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The new kid on the Med. (Mediterranean, Air Malta) (company profile)

Luqa, Malta-The Bush-Gorbachev meeting of last fall put the world spotlight on Malta, an island in the Mediterranean with a long, rich and tormented history. Like the island republic, Air Malta is relatively little known. Until it started flight operations in 1974, services to and from Malta were performed by foreign airlines, notably British European Airways. Britain ruled Malta from 1814 to 1964, previous rulers having been Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, the Knights of Malta and France.

To establish its national airline, the government turned to Pakistan International Airlines, which provided management, undertook training and leased two Boeing 72OBs as well as taking 20% of the company's original share capital. Since the early 1980s, Air Malta has been entirely owned by the Maltese government but certain links with PIA continued for several years-720B crews did their simulator training in Karachi until 1986 and PIA's Capt. S. U. Khan was GM-flight operations until that year.

Masterminding the development of Air Malta since its earliest days has been Chairman Albert Mizzi, a prominent Maltese businessman. Although involved with many other companies, he spends much of his time in the Air Malta head office near Luqa Airport. He expects to distance himself from the day-to-day management of the airline now that Anthony J. Paris has been named managing director. A management consultant since 1970, Paris's association with Air Malta started last year when-as senior partner in charge of foreign operations for the New York-based Management Training Services Grouphe organized an intensive course for members of the airline's senior management.

Air Malta recorded profits for the financial year that ended March 31, 1989-$14. …

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