Challenge Airlines MT completes its first flight

Challenge Airlines MT first flight. Photo: Challenge Group

Challenge Airlines MT has completed its first flight with some special historic cargo onboard.

The Malta-registered cargo carrier, which received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) on November 1, brought the Flemish Tapestries from Liège, Belgium to Malta.

Challenge Airlines MT provided logistical support as well as the flight.

“320 years ago, these valuable Flemish Tapestries made their way by ship from Belgium to Malta. Today, we are honoured and delighted to have been chosen to return them again to their home in St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta,” said Yossi Shoukroun, chief executive of Challenge Group.

The tapestries have belonged to the Co-Cathedral for 350 years and underwent restoration work before their departure from Liège.

Challenge Airlines MT, registered as 9H, owns a fleet of two B767-300ER, each with a payload of 60 tonnes.

Ten pilots are stationed at Challenge Group’s headquarters in Malta, ready to operate regular flights between Liège (LGG), Tel Aviv (TLV), Sharjah (SHJ), New York (JFK), and Indian Sub-Continent (ISC), in the coming future.

Challenge Airlines MT receives Malta AOC

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Rebecca Jeffrey

Rebecca Jeffrey
New to aviation journalism, I joined Air Cargo News in late 2021 as deputy editor. I previously worked for Mercator Media’s six maritime sector magazines as a reporter, heading up news for Port Strategy. Prior to this, I was editor for Recruitment International (now TALiNT International). Contact me on: [email protected]