Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Turkish F16 shoots down Russian Su-24 over Syria

A Turkish F-16 fighter today shot down a Russian Su-24 Fencer attack aircraft that it claims entered its airspace. Initial reports say at least one pilot died. The Fencer was deployed at Hmeymim airfield, in Syria. 

Tragedy with Russian Su-24 downed in Syria to have serious consequences for Moscow-Ankara relations, Vladimir Putin stated. Russia's president stated that the incident with Su-24 in Syria is beyond regular war against terrorism. "Our jet fell six kilometers away from the border, within Syrian arispace."  (Source: &, 24-Nov-2015)

BOC Aviation orders 11 B738s and 11 737 MAX 8s

Boeing and BOC Aviation announced an order for 22 737 airplanes, building on the leasing company's existing order book to fulfill customer demand. The order, consisting of 11 Next-Generation 737-800s and 11 737 MAX 8 airplanes, will be posted to Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 24-Nov-2015)

Airbus' A320neo receives joint EASA and FAA type certification

The world's best-selling single aisle aircraft, the A320neo, has received today the joint type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The certified aircraft is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100G-JM engines. (Source: Airbus, 24-Nov-2015)

China's Jiangsu Baoli orders four Ka-32A11BC fire-fighting helicopters

Russian Helicopters (part of State Corporation Rostec) has signed a contract with China's Jiangsu Baoli for delivery of four Ka-32A11BC fire-fighting helicopters in 2016-2017. Once delivered to China, the Ka-32A11BC helicopters will be used in fire-fighting operations, as well as for patrols and supporting special operations. (Source: Russian Helicopters, 23-Nov-2015)

Lectern order two K-MAX heavy-lift utility helicopters

Kaman Aerospace Group announced today that its Air Vehicles and MRO division has executed an agreement for delivery in 2017 of two manned K-MAX heavy-lift utility helicopters with Lectern Aviation Supplies Co., Ltd. (Lectern) of China. (Source: Kaman Aerospace Group, 23-Nov-2015)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

EVA Airways finalizes an order for up to 24 787-10 Dreamliners and two B77Ws

Boeing  and EVA Airways today finalized a historic order for up to 24 787-10 Dreamliners and two 777-300ER (Extended Range) jetliners. The order, valued at more than $8 billion at current list prices, marks the largest single commercial airplane purchase in Taiwan aviation. (Source: Boeing, 24-Nov-2015)

U.S. Apache helicopter crashes in the county of Wonju in Gangwon province

A U.S. Army Apache helicopter crashed in central South Korea on Monday during a training mission, killing two pilots aboard, police and military officials said. The attack helicopter went down in the county of Wonju in Gangwon province, officials said. 

The helicopter was assigned to the Second Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, said Captain J. Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. "This happened during a routine training mission and sadly did kill both pilots," Davis said. "The cause is currently under investigation." The identities of the pilots were being withheld pending notification of their families. (Source:, 23-Nov-2015)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Aviatraffic B733 makes a hard landing at Osh, all gear collapses

An Aviatraffic Company Kyrgyzstan Boeing 737-300 (EX-37005), performing flight YK-768 from Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) to Osh (Kyrgyzstan) with 153 passengers and six crew, performed an ILS approach to Osh's runway 12 at about 0756lt (0156z) but touched down hard causing all gear to collapse and separate. 

The aircraft went off the runway and ran over rough terrain, the left hand engine (CFM56) separated and the right hand engine received substantial damage before the aircraft came to a stop about 1500m down the runway. Three occupants received serious, five occupants minor injuries. six injured were taken to hospitals, two refused treatment. The aircraft sustained substantial damage beyond economic repair. (Source:, 22-Nov-2015)

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Royal Navy HMS Bulwark calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Albion-class amphibious transport dock HMS Bulwark (L 15) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British LPD is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta on November 30th. (22-Nov-2015)

Future USS Omaha launched

The future USS Omaha (LCS 12) launched Nov. 20, marking another important production milestone for the littoral combat ship (LCS) program. Omaha was rolled out of her assembly bay at the Austal USA Shipyard onto a barge for transfer down the Mobile River to a floating drydock at BAE Shipyard on Nov. 19th. The ship entered the water on Nov. 20th when the drydock was flooded and the ship floated off the blocks. The ship will return to Austal's final assembly pier to continue outfitting, system activation and testing. She is scheduled to be christened on Dec. 19th. (Source: U.S. Navy, 20-Nov-2015)

