11 SEPTEMBER 2002

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Tenth Malta International Airshow for end of the month

The tenth edition of the Malta International Airshow will be held this year between 28 and 29 September at the Malta International Airport. Vodafone Malta Limited will once again be the event’s main sponsors.

This year’s show will see the participation of over 100 aircraft from Malta, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Italy, France, Norway, Sweden, UK and USA.

However and as in most years, the main attraction for the general public will undoubtedly be the aerobatic display of the famous Red Arrows on Saturday 28 September.

In many ways this year’s edition coincides with a number of important anniversaries being celebrated during the airshow. Apart from being the tenth edition of the airshow itself, Malta International Airport is also celebrating its tenth anniversary since commencing its operations.

Malta is also celebrating its 60th anniversary since being awarded with the George Cross. In fact, the organising committee has managed to obtain permission from the President of Malta to display the George Cross proper during the airshow.

To commemorate the event, veterans from the WW2 have been invited to Malta whilst the British Royal Navy will have a strong participation. Furthermore, the British Royal Air Force is specially sending a Spitfire that will be on display and will also be flying on both days of the airshow.

"Thanks to Vodafone Malta, aircraft enthusiasts will, once again, be enjoying a very special event this September. This is especially the case because the displays will not just be static. Apart from the aerial displays, which are such an exciting feature of the annual airshow, visitors will also be able to see the Ferrari cars in action," said Joseph C. Grioli, Vodafone Malta’s Managing Director.

"As the airshow draws nearer, the anticipation amongst the Maltese aviation enthusiasts is clearly growing. This is a very prestigious event not just for enthusiasts but for Malta. Vodafone Malta is proud to be the main sponsor of this event, which should make the weekend of the 28th and 29th September a memorable one," Mr Grioli adds.

In fact, after the great success of last year’s event, the Ferrari Owners’ Club Malta is once again organising the Ferrari Raduno, with the main attraction being during the airshow on Sunday with the presence of the Ferrari cars.

Ferrari Owners’ Club Malta President Ray Vella said that this year’s event, which will be officially recognised as ‘The Ferrari legend in Malta, will prove to be even more exciting than last year’s. Mr Vella added that the organisation of such an event is of course only possible through the very hard work of the dedicated Club Committee members, the association and collaboration with the Malta International Air Show organising committee and the exclusive sponsorship by Vodafone.

The Malta International Airshow is organised jointly by Malta International Airport plc, the Malta Aviation Society (a non-governmental organisation), the Armed Forces of Malta, Malta Air Traffic Services and the Ministry of Economic Services.

 



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