“The summer pause proved to be an exceptionally busy time for us as we worked to arrange the Certificate,” explained Air Charter Scotland Commercial Director and Accountable Manager Derek Thomson. “The establishment of Air Charter Scotland Europe marks a significant and strategic step for our 20-year-old business as we look to add more managed aircraft to our fleet and open new bases this spring. Thanks to the excellent efficiency and strong regulatory aviation knowledge of the Maltese regulator, the whole registration process worked extremely well,” he said.
Derek and his team worked closely with the Maltese Civil Aviation Directorate and law firm Valletta-based GVZH Advocates through the extensive application process, satisfying Transport Malta’s exacting due diligence process. Dialogue commenced with Charles Pace, Director General, Transport Malta, following a meeting at EBACE in Geneva in 2018.
“We determined late in 2019 it was a sensible step to embark upon to protect us from whatever obstacles Brexit would throw up, operationally. We intend to have a third aircraft on the registry by April, giving us and our clients, the utmost flexibility in being able to offer charter in the EU territories,” Derek said. “Having both G-registered and 9H-registered aircraft puts us in a strong position for charter work when the rebound comes.”
“We are very pleased to welcome Air Charter Scotland Europe to our international registry,” commented Charles Pace, Director General, Transport Malta. “They are a terrific team, highly professional, and committed to doing things properly. We worked very well together, along with Dr Katrina Abela at GVZH, talking on Microsoft Teams mostly and signed off on their second aircraft, 9H-WIN on 15th December 2020.”