Knightsofmalta
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Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:18 pm

WELCOME!
I left off, I believe, with my outstanding KLM experience to Bergen. The day after my return from Norway, I am already off again. This time I am heading to Malta for the weekend. This marks the last trip of three in a week which also saw me travelling to Sweden and Norway. You can find those reports here:
Swiss, Brussels Airlines & Tyrolean To Stockholm (by Knightsofmalta Aug 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
With KLM To Bergen: A Quarter Of A Trip Report (by Knightsofmalta Aug 19 2012 in Trip Reports)

As some of you may already have heard, Air Malta is currently in the middle of a rebranding exercise, which includes new uniforms for the crew and also a new livery expected to debut in September 2012. That’s why I thought I’d start off this report with the two previous liveries that have adorned the Air Malta fleet through the many years.

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And here's the whole week's itinerary:
Date: 17. August 2012
From: Zurich
To: Malta
Airline: Air Malta
Aircraft: A319
Cabin: Economy
Seat: 10E, aisle on the emergency exit


AT THE AIRPORT
I’ve decided to skip the ‘GETTING TO THE AIRPORT’. Thus, my narrative begins as I make my way to the viewing gallery on the reconstruction of what used to be terminal B at Zurich airport. It’s a lovely day and quite warm. But at least there is a slight breeze going to make the temperature outside bearable. I put my rucksack in a locker and pay the CHF5 entrance for the viewing gallery. There are three ladies behind the counter and I dutifully check their nametags in case one of them might be the famous Hannah of the Infodesk. But no such luck.

The airport is calm around this time of day and save for an Air France Embraer 190 all the stands are empty.

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I really like the design of the building from the outside. From the inside it is a tad cramped. Anyway, there are step down onto the room of one of the airbridges, which allows you to get up pretty close to the aircraft.

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I also spot these here. One is a Swift MD-80. The other is a Kingfisher A330 that has been recently castrated and now sits there without engines.

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BOARDING
Eventually I decide to head airside.

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I arrive at the gate and manage to surreptitiously peek at the screen displaying the DCS information for this flight: two passengers in Business Class, 115 passengers in Economy. Not a bad load considering the holiday season is over. In actual fact though, from what I can tell from the conversations I pick up and the passports I can see, most passengers would appear to be Maltese anyway.

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The Swissport agent announces that boarding will commence shortly. She also informs us that due to the incredible heat in the airbridge, boarding by seat rows will be strictly enforced to avoid people standing in the sweltering heat too long. And true to their word to two ladies proceed to do the most orderly boarding process I have every seen. No mean feat if a bunch of Maltese are involved.

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THE CABIN
I am greeted at the door by the purser, an elderly and very friendly looking gentleman. He looks like he could be your favourite granddad. The other crew member is a young lady with stunning features: black long hair and blue eyes. She’s quite a looker and she knows it. The entire crew is wearing the new uniform and I must say it is a vast improvement over what they had.

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I grab a free copy of the Times of Malta, which is available to all passengers and laid out right by the entrance to the aircraft, and head for my seat.

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Initially I am seated on 9F, but then a couple takes the seats next to me and starts smooching wildly. Don’t get me wrong, nothing against smooching but the mere sound of others slobbering all over each other makes me want to throw up. I look behind me to find the aisle seats on the emergency row are still empty, so are the middle seats. So I quickly as a crew member if I can change. I tells me that sure I can, proviso I pay the fee for the extra leg room. The slobbering continues on row 9 and so I consent. The fee is EUR25. The seats are marked with the word ‘RESERVED’ written on the head rest covers.

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A view of my studly legs and the legroom on the exit row...
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DEPARTURE
Departure is from runway 28. These are a few pictures I took on our way there.

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SERVICE
The crew are friendly and make detailed announcements in Maltese and English, followed by a recorded message in German. Soft drinks, one beer or wine are for free. Any further alcoholic drink must be paid for.

THE MEAL
There are two options on the flight today. The vegetarian one is a tomato and mozzarella salad on iceberg lettuce. On the tray there is also a small tub of butter and a small container with salad dressing, a large bun and a cupcake. The non-vegetarian option is cheese with ham, boiled eggs and tomatoes on a bad of iceberg lettuce. The dessert is an almond filled biscuit type thing.

It’s a small meal but it serves its purpose on a flight of one hour and 50 minutes.

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ARRIVAL
Our routing takes us from Zurich to Genova and from there across the Med to Palermo in Sicily.

By the time we reach Palermo and we begin our initial descent, the sun has already started to set and the light outside look warm and balmy.

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The approach into Malta is very atmospheric. As the aircraft dips its nose and the engines go increasingly silent to slow down, a hush of anticipation spreads throughout the cabin as the tourists and Maltese alike peer out of the windows excitedly to catch a first glimpse of the islands rising out of the sea.

For most of the descent the aircraft flies head on towards Gozo, the northern island. Outside the passengers see only the vastness of the Mediterranean sea and the golden reflection of the sun dancing on the waves. But the then aircraft banks every so light to the left and suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, Gozo appears – the island of Calypso. The aircraft flies along the north-eastern coast of the island, then past Comino and then along the island of Malta proper. It’s usually at this stage the tourists cannot be amazed at how dry the island is and how few trees there are. The Maltese, like myself, look out and glance down at this small rock in the sea and attempt to conceal that yes, they are moved.

