“Air Malta provides a social service (and bears the attendant costs)” how can it be doing that if it is about to receive a subsidy to cover losses. Sure BA and Flybe will get paid for thier social aspects, but then someone has to pay and if it is not on a as used basis it has to be through a subsidy.
You are just being perdantic over what I said about BA not receiving a penny in government aid. You know I was refering to now, 2011, not the dim and distant past. Concorde was different in many ways and has nothing to do with the discussion. I think that you bring this up in desperation to justify the subsidy Air Malta will receive.