Jet Aviation has been awarded an air operator's certificate from the Maltese civil aviation authority, allowing the business aviation services company to provide charter operations in the Mediterranean country using aircraft registered with the local 9H prefix.

Malta is the third European country to award Jet Aviation an AOC after Germany and Switzerland. A 19-passenger 737-derived Boeing Business Jet, with the registration 9H-GGG, is the first aircraft to be added to the line-up. The VIP airliner will be joined in the coming weeks by a super-midsize Embraer Legacy 600.

Jürg Reuthinger, senior vice-president and general manager of Jet Aviation's aircraft management and charter operations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia calls the Maltese venture "a terrific complement to our Swiss and German operations".

He adds: "The additional AOC in the EU allows aircraft owners and operators more flexibility in their choice of registrations and operation. Charter customers, of course, greatly appreciate a wide range of aircraft to meet their varying jet transportation needs."

Flight Fleets Analyzer records a fleet of over 150 business jets on Malta's 9H register.

Source: Flight International