Thursday, July 31, 2014

ANA finalizes an order for 40 Boeing widebody airplanes

Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today finalized an order for 40 widebody airplanes – 20 777-9Xs, 14 787-9 Dreamliners and six 777-300ERs (Extended Range) – as part of the airline's strategic long-haul fleet renewal plan. The order, valued at approximately US$13 billion at list prices, was originally announced as a commitment in March. (Source: Boeing, 31-Jul-2014)

ANA Holdings firms up an order for 30 A320neo Family aircraft

ANA Holdings has firmed up an order for 30 A320neo Family aircraft (seven A320neo and 23 A321neo). The initial agreement was announced in March 2014. The aircraft will be part of ANA Holdings fleet development and modernisation strategy to replace its existing single-aisle fleet in the coming years. Deliveries will start from 2016. (Source: Airbus, 31-Jul-2014)

Undisclosed customer signs firm order for five Q400 NextGens

Bombardier announced today that an airline, which has requested to remain unidentified at the present time, has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 NextGen turboprop airliners. Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen airliner, the transaction is valued at approximately US$168 million. (Source: Bombardier Aerospace, 30-Jul-2014)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WestJet Encore converts five Bombardier Q400 NextGens options into firm order

Bombardier announced today that WestJet Encore Ltd. has signed a firm purchase agreement for five Q400 NextGen airliners. This transaction is a conversion of a batch of five options booked by the carrier's parent company WestJet and follows the first conversion of five option aircraft announced on Mar. 27, 2014, bringing the number of option aircraft exercised to ten. The initial total of 25 option aircraft was part of the original contract announced on Aug. 1, 2012 that included WestJet's firm order for 20 Q400 NextGen airliners. Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen airliner, the transaction announced today is valued at approximately US$167 million. (Source: Bombardier Aerospace, 29-Jul-2014)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 
  • 9H-ELP - Cessna 172S (c/n. 172S-8742), registered to Yacht & Jet Ltd.
Cancellation/s: none

View the complete Malta Aircraft Register

(Source: Transport Malta, 29-Jul-2014)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ANA takes delivery of its first 787-9 Deamliner

Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today celebrated the delivery of the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner. ANA will become the world's first airline to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 services on domestic Japanese routes in August. (Source: Boeing, 29-Jul-2014)

Airbus terminates Skymark Airlines order for six A380s

Following discussions with Skymark Airlines and in light of the airline’s expressed intentions in respect of the A380, Airbus has in accordance with its contractual rights, notified Skymark Airlines that the purchase order for the six A380s signed in 2011 has been terminated. Airbus is reserving all its rights and remedies. (Source: Airbus, 29-Jul-2014)

EVA Air to lease four more B77Ws from GECAS

Taiwan's EVA Air has signed an agreement with GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) to lease four B777-300(ER)s. The aircraft, which add to two others of the same make signed for in February of this year, are scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2017. (Source:, 29-Jul-2014)

Brazil signs contract for three Airbus C295 SAR aircraft

Brazil has signed a contract with Airbus Defence and Space for the acquisition of three Airbus C295 search and rescue (SAR) aircraft. The three aircraft will progressively be delivered to the Brazilian Air Force (FAB) from the end of this year under the terms of an agreement which also includes a five-year Full In Service Support contract. In Brazilian service the SAR aircraft will join 12 transport-configured C295 aircraft, taking the total FAB C295 fleet to 15. (Source: Airbus Defence and Space, 28-Jul-2014)

Alitalia A320 diverts to Alexandria due to smoke in cockpit

An Alitalia Airbus A320-200 (EI-DSD), performing flight AZ-897 from Cairo (Egypt) to Rome-Fiumicino (Italy) with 118 passengers and six crew, was climbing out of Cairo when the crew stopped the climb at about FL250 and diverted to Alexandria (Egypt) reporting smoke in the cockpit. The aircraft landed safely on Alexandria's RWY 32. (Source;, 28-Jul-2014)

Kuwait Airways A306 diverts to Brussels due to cargo smoke indication

A Kuwait Airways Airbus A300-600 (9K-AMD),  performing flight KU-103 from Kuwait (Kuwait) to London-Heathrow (U.K.) with 219 passengers and 14 crew, was enroute at FL340 about 25nm east of Brussels (Belgium) when the crew decided to divert to Brussels reporting a forward cargo smoke indication. The aircraft landed safely on Brussels' RWY 25R about 20mins later, attending emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke. (Source:, 28-Jul-2014)

Russian AF MiG-29 crashes near Astrakhan

A Russian Air Force MiG-29 has crashed near Astrakhan on Sunday morning. The fighter’s pilot was killed in the crash, Air Force Commander-in-Chief Lt. General V. Bondarev told reporters. “We are investigating this incident and, according to preliminary data, the crash was caused by air equipment failure,” General Bondarev added. There has been no destruction on the ground as a result of the crash of a MiG-29, spokesman for the Russian Defence Ministry Maj. General I. Konashenkov told Itar-Tass. (Source:, 27-Jul-2014)

Friday, July 25, 2014

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 
  • 9H-AHA - Boeing B737-505 (c/n. 24647/2143), registered to Air X Charter Ltd. (ex N647EL)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 25-Jul-2014)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Swiftair MD83 crashes between Gao and Tessalit in Mali

A Swiftair McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (EC-TLV)  performing flight AH-5017 (on behalf of Air Algerie) from Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) to Algiers (Algeria) with 110 passengers and six crew, was enroute over Mali near Gao about 50 minutes into the flight at around 0255lt (0155z), when contact with the aircraft was lost. At about 1230z the commander of a United Nations mission in Mali reported the aircraft came down between Gao and Tessalit in Mali. There is no word about the fate of the occupants. (Source:, 24-Jul-2014)

Russian Navy RFS Vice-Admiral Kulakov in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Udaloy I-class destroyer RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov (626) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on an informal visit. 