Eventually the aircraft reaches the south end of Malta. The right wing dips and draws a graceful arch across the evening sky. We round Delimara point, pass the natural harbour of Marsaxlokk and eventually line up with runway 31 as we cross over St. George’s bay. And then we land and I am home.

I wait until everybody has disembarked and then walk to the rear of the aircraft to exit through the back exit. This gives me an opportunity to take a few pictures from an unusual angle.

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I get on the bus. I even manage to take a picture of the new uniform before the doors close and we are bussed to the Schengen arrivals.

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That concludes the aviation bit of this report. I leave you with a few shots from Malta taken the next day.

Thanks for taking the time to read.

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:31 pm

Floriana Church and the Granaries.
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The driveway of the Phoenicia Hotel.
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Walking down King's Way aka Republic Street.
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Vestiges of Malta's history as a British dominion remain.
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Victoria Square.
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A few lazy natives.
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Under the Arches of the national library.
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At ten in the morning everybody meets at Cordina's or the Café Premier for Pastizzi and Kinnie or a Cappuccino. On week days this is where the important business meetings take place.
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St. John's cathedral.
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Merchant's street.
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The Prime Minster's office at the Auberge de Castille.
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The Upper Barraka gardens.
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The three cities.
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In Vittoriosa, known to the Maltese as Birgu, one of the three cities.
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Taking the water taxi across the Grand Harbour back to Valletta.
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Victoria Gate leads you back up into the city.
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The Libyan Arab Airlines office has been in the same location at city gate for as long as I can remember.
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And finally, and advert at a bus stop for Air Malta with the new logo.
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taloush
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:33 pm

Great report, as usual! I'm really digging Air Malta's new look--then again, anything is an improvement when you're coming from all-caps Times New Roman bold!

Your pics just put Malta on my "Must Visit" list! I love that Maltese is basically Arabic written in Roman alphabet haha
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:13 am

Hi William,

great report with many lovely pictures - I really need to visit Malta soon. Well, probably next year.

However, I already tried Air Malta on a recent flight from CTA to MUC (hours after taking a WindJet flight). It was an enjoyable flight on 9H-AEM, comfortable seats, airshow on the screens all the way to MUC, nice crew. I'm glad the EU approved further subsidies, would be sad to lose that nice little airline.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):

As some of you may already have heard, Air Malta is currently in the middle of a rebranding exercise, which includes new uniforms for the crew and also a new livery expected to debut in September 2012.

I like the new colors!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The other is a Kingfisher A330 that has been recently castrated and now sits there without engines.

What a sad sight. I hope these relatively new birds won't end up like the OA A340s.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Soft drinks, one beer or wine are for free. Any further alcoholic drink must be paid for.

Interesting, I didn't hear such an announcement. I had read that alcoholic drinks had to be paid for and was surprised when the friendly FA told me that the ordered beer would be free of charge.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
There are two options on the flight today. The vegetarian one is a tomato and mozzarella salad on iceberg lettuce. On the tray there is also a small tub of butter and a small container with salad dressing, a large bun and a cupcake. The non-vegetarian option is cheese with ham, boiled eggs and tomatoes on a bad of iceberg lettuce. The dessert is an almond filled biscuit type thing.

It’s a small meal but it serves its purpose on a flight of one hour and 50 minutes.

That meal looks fine, I wasn't overly satisfied with my cold meal containing soggy vegetables. And the bun wasn't great either.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
This gives me an opportunity to take a few pictures from an unusual angle.

Nice. I also like that angle...especially with an oryx on the tail.  


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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:33 am

Hello again William,

Thanks for this sneak preview into KM's new corporate identity. I believe there'r already 1 aircraft in the new colours flying around, no?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
That’s why I thought I’d start off this report with the two previous liveries that have adorned the Air Malta fleet through the many years.

Now I see the 2-in-1 I must admit that the restyling was succesful.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The airport is calm around this time of day and save for an Air France Embraer 190 all the stands are empty.

Ha ha, so that's CHF 5 to watch an AF E190  

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The slobbering continues on row 9 and so I consent. The fee is EUR25. The seats are marked with the word ‘RESERVED’ written on the head rest covers.

Funny. You might as well have started talking to them to break their 'nastiness' and pretending you didn't see it all. But hey, always a million dollar excuse for an upgrade  

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
A view of my studly legs and the legroom on the exit row...

 Wow! Hairy leg alarm!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I even manage to take a picture of the new uniform

Stylish but I haven't seen the old one so for now it doesn't get my blessing  

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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Aug 22, 2012 7:31 am

Nice TR.

Air Malta sounds like a nice little airline, and their new uniform is very classy 

Nice pictures to go along with, you have fueled my interest and I will hopefully visit Malta in October (found a nice flight on VY from BCN)

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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:09 am

Hi William,

Ah, Malta. Was there a couple of weeks ago, for one day only. I really liked Valletta, but didn't get to see much else. Your pictures bring back memories!

Anyway, nice little report, KM look ok to fly on, like most other European airlines.

