Malta’s Airhub Aviation Eyes Significant Fleet Growth

Airhub Aviation A340 after conversion
Credit: Airhub Aviation

Malta-headquartered Airhub Aviation has announced plans to add 11 aircraft to its fleet by summer 2022, as it seeks clearance to fly U.S. cargo flights.

Airhub Aviation, which has a commercial office in Dubai, is active in wet-lease flying, passenger and cargo charters, aircraft management, aviation training, recruitment services and MRO.

The company’s fleet currently comprises three Airbus A320s in a 180-seat all-economy layout and two zero-LOPA (layout of passenger accommodations) A340s. 

On Dec. 10, Airhub Aviation said it had taken delivery of the second of the A340s (MSN 938), which will be used to perform cargo flights between Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. Both A340s were converted by Aviatic MRO at Siauliai International Airport in Lithuania.

Airhub Aviation VP commercial Husam Kharoufah said cargo demand is “showing no sign of slowing” and the company is in the “last stages” of securing an FAA exemption to carry cargo to and from the U.S.

“We are continuously looking to expand our fleet, as we expect to have three additional A340s in zero-LOPA configuration, two Airbus A330s and six Boeing 737-800s by summer 2022,” Kharoufah said. “The configuration of the A330s will depend on the market dynamics.” 

Victoria Moores

Victoria Moores joined Air Transport World as our London-based European Editor/Bureau Chief on 18 June 2012. Victoria has nearly 20 years’ aviation industry experience, spanning airline ground operations, analytical, journalism and communications roles.