This is RFS Vice-Admiral Kulakov's second visit in Valletta Port this year. Her first visit was from 10th to 14th July.

The Russian destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay and she' expected to sail from Malta on Monday, July 28th. (24-Jul-2014)

ATAC L-39 on static display at the 2014 Malta International Airshow

The Team on the Malta International Airshow 2014 is proud to confirm yet another participant with non-standard attributes. An L-39ZA from U.S. commercial company ATAC has agreed to provide one jet for static display. The nicely-camouflaged L-39 is mainly used for supporting air forces in various roles and ATAC is currently also operating in Germany supporting US Forces in Europe.

ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) comprises the world's largest out-sourced civilian, tactical airborne training organization and is proud to provide the highest-quality live training to fleets, squadrons and battalions that put their lives on the line every day in the name of freedom.

The L-39 Albatros is a widely flown trainer/light attack aircraft similar in mission to the Italian MB339. Until now is in service with various former Soviet allies. The basic trainer is not armed, but has two underwing pylons for drop tanks and practice weapons. Light-attack variants have four underwing hardpoints for ground attack stores; the ZA also has an underfuselage gun pod. (Source:, 24-Jul-2014)

India orders 32 Dhruv Mk.III helicopters

Hindustan Aeronautics has received approval to manufacture 32 Dhruv Mk.III advanced light helicopters, to be divided equally between the Indian navy and the country’s coastguard. Approved by the Indian government’s Defence Acquisition Council, the deal is worth around US$1.19 billion, also including spare parts, maintenance and in-service support. (Source: 23-Jul-2014)

Transasia AT75 crashes 1000m short of Makung's RWY 02, Taiwan

A Transasia ATR 72-500 (B-22810), performing flight GE-222 from Kaohsiung to Makung (Taiwan) with 54 passengers and four crew, was on final approach to Makung's RWY 02 in strong gusting winds descending through about 300 feet AGL about 1000m short of the runway when the aircraft made ground contact, struck buildings and burst into flames. 11 people received injuries and were taken to hospitals, 47 occupants perished. (Source:, 23-Jul-2014)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines signs MoU for six A330-800neo

Hawaiian Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for six A330-800neo aircraft. The agreement adds yet another name to the growing list of launch customers for the new aircraft type. The new commitment replaces a previous order placed by Hawaiian for six A350-800s. (Source: Airbus, 23-Jul-2014) 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

United Airways AT72 nose-gear collapses during roll out after landing at Coxs Bazar airport, Bangladesh

A United Airways ATR 72-212 (S2-AFN), performing flight 4H-501 (in July 20th) from Dhaka to Coxs Bazar (Bangladesh) with 43 passengers and five crew, touched down safely on Coxs Bazar's runway at 1745lt (1145z). During roll out the nose gear collapsed however causing the aircraft to come to rest on the runway center line resting on both main gear and the aircraft nose. There were no injuries, the aircraft received substantial damage.The airport was closed for about 22 hours until the aircraft could be moved off the runway.  (Source:, 21-Jul-2014)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Libyan Airlines CRJ9 and Afiriqyah Airways A332 destroyed on the ground at Tripoli IAP

A Libyan Airlines CRJ-900 (5A-LAB) and Afriqiyah Airways A332 (5N-ONF) were struck by RPG fire while on the the ground at Tripoli International Airport. Both aircraft were completely destroyed by the post fire. (Source:, 20-Aug-2014)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lockheed Martin receives FMS contract for six C-130J-30s for India

Lockheed Martin has been awarded a not to exceed US$564.7 million modification (P00273) to FA8625-11-C-6597 to fund six India foreign military sales (FMS) C-130J-30s, field service representatives and three years of post-delivery support after the first aircraft delivery. Work is expected to be completed by April 30, 2020. This contract is 100% FMS for India. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center/WLNNC, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 18-Jul-2014)

Air Malta and Etihad Airways expand code-share partnership

Air Malta and Etihad Airways have expanded their code-share agreement to provide travellers with improved connections between Europe, the GCC region and Australia. 

The two airlines extended their partnership to coincide with the launch of Etihad Airways’ service between Abu Dhabi and Rome this week. Air Malta is placing its ‘KM’ code and flight number on the new route, while Etihad Airways is placing its ‘EY’ code and flight number of Air Malta’s non-stop service between Rome and Malta.

In addition, Air Malta’s code and flight number will be placed on Etihad Airways’ services from Abu Dhabi to Australia for the first time, covering the UAE carrier’s existing flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as Perth, which also launched this week.

The expanded agreement follows the success of Air Malta’s existing code-share on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, Brussels and Manchester. (Source: Etihad Airways, 17-Jul-2014)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Royal Navy HMS Enterprise in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Echo-class survery vessel HMS Enterprise (H 88) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

HMS Enterprise is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Tuesday, July 22. (18-Jul-2014)

Thai Airways takes delivery of first Boeing 787-8

Thai Airways has taken delivery of its first of eight Boeing 787 aircraft on July 18th, a -8 variant. The aircraft will have 264 seats in a two-class configuration, with 24 business and 240 economy class seats, says the carrier. Out of the eight 787s it will receive on lease from AerCap over the next three years, six of them are the -8 variant, while the remaining two are -9s. (Source:, 18-Jul-2014)