Thanks for writing this TR up!

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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:33 pm

Nice that they still serve a small snack. Nice uniforms. I loved Malta and Gozo. I flew there on AZ.
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Aug 22, 2012 5:56 pm

Hi William,

You certainly are on a rampage recently with these reports, aren't you?

Good to see something about the "new" Air Malta - although me and many others judging from the feedback in our FB group strongly dislike (heck, "hate" would be the proper word) the new livery. And IMHO quite irresponsible for the management to spend millions on this new brand when the company is bleeding money left and right and only kept aloft by the steady IV drip of the Maltese taxpayer. What good is a new brand anyway, it's not like passengers choose their airline based on the color of the planes or the uniforms of the airline staff, that's just bollocks. Anyway it looks like they still are keeping some sort of service standards instead of turning into a low service airline like their biggest rival, Ryanair, which is of course very nice

Loved the pictures of Malta in the end - they brought back such nice memories from my trip there last December. I really want to go back sooner than later! For the diminutive size the islands are they certainly pack a LOT of history and interesting sights and plain fun. Plus of course the climate is just wonderful. On the way back from there I flew Air Malta MLA-VIE - it was quite a mediocre flight but by not means anything bad - just mediocre.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I tells me that sure I can, proviso I pay the fee for the extra leg room. The slobbering continues on row 9 and so I consent. The fee is EUR25. The seats are marked with the word ‘RESERVED’ written on the head rest covers.

Are they serious? What about if the exit rows were completely empty? Isn't it a requirement (at least in some countries) that the exit rows must be staffed? I've been on several flights with several different airlines where the FAs made a point of getting some passengers to move to the vacant exit row window seats.

Charging for exit rows before boarding is fine in my books, but IMHO they should stop it as soon as you step onboard, so if a seat remains empty you can grab it for free.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It’s a small meal but it serves its purpose on a flight of one hour and 50 minutes.

That looks quite nice actually! The catering on my morning flight was far worse.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
. It’s usually at this stage the tourists cannot be amazed at how dry the island is and how few trees there are. The Maltese, like myself, look out and glance down at this small rock in the sea and attempt to conceal that yes, they are moved.

What a lovely description of this approach. On my flight to MLA we did the very same, it was indeed as you described - first you start wondering whether there's any land here at all and then all of the sudden you have the treeless expanse of Gozo and Comino and the urban sprawl of Malta underneath you. We did land on 13 though so no extra tour of the southern part of the island, a shame I guess.

Also back in December the weather was almost 20 degrees with sunshine, having left gray, drizzling Finland with zero or so degrees in the morning it certainly was a very very pleasant first encounter with the fabulous island you weird people call home!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I get on the bus. I even manage to take a picture of the new uniform before the doors close and we are bussed to the Schengen arrivals.

Uniform... hah, yeah right! I can definitely understand now what you meant by that gorgeous FA though!  
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Aug 22, 2012 8:10 pm

Thanks for sharing.
I thought the food looked quite ok for such a flight. Nice to read they charge on board for exit rows, too. I find it unfair if people do prepay to get those seats, and on board all other persons can sit there without paying nothing. Sure, only paying in front will guarantee you to get an exit seat, but still...

The new uniform looks great! Love it!
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Thu Aug 23, 2012 5:44 pm

Hey, KoM! Great report. An excellent way to spend my lunch break.  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As some of you may already have heard, Air Malta is currently in the middle of a rebranding exercise, which includes new uniforms for the crew and also a new livery expected to debut in September 2012.

The old livery will be missed. I don't dislike the new one (even though it does look a bit LoCo-ish) but the old one had acquired a cult status for many of us.


Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The Swissport agent announces that boarding will commence shortly. She also informs us that due to the incredible heat in the airbridge, boarding by seat rows will be strictly enforced to avoid people standing in the sweltering heat too long. And true to their word to two ladies proceed to do the most orderly boarding process I have every seen. No mean feat if a bunch of Maltese are involved.

How considerate. I wish more boarding procedures were done in this way (whether it is hot in the jetway or not). It's simply much more practical that the whole Group priority boarding nonsense here in the US.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Initially I am seated on 9F, but then a couple takes the seats next to me and starts smooching wildly. Don’t get me wrong, nothing against smooching but the mere sound of others slobbering all over each other makes me want to throw up. I look behind me to find the aisle seats on the emergency row are still empty, so are the middle seats. So I quickly as a crew member if I can change. I tells me that sure I can, proviso I pay the fee for the extra leg room. The slobbering continues on row 9 and so I consent. The fee is EUR25. The seats are marked with the word ‘RESERVED’ written on the head rest covers.

I bet the couple were KM employees that were put there by the company to "encourage" you to purchase your relocation to the emergency seats. 


Superb photos of Malta. Boy, do I want badly to go there.

Thanks for sharing your report with us,

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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:16 am

Hi Taloush

Quoting taloush (Reply 2):
Great report, as usual!

Thank you!

Quoting taloush (Reply 2):
I'm really digging Air Malta's new look--then again, anything is an improvement when you're coming from all-caps Times New Roman bold!

From what I've seen I think I like it too. But I think I'll save the final verdict for when they roll out the first aircraft in the new livery.

