This is what a flight on the new airline replacing Air Malta looks like.

If you’re struggling to tell the difference, they changed the ties and the lanyards. The rest is the same. Ah yes, they wiped several hundreds of millions in accumulated losses over time.

Look, I’m happy as the next guy that the Maltese cross continues to fly high. But this is starting to look worryingly like a creative dodge of illegal state aid rules. I know you’ve heard it before but this truly is the last chance of survival for a national airline, which would make it the last chance for lasting change. Have you heard anything about any of that?

It’s all in the ties.