Captain Clifford Chetcuti has been appointed as Air Malta’s new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 1st September 2018.
“Capt. Chetcuti will be using his expertise to focus on the improvement of efficiencies in Air Malta’s organisational structure and its brand image, ensuring it is prepared to become the Airline of the Mediterranean,” a press release from the airline read.
“Capt. Chetcuti has a vast experience in the aviation industry particularly in flight operations, training and aviation practices. During his experience abroad, he was instrumental to successfully developing operational areas with Emirates and Qatar Airways.”
Captain Chetcuti replaces Joseph Galea, who has been acting CEO of the national airline since 2016. Mr Galea held this post for the last two years, during which the airline experienced a period of growth, and is looking at a possible break-even by end March 18.
Clifford Chetcuti started his career in aviation as a cadet pilot with Air Malta in 1987. He completed his training at Air Service Training in Perth Scotland where he was the recipient of the Principals Award as Pilot of the Year 1988.
He joined Emirates in 1994 and was promoted to Captain in 1999, where his career path saw him progress through various managerial roles within the company. He was a captain during Emirates’ inaugural A380 flight from Dubai to New York in August 2008.
He left Emirates in 2016 to join Qatar Airways initially as a consultant on organizational and operational aspects of the Flight Training Department. Subsequently he was appointed as Vice President Flight Training and Head of the Approved Training Organization, managing more than 4000 pilots as the Nominated Person for Flight Training.
He was the Director of the Deployed Response Group responsible for the overall management of the Incident Management Centre for Qatar Airways and member of the Qatar Airways Group Safety and Security Committee.
"Clifford’s strength is his influencing leadership style that empowers his team to deliver results. His broad experience in management of change focuses on establishing sound processes, which deliver pragmatic and efficient organisational outcomes," the press statement from Air Malta said.