Quoting taloush (Reply 2):
Your pics just put Malta on my "Must Visit" list!

Well, if you go I hope you'll have a good time. And the production of a trip report would be nice too actually!

Quoting taloush (Reply 2):
I love that Maltese is basically Arabic written in Roman alphabet haha

It's worse than that. Arabic grammar with Italian and English words written in the Roman alphabet.

Hi Planehunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
great report with many lovely pictures - I really need to visit Malta soon. Well, probably next year.

Thanks. A a visit to Malta sounds like a good idea. And I'm convinced you'll come up with some exotic and unusual way of getting there!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I'm glad the EU approved further subsidies, would be sad to lose that nice little airline.

So am I! Last week they issued their financial report. By the looks of it things are improving and they were able to reduce their operating loss by more than what they'd intended. Their only problem now is finding a new lease for the A319 they'd placed with OLT until it went bust.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
I like the new colors!

So do I, I think. They're perhaps not as classy as what they had but definitely more modern.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
What a sad sight. I hope these relatively new birds won't end up like the OA A340s.

I really can't imagine what they're doing in Zurich. Surely there would have been cheaper places to dump those birds.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
That meal looks fine, I wasn't overly satisfied with my cold meal containing soggy vegetables. And the bun wasn't great either.

The prepacked bread tends to become stale quickly. As for the soggy veg, I thkn that may perhaps be because they used to sprinkle the olive oil directly on the veg when they prepared the food. They don't any more and have instead added a small tub of olive oil on the tray.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
Nice. I also like that angle...especially with an oryx on the tail.

I think the new livery will work well from that angle because the Maltese cross is now taller. As for the oryx, it's just a timeless logo.

Hi Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
I believe there'r already 1 aircraft in the new colours flying around, no?

Aparently the first one will be rolled out in September.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Ha ha, so that's CHF 5 to watch an AF E190

I think I should have a word with Hannah and ask for a refund!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Funny. You might as well have started talking to them to break their 'nastiness' and pretending you didn't see it all. But hey, always a million dollar excuse for an upgrade

Nah, I don't mind couples that are all loveydovey, I just don't like the smooching soundtrack!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Wow! Hairy leg alarm!

They were added following popular demand for more in my Air France to Provence report.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Stylish but I haven't seen the old one so for now it doesn't get my blessing

The old one was okay, but a bit old-fashioned.
Hi Miaspotter

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
Air Malta sounds like a nice little airline, and their new uniform is very classy

Yes, she was rather...

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 5):
you have fueled my interest and I will hopefully visit Malta in October (found a nice flight on VY from BCN)

I hope you have a good time. Let me know if you need any advice. And I look forward to the Vueling trip report...!

Hi Alex

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):
Ah, Malta. Was there a couple of weeks ago, for one day only. I

I just saw the first part of your epic journey.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 6):
Thanks for writing this TR up!

My pleasure!

Hi Lychemsa

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 7):
Nice that they still serve a small snack.

Not quite sure for homw much longer though.

Hi FlyingFinn

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
You certainly are on a rampage recently with these reports, aren't you?

And I have no intention of slowing down anytime soon!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Good to see something about the "new" Air Malta - although me and many others judging from the feedback in our FB group strongly dislike (heck, "hate" would be the proper word) the new livery. And IMHO quite irresponsible for the management to spend millions on this new brand when the company is bleeding money left and right and only kept aloft by the steady IV drip of the Maltese taxpayer. What good is a new brand anyway, it's not like passengers choose their airline based on the color of the planes or the uniforms of the airline staff, that's just bollocks.

Fair enough. On the other hand the 'new' Air Malta will be different. I expect them to introduced a new pricing strategy and things like BOB. Air Malta has a reputation for being very expensive. I think they're trying to shed that image. As for the livery, I think it reflects very much what the airline's primary objective is, namely to promote the Maltese islands as a holiday destination and subsequently bring those tourists to the islands.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Loved the pictures of Malta in the end - they brought back such nice memories from my trip there last December. I really want to go back sooner than later! For the diminutive size the islands are they certainly pack a LOT of history and interesting sights and plain fun. Plus of course the climate is just wonderful. On the way back from there I flew Air Malta MLA-VIE - it was quite a mediocre flight but by not means anything bad - just mediocre.

I think that's what Il ike about Malta, it has such a rich history and most of it is still visible.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Are they serious? What about if the exit rows were completely empty? Isn't it a requirement (at least in some countries) that the exit rows must be staffed? I've been on several flights with several different airlines where the FAs made a point of getting some passengers to move to the vacant exit row window seats.

The ICAO rule is that you need to be able to evacuate the aircraft in two minutes with only half the escape route available. Air Malta always has more than the minimu crew complement in the cabin. So it's not an issue.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Charging for exit rows before boarding is fine in my books, but IMHO they should stop it as soon as you step onboard, so if a seat remains empty you can grab it for free.

And what do you do when people start arguing about wanting the seat?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
That looks quite nice actually! The catering on my morning flight was far worse.

It's the normal meal they've been serving for some years now.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
What a lovely description of this approach.

Thanks. It kind of took me by surprise as I suddenly realised the cabin had gone quiet.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
We did land on 13 though so no extra tour of the southern part of the island, a shame I guess.

