Air Malta Aircraft Fly in Formation over the Maltese Islands
Last Tuesday the sky over the Maltese Islands became the set of a film and photography session that saw the participation of two Air Malta Airbus A320 aircraft flying in formation over the islands’ landmark sites.
A Eurocopter AS350 helicopter, equipped with a Cineflex gyro-stabilized film camera system was utilised to film the event. This system is used for film and television production, news and broadcast television and high-profile sporting events including the Middle Sea Race.
This was the first time that Air Malta aircraft flew in formation together and air to air filming was organised by the airline. Local renowned photographer, Kurt Arrigo, was entrusted with the photography and the setting up of an international team that could film the event. A lot of planning was made to organise and coordinate this experience by various Air Malta departments that included, Flight Operations – who planned and coordinate the flights, Marketing and Branding, Corporate Communications, Cargo and Ground Handling Services. The planning also included the participation of several organisations amongst which were the Malta Air Traffic Services and the Department of Civil Aviation. Throughout the planning and execution of the flight Safety was paramount. The video can be seen below:
The two Air Malta aircraft were commanded by Capt Mark Micallef Eynaud, Chief Officer Flight Operations and Capt Patrick Calleja, Head of Aircraft Operations. Capt Micallef Eynaud has previous formation flying experience in the Royal Air Force.
“This initiative was organised in line with Air Malta’s new focus of becoming a destination airline and an Ambassador and guide to what the Maltese islands can offer. Typical Maltese landmarks were chosen that illustrate how the islands are blessed with a rich historical and cultural heritage that make the destination even more attractive for visitors. These included Valletta, Mdina, the Blue Lagoon, Dwejra and Golden Bay”, said Air Malta Chief Executive, Peter Davies.
The material shot will be used in the Marketing and Public Relations activities in Malta and abroad including the airline’s in-flight magazine – Il-Bizzilla, the new website and across the airline’s social media channels including Facebook. The event will continue to build the airline image and footage library to promote better the airline and the Maltese islands.