Air Malta lands Airbus A320neo at Florence Peretola Airport

Fiorentina football team together with Captain Emvic Debono, Air Malta’s Chief Officer Flight Operations, and the crew of the flight headed by Captain Mark Micallef. (source: Air Malta Media/Daniel Balzan)

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Air Malta landed an Airbus A320neo at Florence Peretola Airport to fly the Fiorentina football team to Malta, according to a press statement the airline published at the beginning of January. The flight hosted the Italian Serie A football team Fiorentina on board.

“As no A320neo has ever operated into Florence, the team, together with the operating crew, had to conduct calculations and assessments to seek approval from the Florence Airport Authority prior to being able to fly and operate into this airport,” the press statement says.

The Fiorentina team visited Malta and attended a triangular tournament with Maltese Premier League sides Hibernians and Gżira United. The club also engaged in intensive training at the Malta Football Association’s Training Grounds in Ta’ Qali.

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“Various international football clubs are increasingly choosing Malta for their mid-season training camps since the islands offer great training facilities, local support, ancillary services, flight connections and a temperate climate,” the press statement adds.