Private Aircraft

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The fact that British aviation armed forces had been based in Malta for 150 years till 1964  has given Malta a sound base for a prosperous aviation industry and attracts internationally renowned companies to set up operations in Malta. As part of its economic development strategy, Malta is supporting diverse sectors in the aviation industry, including maintenance, repair and overhaul operations, back office setups, R&D, private aircrafts and the production of aircraft components.

Malta is now deemed to be a highly competitive jurisdiction for aircraft registration, thanks to the Aircraft Registration Act. Chetcuti Cauchi’s private aircraft practice group is able to assist aircraft owners and operators in various legal aspects related to aircraft registration, including assistance with applications for Air Operator Certificates and Operating Licenses from the Civil Aviation Directorate in Malta. We also assist buyers and sellers, as well as lessors and lessees with air craft transactions of all sizes and levels of complexity.

Cyprus has experienced its fair share of growth in the aviation sector. Recently, the Cypriot government introduced a private aircraft leasing scheme for VAT purposes that offers considerable VAT savings and gives one of the lowers effective rate of tax in the EU. This introduction of this scheme was a catalyst in the private aircraft sector and has attracted a number of professionals in the area with the possibility of lowering VAT rates to as low as 4.37%

Our Private Aircraft Law Services

Chetcuti Cauchi’s Private Aircraft Practice group has witness exceptional growth in the aviation industry as registration of aircraft in Malta, sale and purchasing deals, aircraft chartering and leasing as well as the negotiations and drafting of aviation related service agreements such as servicing maintenance and repair agreements.  In addition we gained knowledge and experience in various other areas, such as bilateral air services agreements, conditions of carriage, regulation of airlines, insurance, and regulation of unlawful conduct on board of aircraft and seizure of aircraft. Our services include:

  • Aircraft registration
  • Aircraft mortgage
  • Aircraft certification
  • Aircraft sales and purchases
  • Aircraft charter and lease
  • Aircraft finance, insurance

Private Aircraft Practice Lawyers

We specialise in the use of Malta and Cyprus companies in local and international aircraft ownership and management structures for the purpose of VAT and tax planning maximization. Our work includes high profile matters such as corporate structuring and tax planning. Chetcuti Cauchi’s practice team acts as a project manager to very high valued transactions, often leading negotiations with counter-parties, banks and authorities. 

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