The problem was that KM
was looking for an aircraft which showed as much commonality with the other types in its fleet at the time so that it would be easier to swap one type for the other. Anybody could have told them that that was not going to work but Avro was so eager to sell them the planes, they would have promised KM
anything. However, the RJ
proved uneconomical on many of the longer route, in addition to being not very well received at all by passengers.
I flew with one of those RJs from Malta to Zurich once. I was fortunate enough to get the window seat in the first row but even so the 2h15mins to ZRH
were an ordeal!
At the time KM
was also actively pursuing a strategy to turn Malta in to a mediterranean hub. Unfortunately though, the way they went about it made it clear very early on that they wouldn't succeed. Transfer times in Malta for some connection were ridiculously long, many of the flights either arrived or departed at the most unearthly hours and frequencies between some city pairs were limited in some cases to only one flight a few! Since then a lot of things have changed at KM
and instead they appear to have retreated to being merely a point to point carrier connecting Malta to the rest of Europe. Perhaps it might have worked if they had been willing to invest in their fleet and infrastructure.