That's not a bad approach either. If you're sitting on the right you get a close up view of lovely Mdina.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Also back in December the weather was almost 20 degrees with sunshine, having left gray, drizzling Finland with zero or so degrees in the morning it certainly was a very very pleasant first encounter with the fabulous island you weird people call home!

I think right now half the island's population wouldn't mind swapping with you. The temperature has been in the upper thrities since the end of May and it will stay like that right until October, when it cools down to about 28 degrees.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
it certainly was a very very pleasant first encounter with the fabulous island you weird people call home!

Well, in that case I'm glad you enjoyed despite the weirdness.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Uniform... hah, yeah right! I can definitely understand now what you meant by that gorgeous FA though!

She was certainly an eye catcher. So were the ones on the return flight, come to think of it.

Hi Reifel

Quoting reifel (Reply 9):
Thanks for sharing.

Pleasure!

Quoting reifel (Reply 9):
I find it unfair if people do prepay to get those seats, and on board all other persons can sit there without paying nothing.

That's what I think too. If the exit row is only available at a fee, then it should be like that even if you decide on board to take the exit row.

Quoting reifel (Reply 9):
I thought the food looked quite ok for such a flight.

Yep, and Maltese ham is rather tasty actually.

Hi Widebodyroga

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
Great report. An excellent way to spend my lunch break.

Thank you. Hope you had a good lunch break then!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
The old livery will be missed.

I will miss it too. I think I will miss all of the old Air Malta.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
How considerate. I wish more boarding procedures were done in this way (whether it is hot in the jetway or not). It's simply much more practical that the whole Group priority boarding nonsense here in the US.

I liked the whole process too. The problems start I think when you start boarding passengers by status etc. Then the agents loose track.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
I bet the couple were KM employees that were put there by the company to "encourage" you to purchase your relocation to the emergency seats.

Probably employed as motivators to give passengers an 'incentive' to pay up for the extra legroom...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
Superb photos of Malta. Boy, do I want badly to go there.

Well, if you need any advice or information, let me know.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
Thanks for sharing your report with us,

My pleasure.

Thanks for taking the time to comment guys!

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:51 pm

Hi William!

Great report as usual!
Air Malta seems like a nice airline, I'd love to try them some time. I'd also like to visit Malta one day for that matter, my sister were there last year and she liked it.
Great pictures from Malta, by the way.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):

It’s a small meal but it serves its purpose on a flight of one hour and 50 minutes.

Looks quite nice compared to what one is used to getting in Economy nowadays.

Martin
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:05 am

Hi William,

Great report, thanks for sharing it with us.
KM seems to be a nice little airline. Great that you got a free meal on such a flight.

Greetings
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:53 am

Hi William,

It's a always a delight to read about KM and brings back happy memories of our holiday there a few years ago. Thanks for all the nice photos of the island.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I’ve decided to skip the ‘GETTING TO THE AIRPORT’.

You can't do that!   

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I put my rucksack in a locker and pay the CHF5 entrance for the viewing gallery. There are three ladies behind the counter and I dutifully check their nametags in case one of them might be the famous Hannah of the Infodesk. But no such luck

Well, if I had been there you wouldn't have had to pay the 5CHF!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
So I quickly as a crew member if I can change. I tells me that sure I can, proviso I pay the fee for the extra leg room. The slobbering continues on row 9 and so I consent. The fee is EUR25. The seats are marked with the word ‘RESERVED’ written on the head rest covers.

In light of the seat neighbours you had I think they should have let you have the exit row for free.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It’s a small meal but it serves its purpose on a flight of one hour and 50 minutes.

It's still more than you'd get on a lot of carriers. Good to see that KM still offer it.

That's one very smart uniform, thumbs up!

Happy flying
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:01 pm

Hi Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Great report as usual!

Thank you!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Air Malta seems like a nice airline, I'd love to try them some time.

I think they're not too bad. Even the crew have improved lately. They always used to be a bit of a wild card.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
I'd also like to visit Malta one day for that matter, my sister were there last year and she liked it.

If you need any tips if you go, let me know. I'm glad your sister liked the place. If I may ask, was she at a language school or there as a tourist?

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Great pictures from Malta, by the way.

Thanks. Malta has excellent light for taking pictures, the island photographs well I think.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 12):
Looks quite nice compared to what one is used to getting in Economy nowadays.

As far as I can tell it certainly beats Swiss' so called Bruschetta...!

Mi Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Great report, thanks for sharing it with us.

Thanks, my pleasure.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 13):
Great that you got a free meal on such a flight.

Now let's see for how much longer...

Hi Hannah

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
It's a always a delight to read about KM and brings back happy memories of our holiday there a few years ago. Thanks for all the nice photos of the island.

Thanks, my pleasure.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
You can't do that!

I promise I shall never do it again.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
Well, if I had been there you wouldn't have had to pay the 5CHF!

Hm, do you think perhaps we should kind of try and coordinate a meeting, rather than just leaving it to chance?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
In light of the seat neighbours you had I think they should have let you have the exit row for free.

