Qatar Airways is to launch direct flights to and from Malta.
The award-winning airline said services would start in the first quarter of 2019.
It has also agreed to train 20 cadet pilots in Malta, following talks with Maltese tourism minister Konrad Mizzi.
The cadets will build up their hours flying Airbus A320s with experienced Maltese training captains.
Qatar Airways chief executive Akbar Al Baker said the new route would link Malta with the world.
He added: ‘Qatar Airways is committed to responding to customer demand by flying our passengers where they want to go and providing them with our unrivalled five-star service to destinations around the world.
‘We will be delighted to welcome Malta into our route network, and to be able to provide the Maltese people with a new gateway to the world.
‘We look forward to welcoming our new Maltese passengers on board and to connecting them to Doha and many points beyond.’
The airline operates more than 200 aircraft to a network of more than 150 destinations across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, North America and South America.
It is launching a host of exciting new destinations this year, including Canberra in Australia, St Petersburg in Russia and Cardiff in Wales.
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