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Lufthansa make Air Malta deal

Air Malta and Lufthansa German Airlines intend to start a bilateral cooperation. A
Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Ernst Funk, CEO of Air Malta, and Joachim
Steinbach, Vice President of Lufthansa German Airlines.

“Air Malta already has a very close cooperation with Lufthansa Technik since several
years”, Ernst Funk, CEO of Air Malta, stated at a press conference in Malta. “Based
on this excellent experience we have decided to enhance this cooperation to the
passenger airline”.
Both airlines are planning to adjust their timetables and give their passengers the
opportunity to increase connections to worldwide destinations.
“Lufthansa offers 187 destinations in 79 countries during the coming summer
timetable, together with our Star Alliance partners we fly to 800 destinations in
130 countries.”, Joachim Steinbach, Vice President of Lufthansa, explained.
“Lufthansa passengers can now also make use of Air Malta flights to Munich and
Frankfurt. Our aim is to integrate Air Malta into the new Lufthansa Terminal T2 in
Munich, so that Air Malta passengers can then easily connect to Lufthansa flights”,
Steinbach continued.
“With this cooperation Malta will move closer to Europe and the rest of the world”,
Funk said. “The passengers can now choose their connections out of a much broader
variety of flights to both Munich and Frankfurt”, he explained.

Furthermore the two airlines consider another cooperation. “We are planning to
introduce the first Code-Share flights with the start of the winter timetable
2006/07 in November”, Ernst Funk stated. A joint code allows the airlines to use
their own flight numbers also on flights operated by the partner airline.

Air Malta has operated to Germany since its launch in 1974. Currently Air Malta
flies to Frankfurt, Munich, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne. Lufthansa has
been operating to Malta for more than 20 years.