After an official trip to Qatar by Tourism Minister Dr K. Mizzi, in which he had official talks with Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker, an agreement was reached between the parties.
As per agreement, Air Malta will be training 20 cadet pilots for Qatar Airways. The cadet pilots will build up their hours on the Air Malta route network flying Airbus A320s with experienced Maltese training captains. Upon return to Qatar, the cadets will continue their training with the intention of being promoted to First Officers with Qatar Airways.
The agreement will also see Qatar Airways opening a direct route to Malta in the first quarter of 2019. The direct route would link Malta with more than 150 destinations.
Minister Konrad Mizzi was accompanied in his trip by Air Malta chairman Dr C. Mangion and Malta International Airport CEO A Borg. (Source: timesofmalta.com & maltatoday.com, 4-Jul-2018)