delays they were incurring.

Moreover, there have been reports in the Italian and Swiss media that Air Malta is basing an aircraft in CTA next summer, and will operate CTA-CMN, CTA-BCN, CTA-MUC, and CTA-GVA-XXX, along with 5x weekly CTA-LGW.

Has anyone got info about what destination might be served from GVA which they can please post? Thanks.
 
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RE: Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:12 am

Air Malta will also continue to operate MLA-CTA, but apparently, the frequencies will be further cut back.
 
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RE: Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Thu Nov 16, 2006 1:19 am

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 2):
Well they did operate an A. 310 a couple of years ago. First the leased one from SN and then one from LH.

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RE: Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Thu Nov 16, 2006 4:18 am

Quoting BBADXB (Reply 4):
This summer, I remember that Air Malta had to rope in a Tristar from some Portuguese charter company to stitch up the delays they were incurring.

But the Tristar was just a short term solution because one of their Airbuses was involved in an incident with an airbridge at BRU and the capacity shortages resulted from that aircraft having to be taken out of service for inspection. I know becasue I should have been flying KM back to BSL when that happened. The flight was delayed by 11 hours but KM were really good. Gave us free food, took us to the Jerma Palace Hotel in Marsascala to get some sleep, the lot.
 
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RE: Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:03 pm

Glad you had a good experience, not withstanding the mishap.
 
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RE: Should Air Malta Get A Larger A/c For Summer 2007?

Sat Nov 18, 2006 6:36 pm

Definitely! I thought they were really good. The only problem with Air Malta's staff though, is that they don't have any training in customer service at all. Instead of constantly keeping passengers informed about what was going on, like why delay and how long, they waited 4 hours before they finally announced that the flight would be delayed by another 8 hours. That took a lot of the passengers completely by surprise and despite all KM did, they still wouldn't stop complaining.