This is from the Air Malta Website
Preparations are ready at Air Malta for the prestigious task of flying Pope John Paul II back to Rome on the 9th May.
The National Airline had set up an inter-departmental committee to liase with the Vatican and the Maltese Curia for this purpose.
The aircraft chosen for the flight, scheduled to leave tomorrow at 7 P.M., is one of Air Malta's own Airbus A320, which will be specially configured for the occasion. There will be three cabins : the Papal Suite at the front, a middle cabin for the Church Prelates and the other dignitaries accompanying the Pope, and a rear cabin for media representatives covering the Pope's journey. All seats headrests have been specially manufactured with the Papal emblem.
Air Malta has printed a commemorative brochure and prepared souvenirs for this event which will be given to His Holiness and all the other passengers on the flight.
Air Malta Chairman Mr. Louis Grech will be on the special flight accompanying the Pope back to Rome.
The flight has been designated as KM1002 and will be operated by Captain Joseph M. Farrugia. KM1002 was chosen in view of its calendar reference to the 10th of February, St. Paul's Shipwreck day.
His Holiness will be welcomed on board by Captain Farrugia in Maltese, English, Italian and Polish.
This is the second time Air Malta has been honoured with the privilege of flying the Pope to Rome. On the 27th of May 1990, he travelled on an Air Malta Boeing 737-200 Advanced aircraft after a historic three-day Papal visit to Malta.
Tuesday, 08 May 2001