Two months after Avion Express Malta (MLH, Malta Int'l), a subsidiary of Lithuania's Avion Express (X9, Vilnius), completed its certification, the Maltese ACMI/charter start-up has applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit and an exemption authority.

The application states that, consistent with the rights available to carriers of parties to the EU-US Open Skies Agreement, Avion Express Malta intends to operate charter flights ferrying passengers, cargo, and mail between any point or points behind any EU member state and any point or points in the United States and beyond, via any intermediate points.

Answers to the foreign air carrier permit application are due on or before July 24.

“Establishing a subsidiary company in Malta is a very important step for our company,” Avion Express CEO Darius Kajokas said in a statement in May. “Malta is an FAA-approved country which gives us access to the US market and opens a lot of opportunities to strengthen our leading position as a global ACMI provider on narrowbodies.”

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Avion Express Malta's fleet currently consists of single A320-200 that is wet-leased to Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen).