Instead of baguettes, Air Malta will offer passengers to buy a variety of food
National airline Air Malta has decided to change its fleet with modern A320 Neo aircraft in the coming three years. Tourism Minister, Konrad Mizzi, told TVM that this is among the changes that the airline is planning to continue with its reform plan. An immediate measure will be the food service provided on board the planes. From next Thursday, passengers traveling economy will not longer be served with a baguette and water, but will buy a variety of onboard food.
Currently, eight of the ten aircraft of Air Malta have just less than fifteen years of service to the airline. The company has been long studying the renewal of its fleet so that it will be more efficient in the use of fuel.
Minister Konrad Mizzi said that during the first six months of next year, the first two current aircraft will be replaced with two new A320 neo, following the positive experience that the airline had with the first aircraft of this type, which it started operating in recent weeks. “We have to ensure that the new aircraft, which next year we already committed ourselves to lease new aircraft with way and design configuration we desire to ensure that it fits our future strategy”.
Minister Mizzi added that the interior designs of the aircraft will provide more comfort to passengers, and even with different colours. With the A320 neo, Air Malta will be safeguarding the environment because it will use less fuel. He said that within a short period, Air Malta registered a growth of 40% and has other plans to continue the routes.
Meanwhile, from Thursday, passengers traveling economy will no longer be served with baguettes and half a litre of water, and instead they will be able to buy a variety of food served on board.
Air Malta chairman, Charles Mangion, stated that this is part of the strategy permitting the airline to provide a service that passengers expect. “Obviously, the new service offers a big variety of food to economy passengers – 70 products between cold snacks and even hot snacks, and other products of the clients’ choice and to what they expect. Obviously they will pay for the food”.
Notary Mangion said that this change was made through discussions with the SkyGourmet company, whose contract with the national airline ends in 2021, to provide food on board of its flights. Crew members have been trained on serving food during flights, adding that the collective agreement with the cabin crew union provides that members benefit financially from more sales.
Air Malta’s Inflight menu