Ryanair Flies A Malta Air Boeing 737 MAX To Malta For The 1st Time

Ryanair has flown a Malta Air Boeing 737 MAX to Malta for the first time since it took delivery of the aircraft. The aircraft flown wasn’t the first Malta Air 737 MAX to be delivered to the airline. That aircraft appears to be based at Milan’s Bergamo Airport.

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A Malta Air Boeing 737 MAX has been flown to Malta for the first time. Photo: Ryanair

At the moment the Ryanair Group is undergoing a huge change as far as its fleet is concerned. Firstly, the airline is finally taking delivery of its new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with ten having been delivered so far. However, the airline is also now diversifying its liveries with the arrival of separate Malta Air and Buzz paint schemes.

First trip to Malta

While you may think that Malta would be the first place Ryanair would send a Malta Air Boeing 737 MAX. This wasn’t the case, with the first aircraft to be delivered going to be based at Milan Bergamo Airport. Despite this, Ryanair has now sent its second Boeing 737 MAX to the island nation.

The first Malta Air MAX flight to Malta took place yesterday. The flight was the first since 9H-VUC was delivered to Ryanair on July 20th, and saw the aircraft departing from Dublin at 09:35 yesterday morning. The flight southwest through Europe took around three and a half hours, with the aircraft arriving at Malta International Airport in Luqa at 14:00, according to data from RadarBox.com.

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The flight covered 2533km in around three and a half hours. Photo: RadarBox.com

The aircraft was flown to Malta with a party onboard consisting of the country’s Transport Minister, Ian Borg, the CEO of Malta Air, David O’Brien, and the country’s Director General of Civil Aviation, Charles Pace.

Commenting on the arrival, Borg said,

“I welcome this new Malta Air B737 [MAX] 8200 aircraft; the first, we hope, of many to Malta. This new aircraft addition to the Malta register is a strong endorsement of the excellence and professionalism of Malta’s Civil Aviation Directorate. Direct air connections are vital to Malta and I am delighted that these new aircraft can deliver more connections and visitors to Malta.”

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New routes too

Having arrived in Malta, Malta Air’s CEO revealed that the airline would be adding additional direct connections to the island from around Europe. Currently, just six of the Ryanair Group’s 450+ aircraft are based in Malta, despite Malta Air having over 100 aircraft. While not giving a number, Ryanair did reveal that it would base more aircraft on the island.

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So far Ryanair has taken delivery of six MAXs in its livery, and four in the Malta Air livery. Photo: Ryanair

This winter the airline will be adding nine routes to Luqa, on top of the 57 direct routes already serving the airport. The new destinations being added by the Irish ultra-low-cost carrier are,

  • Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Lourdes, France
  • Milan Malpensa, Italy
  • Paphos, Cyprus
  • Tallinn, Estonia
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Zagreb, Croatia

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