Air Malta is concluding an agreement to lease a brand new 180-seater Airbus A320neo straight off the production line. The aircraft, which is currently being assembled at the Airbus plant in Toulouse, France, will join Air Malta's fleet this May, the national airline said. This summer Air Malta will thus operate with ten Airbus aircraft (nine A320 and one A319).
Commenting on this development Air Malta Chairman CMangion said, "In the coming weeks we will start operating our summer schedule that will see us flying to no less than 13 new routes. This aircraft will give us additional flexibility in operating these routes and the almost 2,000 additional flights we are planning to operate this year. Upon being presented with this opportunity, we secured this brand new aircraft off the production line. This shows that Air Malta’s management, together with the airline's board, are working hard to keep its commitment to strengthen the National Airline."
The Airbus A320neo is a development of the A320 family. Apart from the enhanced specifications like a more modern look and feel of the cabin that includes led lightning, and larger luggage storage, the aircraft is projected to decrease operational costs especially on fuel efficiency by 11-17%. Due to its fuel efficiency the aircraft is capable of longer range flights of about 10-15% due to its lower fuel burn rate. The aircraft will be equipped with CFM International LEAP-1A engines. (Source: independent.com.mt, 4-Mar-2018)