Air Malta’s board has appointed Clifford Chetcuti as CEO, effective Sept. 1.

Chetcuti will take over from Joseph Galea, who joined the airline in 2014 as deputy CCO and has been acting CEO since 2016.

“Mr. Galea’s contract ends in August and he had informed the airline that he has decided to branch into tourism consultancy,” Air Malta said.

Under Galea’s leadership, Air Malta is looking to break even for the period to March 2018.

Chetcuti started out as an Air Malta cadet pilot in 1987. He joined Emirates in 1994 and was promoted to captain in 1999. After holding various managerial roles with Emirates, he joined Qatar Airways as a flight training consultant, before becoming VP-flight training. In this role, he oversaw the training needs of 4,000 pilots and headed up Qatar’s incident management center.

During his career, Chetcuti has flown Airbus A300s, A310s, A320s, A330s, A340s, A350s and A380s, as well as Boeing 737s, accumulating more than 15,000 flying hours. He also has broad experience of change management.

“He will be using his expertise to focus on the improvement of efficiencies in Air Malta’s organizational structure and its brand image,” Air Malta said.

Chetcuti will report to Air Malta’s chairman and board.

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