Air Malta has bought a 1950s privately owned two-seater Hawker Hunter fighter jet. The historic airworthy military aircraft will be painted in Air Malta’s new livery and will be used to generate new revenue streams for the airline. The aircraft will also be used to promote Air Malta and the Maltese Islands abroad by participating in a number of air shows around the world.
Plans have already been made by the airline for a soon-to-be-launched novel product ‘Jet Fighter Adventure Flights’ – an adrenalin rushing thrill seeking fighter aircraft experience that has become very popular in several countries around the world. These flights-of-a-lifetime will be available for purchase on the airline’s website http://www.airmalta.com.
With its sleek design, brilliant handling and manoeuvrability, the Hawker Hunter aircraft will offer customers the opportunity to experience a historic flying adventure. The classic Hunter was one of the best transonic jet fighter aircraft and formed the backbone of the Royal Air Force’s jet fighter squadron in the late 1950s. The aircraft was withdrawn from active service in 1995. During the 1960s and 1970s Hawker Hunter aircraft were a common sight at Malta’s Luqa airfield.
Following Air Malta’s successful participation after a number of years at Malta’s International Airshow with the historic flypass of an Airbus A320 together with the mighty Spitfire, coupled with the positive press coverage it received in Malta and abroad, the Maltese Airline looked for opportunities to purchase a historic military aircraft that could be used for such activities.
This purchase was coordinated by Air Malta’s Chief Executive Peter Davies and Chief Officer Flight Operations, Captain Mark Micallef Eynaud, a former commissioned Royal Air Force fighter pilot and instructor. The airline’s Chief Executive, who is also a pilot, and Capt Micallef Eynaud are expected to showcase the exceptional performance of this aircraft at this year’s edition of the Malta International Airshow. The airline is also planning to fly this aircraft at various other international airshows around the world.
Commenting on this initiative Capt Micallef Eynaud said, “I am thrilled at having the opportunity to showcase the versatility of this aircraft. We are planning to offer a myriad list of acrobatic sorties from loops, rolls, barrel rolls, inverted flight, vertical manoeuvres and a host of exercises all in a safe fun-filled atmosphere of adventure.”
Peter Davies added, “A relatively new development on the adventure tourism scene, aerobatic action flights are a moderate to extreme adventure for thrill seekers. To become a Top Gun Pilot for a Day is something many of us aspire to and to fly your very own Jet Fighter Adventure is an experience of a lifetime.”