Air Malta was founded in 1973 following a decision of the Maltese Parliament and adopted in April 1974 flight operations. In the first years of Boeing 720B dominated the fleet. Other patterns in the fleet were throughout history Boeing 707, BAC 1-11, Convair jets, Boeing 737- 200Adv. , Boeing 737-300, Boeing 727-100 and -200, BAe ATP, Avro RJ70, McDonnell Douglas MD -90 and Airbus A310 -200.
From the early 1990s until the fall of 2004 operated a subsidiary called Malta Air Charter, sometimes also called Gozo Wings known with several helicopters operated in wetlease type Mil Mi- 8 is a shuttle service to the small neighboring island of Gozo. Air Malta is also involved in Medavia, which is mainly active in Libya in support of the oil industry with turboprops.
Since the winter flight schedule 2006/2007 is Air Malta codeshare partner of Lufthansa, with a common maintenance base at Malta airport is operated.
In July 2012, the European Commission approved a state aid package for Air Malta in the amount of 130 million euros. In the same month Air Malta presented its new corporate design that also includes a completely new livery of the aircraft as well as a new logo. As part of its restructuring Air Malta sold in September 2012 their UK tour operator Holiday Malta in Maltese company.
Air Malta operated from Malta airport, important primarily European city destinations such as London, Athens and Moscow, and also offers charter flights such as seasonal on to Salzburg. A smaller base is additionally operated on the Italian airport of Catania, long-haul flights are not currently offered.
In Germany Berlin- Tegel, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg, Munich and Stuttgart are served. In addition, Air Malta also flies from Frankfurt and Munich to Catania in Sicily. In Switzerland, regularly Zurich and Geneva, served in Austria Vienna. In addition, there are occasional charter flights during the summer months, among other things to Innsbruck and Basel.
Air Malta offered charter flights from the UK for British tour operators in non-EU countries such as Spain, Austria, Finland and Greece. To this end, several aircraft were firmly stationed in England. These services were discontinued after the insolvency of the tour operator XL.
As of November 2013, the fleet of Air Malta aircraft consists of eleven with an average age of 8.5 years:
- 5 Airbus A319 -100 ( 1 leased to Atlantic Airways )
- 6 Airbus A320 -200