IF Air Malta Airlines
9H-ABF Boeing 737-200N
1:500 Scale Mint in Box
1:500 Scale Metal Die-Cast - Boeing 737-200 – Length: 2.375" Wingspan: 2.25” This model represents the Air Malta 737-200 9H-ABF. The Inflight 500 production of this model was 744 pieces, released December 2006.
Shortly after the Second World War, several small private airlines were formed in Malta. Amongst these were The Malta Instone Airline, BAS (Malta) Ltd, and Malta Airlines. In 1947 the former two companies merged to form Air Malta Ltd in fierce competition with the latter. Eventually in 1951 Malta Airlines absorbed the operations of Air Malta Ltd and continued operating through an agreement with BEA until 1973. The owners of Air Malta Ltd used their real estate, staff and equipment to set up a ground handling company called MAS, Malta Aviation Services. In the early 1970s the Maltese government made a call for an international airline partner to help set up an airline. Pakistan's PIA was selected and a new carrier set up. The name chosen for the new airline was similar to that of its forerunner, Air Malta Co Ltd, and was established on 31 March 1973. BEA was chartered to continue its Malta operations, this time for Air Malta, until Air Malta's first flight on 1 April 1974. Both Malta Airlines and Malta Aviation Services were taken over by the government and the private owners were given a shareholding in Air Malta Co. Ltd. Air Malta started operations, with two wet leased Boeing 720Bs that served Rome, Tripoli, London, Manchester, Frankfurt and Paris from Malta's airport. It later bought three more Boeing 720Bs and bought the original two. In 1981, three Boeing 737-200s were wet leased, which were so successful that in 1983, three new fully owned Boeing 737-200s were delivered. In 1986, Air Malta bought three new Boeing 737-200s, and in 1987 ordered its first Airbus A320. In 1989, Air Malta exercised an option for one more A320, and in 1992, three more Boeing 737-300s were ordered. That year, four Avro RJ70s were ordered for routes to Catania and Palermo and to new destinations such as Tunis and Monastir. After the opening of Malta International Airport in 1992, Air Malta created CargoSystems, which includes the air transportation of cargo on Air Malta planes. In 1994, Air Malta inaugurated a cargo center at the airport. It was also during this time that a codesharing agreement with Trans World Airlines began. Between 2002 and 2007, Air Malta embarked upon a fleet replacement programme, opting to change all aircraft to Airbus A319s and A320s, thus reducing the average age of the fleet to around 2.5 years. The last aircraft in this order, A320 9H-AEQ, was delivered on 22 March 2007. Air Malta has around 190 interline ticketing agreements with other IATA airlines. It has a codeshare agreement with Qantas covering the following routes: Sydney-Singapore-Heathrow-Malta, Sydney-Bangkok-Heathrow-Malta and Melbourne-Singapore-Heathrow-Malta. In winter the airline often leases out aircraft to maximise earnings during the low season. In September 2007, for instance, Air Malta made two agreements with Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways by which Air Malta wet-leased two Airbus aircraft to Etihad Airways for the winter period starting 1 September 2007, and provided operational support on another Airbus A320 aircraft leased by Etihad Airways. In January and February 2009 Air Malta wet-leased A320 9H-AEF to Sky Airline of Chile. In 2011 Air Malta wet-leased again one A320 (9H-AEN) to Sky Airline. Air Malta is owned by the Maltese government (98%) and private investors (2%). Air Malta also has a 25% shareholding in Medavia. The airline employs 1,380 staff.
Limited Edition, 1 of only 744 produced
Realistic Die-Cast Collectible Model
Diecast airplane, the same scale as Herpa 1/500 scale models
Inflight 500 – 1:500 scale die-cast limited edition metal die-cast aircraft models (primarily airliners and some military variants of cilvil aircraft).
The models are highly detailed with quality that exceeds other 1:500 scale models. This model line releases four new models each month with a limited edition production quantity of 744 pieces worldwide for each model, making this an extremely collectible line.
Note: These are adult collector models and are not recommended for children under 14
Boeing products are produced under license from Boeing Management Company
Mint condition, awesome graphics on the box
This scaled aircraft model makes great gifts for airline employees, retirees and aviation enthusiasts of all ages. This detailed airplane model was produced to specifications from the aircraft manufacturer and the airline company. It reflects, as accurately the paint scheme of the airline and has many details that are not usually found on other models in this scale. Each model is meticulously finished for unsurpassed quality. This scaled model was produced is accurately painted and professionally detailed. Check my other auctions for an assortment of Flight Miniatures / Long Prosper, Herpa, Schabak fine scale model planes.
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