Nah, not Air Malta. I suspect Widebodyroga was right. He suspects they were Air Malta staff, whose job is to 'convince' passengers to purchase an extra legroom seat.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
It's still more than you'd get on a lot of carriers. Good to see that KM still offer it.

I think what I like about meal on a plane served from a tray is that they help to pass the time.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 14):
That's one very smart uniform, thumbs up!

Judging by the 'sample' I got on my flights I'd say it has a similar effect on the female form as the Malaysia Airlines Kebaya. It's rather tight...

Thanks for taking the time to comment Martin, Marc, Hannah!

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:29 pm

Hi again!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 15):
If you need any tips if you go, let me know. I'm glad your sister liked the place. If I may ask, was she at a language school or there as a tourist?

I believe they were "officially" there for some kind of language class, but they mostly did touristy things.

Martin
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:03 am

Hi Martin

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
I believe they were "officially" there for some kind of language class, but they mostly did touristy things.

A friend of mine went to Malta a couple of years back to learn English. He ended up being the only bloke in a language school full of female Swedish students. Not so sure if his English improved but he enjoyed his stay for sure!

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Mon Aug 27, 2012 2:35 pm

Hey William, once again a nice and enjoyable report.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
There are three ladies behind the counter and I dutifully check their nametags in case one of them might be the famous Hannah of the Infodesk. But no such luck.

Well I'm sure if you want to meet her, you could always pre-arrange a meet with her. At least that's what most other ZRH bound a.netters do  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Thus, my narrative begins as I make my way to the viewing gallery on the reconstruction of what used to be terminal B at Zurich airport.

So you didn't pull the OLCI trick and go to the Senator Lounge?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
As some of you may already have heard, Air Malta is currently in the middle of a rebranding exercise,

While the new uniforms may look nice, the logo does not. I'm sorry to say, but it has a very "banana republic" look to it. Oh well but that's just my opinion, and it does however look slightly better than the old one.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It’s a small meal but it serves its purpose on a flight of one hour and 50 minutes.

Well for a 110minute flight the food looks generous, especially with the tray service and all. Other airlines like LH would only serve a dry muffin or infamous breadstick on the flight.

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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:04 pm

Hello William,

What a nice Monday evening read. Knightsofmalta back to Malta. How I miss those warm and sunny days this summer…

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
There are three ladies behind the counter and I dutifully check their nametags

Do you mind sharing their names?

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
the purser, an elderly and very friendly looking gentleman. He looks like he could be your favourite granddad.

Sweet! If I was on that flight, I would like to get acquainted with him.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I tells me that sure I can, proviso I pay the fee for the extra leg room. The slobbering continues on row 9 and so I consent. The fee is EUR25.

Good to know that the cabin attendant was strict about it. It’s just frustrating if you alreadypaid the fee for emergency exit seat just to see others doing self-upgrade in-flight without penalty like what I saw on my AirAsia flight two years ago.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
but then a couple takes the seats next to me and starts smooching wildly.

I would not mind either if a couple shows affection on public places, but please, if you’re into smooching wildly, do that at home or at your hotel room or wherever you wish as long as it is out of public’s eyes.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
THE MEAL

It looks decent for one hour fifty minute flight.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
The approach into Malta is very atmospheric. As the aircraft dips its nose and the engines go increasingly silent to slow down, a hush of anticipation spreads throughout the cabin as the tourists and Maltese alike peer out of the windows excitedly to catch a first glimpse of the islands rising out of the sea.

For most of the descent the aircraft flies head on towards Gozo, the northern island. Outside the passengers see only the vastness of the Mediterranean sea and the golden reflection of the sun dancing on the waves. But the then aircraft banks every so light to the left and suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, Gozo appears – the island of Calypso. The aircraft flies along the north-eastern coast of the island, then past Comino and then along the island of Malta proper. It’s usually at this stage the tourists cannot be amazed at how dry the island is and how few trees there are. The Maltese, like myself, look out and glance down at this small rock in the sea and attempt to conceal that yes, they are moved.

Eventually the aircraft reaches the south end of Malta. The right wing dips and draws a graceful arch across the evening sky. We round Delimara point, pass the natural harbour of Marsaxlokk and eventually line up with runway 31 as we cross over St. George’s bay. And then we land and I am home.

I love this poetic description! I feel like flying away.  


Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I even manage to take a picture of the new uniform before the doors close and we are bussed to the Schengen arrivals.

Great shot!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 1):
Kinnie

Finally, I have the glimpse of Kinnie! 



Thanks a lot for sharing including your journey to ZRH’s observation deck.

Best wishes,
Suryo  

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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:17 am

Selamat Sore Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
What a nice Monday evening read.

Thank you!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
How I miss those warm and sunny days this summer…

We had a heatwave for about two weeks in Switzerland, but it didn't last very long. We're back to 13 degrees now.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Do you mind sharing their names?

Not at all, but I didn't remember them. My brain was on checklist mode: Hannah yes or no.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Sweet! If I was on that flight, I would like to get acquainted with him.

He was quite funny actually. He looked all sweet and kind but he had a wicked sense of humour.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Good to know that the cabin attendant was strict about it. It’s just frustrating if you alreadypaid the fee for emergency exit seat just to see others doing self-upgrade in-flight without penalty like what I saw on my AirAsia flight two years ago.

