Monday 27 March 2017

Love is in the air: Newlywed pilot traces love heart into skies

A strange shape in the skies? The flight path turned out to have been created by a couple of newlywed airline staff on board an Air Malta flight.
A strange shape in the skies? The flight path turned out to have been created by a couple of newlywed airline staff on board an Air Malta flight.
Captain Charles Borg Giuliano, an Air Malta pilot, and Julia Lynne Saliband, a member of the airline's cabin crew - took to the skies to celebrate after their wedding at Malta International.
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

It's not every day that aviation geeks are baffled by a heart-shaped flight path over the Mediterranean.

That's exactly what happened Tuesday, however - when an Air Malta flight left Luqa and traced two hearts into the skies before returning to the same airport.

The flight path was created after a couple of newlyweds - Captain Charles Borg Giuliano, an Air Malta pilot, and Julia Lynne Saliband, a member of the airline's cabin crew - took to the skies to celebrate.

The pair were married earlier that day in a ceremony at Malta International Airport.

Afterwards, they boarded flight KM 14JC, taking their unusual journey before returning to an arrivals board that displayed the status 'JUST MARRIED'.

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Captain Charles Borg Giuliano and Julia Lynne Saliband

An image of the flight was published on flightradar24.com, and you can watch a video of the flight path here.

14 months earlier, Captain Giuliano had proposed to his sweetheart in similarly extravagant fashion... on Valentine's Day.

On February 14, 2014, the pilot had asked Ms Saliba to enter the flight deck, where he proposed mid-flight. He planned the route around Sicily and Mount Etna carefully to create another heart-shaped fly path.

The couple were joined by family, friends and colleagues on their flight this week.

"Air Malta would like to congratulate Captain Charles Borg Giuliano and crew Julia Lynne Saliba for this extraordinary initiative and augurs them a happy married life together," the airline said on its website.

The couple chartered and paid for the flight themselves, Air Malta said, while the ceremony and flight were organised with the assistance of Malta International Airport and the Malta Air Traffic Services.

Giuliano and Saliband join around 25 other married couples who are Air Malta staff members.

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