Valletta, Malta - Maltese flag carrier Air Malta took delivery of its third Airbus A320neo. The aircraft was presented to the public on Sept. 13 at the Malta International Airport in Valletta.
The aircraft registered 9H-NEC arrived in Malta with a direct ferry flight from the Airbus's Hamburg factory in Germany last week and made its first scheduled flight on Sept. 12 from Valletta to Frankfurt.
Thanks to its newer generation LEAP-1A engines from CFM International, the aircraft is capable to fly 10-15% further with around %20 less fuel consumption.
Air Malta said that with every new Airbus A320neo that joined its fleet, the airline was saving hundreds of tons of fuel per year and generates 24% less CO2 emissions per seat.
The cabin of the Air Malta's new A320neo features 18-inch-wide seats with more legroom and larger luggage storage.
This aircraft is a welcome addition and another important step forward to continue reducing our fleet's average age and improve aspects of customer experience, environmental commitment, and airline reliability and efficiency. It shows commitment to Air Malta's growth strategy and a big investment in the airline,
Air Malta Chairman Charles Mangion said.
Last year, the airline launched a five-year fleet replacement program. Air Malta will operate an all-A320neo fleet by 2022.
Besides three newer generation A320neo, Air Malta currently operates one A319-100 and seven A320-200 aircraft.