That's what I think too. It's the only fair thing to do. Save a lot of hassle.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
I would not mind either if a couple shows affection on public places, but please, if you’re into smooching wildly, do that at home or at your hotel room or wherever you wish as long as it is out of public’s eyes.

That's what I think too. I'm happy for everyone who finds a partner to make them happy but hey, you don't have to show the whole bloody world just how happy you are!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
I love this poetic description! I feel like flying away.

Thanks. It was a very poetic and scenic approach.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Finally, I have the glimpse of Kinnie!

Trying it is even better!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 19):
Thanks a lot for sharing including your journey to ZRH’s observation deck.

My pleasure Suryo, thanks for taking the time to comment.

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:41 am

Hi Jonas

I'm sorry, I must have missed your post. I did not mean to be rude.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
Hey William, once again a nice and enjoyable report.

Thank you!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
Well I'm sure if you want to meet her, you could always pre-arrange a meet with her. At least that's what most other ZRH bound a.netters do

Well yes, but that would ruin my grande entrée!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
So you didn't pull the OLCI trick and go to the Senator Lounge?

Not this time. I didn't have that much time left in the end.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
While the new uniforms may look nice, the logo does not. I'm sorry to say, but it has a very "banana republic" look to it. Oh well but that's just my opinion, and it does however look slightly better than the old one.

I see what you mean but I think I'll wait to see it in the flesh before I decide. The thing is, the current livery is starting to look a bit old fashioned.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 18):
Well for a 110minute flight the food looks generous, especially with the tray service and all. Other airlines like LH would only serve a dry muffin or infamous breadstick on the flight.

If you're lucky. Otherwise you just get something hot and greasy to give you heartburn...

Thanks for taking the time to comment Jonas.

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Mon Sep 03, 2012 11:14 am

So William...

The report was all very well and nice.... but I am left confused - how on earth did you get to the airport!?

Ha. Very enjoyable report seeing you head back to your very namesake. The photos were rather beautiful and I feel somewhat inspired to try and visit now. FR ran the Malta - EDI for a while but I think I saw they had removed it.

Wow Zurich seemed quiet. Which I rather prefer - and as commented - what a sad site that kingfisher aircraft is. I probably flew on her in the not so long passed glory-days.

Air Malta looked good! I mean - I deem some things a little petty (only 1 beer - really. And 25EUR for exit?) ... but the meal and the look of the cabin crew was impressive. Seriously - I think she knew you were taking that photo. Well posing it up.

Many thanks

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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:09 am

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
So William...

...yes Luke?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
The report was all very well and nice.... but I am left confused - how on earth did you get to the airport!?

Are you being impertinent again young man?

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
Very enjoyable report seeing you head back to your very namesake.

Thanks, glad you liked it.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
The photos were rather beautiful and I feel somewhat inspired to try and visit now. FR ran the Malta - EDI for a while but I think I saw they had removed it.

Meanwhile I think FR even have a couple of planes stationed in Malta. Not sure what connections are like to Scotland though. But I think you might like Malta.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
Wow Zurich seemed quiet. Which I rather prefer - and as commented - what a sad site that kingfisher aircraft is. I probably flew on her in the not so long passed glory-days.

Did I miss that trip report or did you not write one? But indeed, it does look rather tragic.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 22):
Seriously - I think she knew you were taking that photo.

Actually I'm convinced she knew. And I wasn't the only one. Her features were really quite stunning and those blue eyes were rather striking.

Watch out for a return of the 'train to the airport' feature in my next report.

Thanks for commenting.

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:51 am

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 23):
Meanwhile I think FR even have a couple of planes stationed in Malta. Not sure what connections are like to Scotland though. But I think you might like Malta.

I just checked it out and they still operate the EDI every other day. And the route is long, and is an old timer by FR standards so it must do well. Once upon a time it was one of FR's longest routes. An excuse to visit in the future perhaps... but now I have this feeling of almost being obliged to fly an interesting carrier that offers some sort of biscuit for the viewing pleasure of A.Net... silly I know...

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 23):
Did I miss that trip report or did you not write one? But indeed, it does look rather tragic

You leave me no other choice but to 'plug' ;
An Indian Summer; The North – BA And IT (Part 1) (by lukeyboy95 Jun 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
An Indian Summer; The South – S2 And IT (Part 2) (by lukeyboy95 Jul 15 2010 in Trip Reports)

I am surprised these are 3 years old. Planes are not the only things that fly...

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 23):
Actually I'm convinced she knew.

Of course. But rather that than the breed of FA who suddenly becomes all antsy about pictures. I had a NAS FA overreact, but it is Saudi Arabia which is fair enough,.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 23):
Watch out for a return of the 'train to the airport' feature in my next report.

My life is in a flux of anticipation...

Rgds

Luke!
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Wed Sep 05, 2012 2:14 pm

Hi, William,

fantastic tripreport here on KM. Some lovely pictures.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
There are three ladies behind the counter and I dutifully check their nametags in case one of them might be the famous Hannah of the Infodesk. But no such luck.

