Sunday, March 18, 2018

Air Malta obtains replacement for leased aircraft following complaints

Air Malta said today that, in light of recent complaints, it requested that the aircraft the airline had been wet-leasing in the short-term be replaced by another aircraft from its lessor.

It was yesterday reported that the KM-116 flight from to London-Gatwick was delayed for more than 13 hours due to an operations fault on the aircraft meant to be operating the flight.  The aircraft - reported in the media as being an almost three-decade-old Boeing 737-400 - was being wet-leased in the short-term until two new aircraft are delivered to the airline.

"As from today another aircraft has been delivered to Air Malta by the lessor and this aircraft has this morning started operating Air Malta flights," the airline said in a press release, without giving details on the aircraft's model and age.

"The airline demands high standards throughout all its operations and does not leave any stone unturned to assist passengers.  Although being EASA certified, in light recent complaints Air Malta has insisted with its lessor to change the wet-leased aircraft.  As from today another aircraft has been delivered to Air Malta by the lessor and this aircraft has this morning started operating Air Malta flights," it said. (Source: maltatoday.com, 18-Mar-2018)