Clifford Chetcuti started his career in aviation as a cadet pilot with Air Malta in 1987. He completed his training at Air Service Training in Perth Scotland where he was the recipient of the Principals Award as pilot of the year 1988.
He joined Emirates in 1994 and was promoted to Captain in 1999 where his career path saw him progress through various managerial roles within the company. He eventually was appointed as Chief Flying Instructor for the Airbus Fleet. During his tenure he oversaw the operational and training requirements of 2000 pilots at the airline including overseeing entry into service of the A380 Fleet. He operated as a Captain on the Emirates inaugural A380 flight from Dubai to New York in August 2006.
He left Emirates in 2016 to join Qatar Airways initially as a consultant on organizational and operational aspects of the Flight Training Department. Subsequently he was appointed as Vice President Flight Training and Head of the Approved Training Organization managing more than 4000 pilots as the Nominated Person for Flight Training, reporting to the Accountable Manager His Excellency Akbar Al Baker.
He was also the Director of the Deployed Response Group responsible for the overall management of the Incident Management Centre for Qatar Airways and Member of the Qatar Airways Group Safety and Security Committee.
In Sept 2018 he joined Air Malta as the CEO reporting to the Board of Directors, a position he holds to this date.
He flew the B737, A300, A310, A320, A330, A340, A350 and A380 and has more than 15000 hours of flying experience.
Born in Malta, Clifford was educated at Saint Aloysius College and the University of Malta where he interrupted is B. Mech Eng program to join the Air Malta cadet pilot program.