Eligibility Rules for Aircraft Registration In Malta

ACS-Malta-Eligibility-RulesEligibility Rules for Registration

An aircraft may be registered in Malta by any of the following persons:

  • An owner who also operates the said aircraft;
  • An owner of an aircraft under construction or temporarily not being operated or managed;
  • An operator of an aircraft under a temporary title; or
  • A buyer of an aircraft under a conditional sale or title reservation agreement or similar agreement, and who is thereby authorised to operate the vessel.

The following persons are qualified to register aircraft in Malta as detailed below:


Any aircraft (whether for private or commercial use)
  • The Government of Malta;
  • A Maltese citizen or a citizen of a Member State of the E.U. or of an EEA State, or Switzerland, having a Maltese place of residence or business, the E.U., the EEA, or Switzerland, including a person sharing in the ownership of such aircraft by virtue of the community of acquests subsisting between such person and a citizen as described above in whose name the aircraft is registered;
  • An undertaking formed and existing in accordance with the laws of Malta, of a Member State of the E.U., of an EEA State, or of Switzerland and having its registered office, central administration and principal place of business within Malta, or the E.U., or the EEA, or Switzerland, whereof not less than 50% of the undertaking is owned and effectively controlled by the Government of Malta, or by any Member State of the E.U. or by persons referred to above, whether directly or indirectly through one or more intermediate undertakings.
Private aircraft
  • A natural person who is a citizen of, or an undertaking established in, a member country of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and any other country approved by the Minister by notice for the purposes of the Act (termed “International Registrant” in the Act), provided it:

– has legal capacity to own/operate an aircraft in terms of law;

– appoints a local resident agent to represent the owner in Malta for matters concerning the registration of the aircraft;

– complies with applicable regulations/guidelines.

  • The following countries fall within the definition of “approved jurisdictions” as prescribed by the Aircraft Registration Act -;Albania, Algeria, Aruba, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, China, Croatia, Egypt, Georgia, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Isle of Man, Kosovo, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Oman, Panama, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saint Lucia, San Marino, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates.



Aircraft Registration in Malta

We offer a private and bespoke service to make the process as easy for you as possible. We will help you to navigate the complexities and administrative aspects of aircraft registration Malta as quickly and smoothly as possible. As one of the leading firms in this quickly developing field, ACS has been involved in several “firsts” by enabling clients to use the Maltese system in creative ways. This has provided us with an expanded scope of what is possible and a range of contacts that are able to help make your specific goals a reality. If you would like to discuss your specific circumstances and requirements, we will be pleased to help.

Malta has the following advantages as a jurisdiction for aircraft registration:

  • Politically stable, EU jurisdiction, in a convenient location in Europe, close to Africa and the Middle East;
  • A well established legal infrastructure which is sensitive to the rights of those holding security interests in aircraft and also has a mature law on trusts.
  • Enhanced visibility of rights in aircraft: Malta has an all-inclusive National Aircraft Register which integrates the aircraft and mortgage registers. Therefore details as to ownership, technical information and third party rights over the aircraft and its engines are available in the same place;
  • An attractive fiscal regime, details of which can be found in the Resources section of this site;
  • Availability of a wide range of airline services ranging from aircraft and engine maintenance, repair and overhaul to software development, aircraft management, aircraft maintenance training and ancillary support services;
  • The highest standards of safety and security: Malta is an EASA certified state and has an FAA Category 1 rating;
  • A Cape Town Convention State, thereby enabling debtors situated in Malta to be entitled to a reduction on their borrowing costs (the “Cape Town discount”);
  • All legislation is written in both Maltese and English
  • An efficient, skilled, cost-effective multi-lingual workforce, with English being an official language. Operational costs are generally between half and two-thirds of those elsewhere in Europe and its industrial relations record is strong;
  • Malta has a strong body of professional legal and financial expertise, with its banking sector consistently ranked amongst the soundest in the world;
  • A clear strategic political vision and national policy supporting business, the aviation industry and its clusters;
  • No local directors/shareholders are required for private aircraft registration – only a resident agent is needed;
  • Because Malta is an EU member state, a Maltese registered aircraft has freedom of movement within the EU countries both on international and internal flights;
  • Recognition of fractional ownership;
  • The possibility of registering aircraft which is still under construction, provided that it is uniquely identifiable.
  • Robust legislative framework and extensive network of Double Taxation Agreements, which is detailed in the Resources section of this site;
  • Broad registration possibilities for aircraft not used in commercial air transport (details here);
  • Implementation of the Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and its Aircraft Protocol facilitating the acquisition of aircraft and granting extensive powers to secured lenders to enforce their rights;
  • Malta International Airport is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.