Haha, yeah indeed that's one of a.netters duties nowadays when passing through ZRH. Always in the mood to catch up with the infodesk  
Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
She also informs us that due to the incredible heat in the airbridge, boarding by seat rows will be strictly enforced to avoid people standing in the sweltering heat too long. And true to their word to two ladies proceed to do the most orderly boarding process I have every seen.

Good on them! Pro-active thinking and explaining to the passengers. Real nice to see.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Initially I am seated on 9F, but then a couple takes the seats next to me and starts smooching wildly. Don’t get me wrong, nothing against smooching but the mere sound of others slobbering all over each other makes me want to throw up. I look behind me to find the aisle seats on the emergency row are still empty, so are the middle seats. So I quickly as a crew member if I can change. I tells me that sure I can, proviso I pay the fee for the extra leg room. The slobbering continues on row 9 and so I consent. The fee is EUR25. The seats are marked with the word ‘RESERVED’ written on the head rest covers.

NO way for me. 2 choices; or I tell the passengers to stop their behavior, if not listening I would ask the crew to take action. Seat change ok, but not against paying a fee. In that case, the crew can solve this issue. It's not for my account :S 25 Euro's for that seat is a rip-off anyway... for a relatively short flight.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
I even manage to take a picture of the new uniform

Wow, that lady looks really classy. I like it!

Regards
Eric
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Thu Sep 06, 2012 5:30 pm

Hello Knightsofmalta

Very enjoyable report. I loved how you described your and your fellow Maltese feelings when you saw your homeland!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
proviso I pay the fee for the extra leg room

When I read this I thought
a) the flight attendant must be kidding you
or
b) you must be kidding us!

Totally amazed that they were charging you for a seat change, come on it's not like KM is an LCC!!

Thanks for solving the

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
other crew member is a young lady with stunning features

riddle at the end  

I was going to say "this remark is worthless without pictures"!

And nice pictures of MLA, thanks again!
Cheers, LXM83
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Sat Sep 08, 2012 12:03 am

Hi William,

Nice to read another report from you. Great report as usual with many nice pictures.
Malta looks like a great island. Hope to visit the island and fly Air Malta for the first time next year!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
Thus, my narrative begins as I make my way to the viewing gallery on the reconstruction of what used to be terminal B at Zurich airport

Had a great 2 days of spotting there a couple months ago

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Thread starter):
It’s a small meal but it serves its purpose on a flight of one hour and 50 minutes.

Looks pretty good for a flight under 2 hours IMHO!

cheers,

Brendan
 
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RE: Air Malta Economy Class From Zurich To Malta

Sun Sep 09, 2012 12:49 am

Hi Luke

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
You leave me no other choice but to 'plug' ;

Thanks for the links, now I do remember reading those reports.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
Of course. But rather that than the breed of FA who suddenly becomes all antsy about pictures. I had a NAS FA overreact, but it is Saudi Arabia which is fair enough,.

Yeah well, as you say, Saudi Arabia is still a very conservative society with different mores.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
My life is in a flux of anticipation...

Oh stop it, you're putting me under pressure...  

Hi Eric

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):
fantastic tripreport here on KM. Some lovely pictures.

Thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):
Haha, yeah indeed that's one of a.netters duties nowadays when passing through ZRH. Always in the mood to catch up with the infodesk

One of these days I'll manage!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):
Good on them! Pro-active thinking and explaining to the passengers. Real nice to see.

Yes, I liked that too. I hate it when they make these big announcements and then don't even try in the slightest to enforce them.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):
NO way for me. 2 choices; or I tell the passengers to stop their behavior, if not listening I would ask the crew to take action. Seat change ok, but not against paying a fee. In that case, the crew can solve this issue. It's not for my account :S 25 Euro's for that seat is a rip-off anyway... for a relatively short flight.

Well yes, but as Suryo said, it's the only way for the airline to be fair to all passengers. Apart from that, Air Malta ain't doing too well right now so let's just consider it my way of doing my bit for the national economy...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 25):
Wow, that lady looks really classy. I like it!

She's attracting quite a few comments here. I think I might have to introduce a chic feature in my future reports...

Hi LXM83

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 26):
Very enjoyable report. I loved how you described your and your fellow Maltese feelings when you saw your homeland!

Thank you.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 26):
Totally amazed that they were charging you for a seat change, come on it's not like KM is an LCC!!

Yes, but you have to treat all passengers the same way. If I'd forked out the 25 Euros for an exit row at the time of booking and then some guy comes along and takes the seat next to me just because it's empty, I think I'd be mightily pissed off.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 26):
I was going to say "this remark is worthless without pictures"!

I wouldn't do that to my fellow aneters.

Hi Brendan

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 27):
Nice to read another report from you. Great report as usual with many nice pictures.

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 27):
Malta looks like a great island. Hope to visit the island and fly Air Malta for the first time next year!

If they're not a LCC by then you should get a hotmeal if you're flying from Amsterdam. If you go, I hope you enjoy it. And let me know if you need any tips or advice.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 27):
Had a great 2 days of spotting there a couple months ago

It's great in the mornings, with lots of interesting traffic. But it quietens down quickly after 13h00.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 27):
Looks pretty good for a flight under 2 hours IMHO!

Yep, it served its purpose.

Thanks for taking the time to comment gentlemen.

Cheers,
William

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