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Irish Naval Service LE Samuel Beckett calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Samuel Beckett-class offshore-patrol vessel LE Samuel Beckett (P 61) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish OPV is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after a short stay. (21-Nov-2015)

Skygreece now officially bankrupt

Skygreece Airlines has filed for bankruptcy approximately two months after it filed for protection from creditors. Ernst & Young, the airline's Canadian court appointed trustee, confirmed the move to CBC News Canada. Skygreece blamed Greece's ongoing economic crisis for what it termed "an immediate and dramatic reduction in ticket sales" for its suspension of operations in August this year. (Source:, 20-Nov-2015)             

Friday, November 20, 2015

BAE Systems receives contract for fifth Astute-class nuclear attack submarine for Royal Navy

The British government has awarded BAE Systems a £1.3 billion contract to build the fifth Astute-class nuclear attack submarine. Both time and money are being saved on the building of Anson, the Royal Navy’s fifth Astute submarine. Savings of £50 million for the taxpayer have been achieved during negotiations with BAE Systems, and the agreed build time is to date the shortest ever for the Astute Class, with a current schedule some nine months ahead of that for Boat 3 (Artful). (Source: U.K. Ministry of Defence, 19-Nov-2015)

Thursday, November 19, 2015

China signs a contract with Russia on the delivery of 24 Su-35s

Russia and China have signed a contract, estimated to be worth $2 billion, on the delivery of 24 multirole Su-35 Flanker jet fighters, Rostec's director of international cooperation and regional policy V. Kladov said Thursday. He added that China is the first foreign country to sign a contract on the delivery of the newest Su-35s. (Source:, 19-Nov-2015)

BIW authenticates the keel of future guided-missile destroyer USS Thomas Hudner

General Dynamics Bath Iron Works (BIW) held a keel-laying ceremony for the Thomas Hudner (DDG 116), the company’s 36th Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, on Nov. 16th. The ship is named for Captain Thomas Hudner Jr., U.S. Navy (ret.), a Korean War aviator and Medal of Honor recipient. (Source: General Dyanmics, 18-Nov-2015)

CSA Czech Airlines to operate Prague-Malta route next summer

CSA Czech Airlines in summer 2016 season plans to introduce additional new routes from Prague, including amongst is the new route to Malta. The Prague-Malta-Prague will commence on Jun. 11th with one weekly flight, on Saturdays, up to Sep. 24th. A second weekly route will be introduced on Tuesdays between Jun. 28th and Aug. 30th. (Source:, 18-Nov-2015)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

easyJet orders an additional 36 A320 Family aircraft

easyJet has signed a firm order for a further 36 A320 Family aircraft taking its cumulative order for the type to 451. The agreement for six A320ceo and 30 A320neo makes easyJet one of the world’s biggest airline customers for the A320ceo Family with 321 ordered and also for the A320neo with 130 on order. (Source: Airbus, 17-Nov-2015)

Flexjet signs MoU to purchase 20 Challenger 350s

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Flexjet LLC of Richardson, Texas, to purchase 20 Challenger 350 aircraft. The transaction is valued at approximately US$544 million, based on the current list price for standard-equipped aircraft. (Source: Bombardier, 17-Nov-2015)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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: none

  • 9H-ALF - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5759), registered to Oasis Flight Malta Ltd.
  • 9H-VLA - Boeing B737-400 (c/n. 27003/2328), registered to Valorfly Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 16-Nov-2015)

Undisclosed customers order four new BBJ MAX 8s

Boeing Business Jets today announced orders for four new BBJ MAX 8 airplanes at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas. The first order to an undisclosed customer based in the Middle East is for three BBJ MAX 8s. The second order for an undisclosed customer in Asia is for one BBJ MAX 8. (Source: Boeing, 16-Nov-2015)

Saturday, November 14, 2015

TAP Portugal orders 14 A330-900neo and 39 A320neo Family aircraft

TAP Portugal has signed a firm order with Airbus for 53 Widebody and single aisle aircraft including 14 A330-900neo, and 39 A320neo Family aircraft (15 A320neos and 24 A321neos). The aircraft will join TAP Portugal’s fleet as part of its fleet renewal announced by the airline’s new majority owner Atlantic Gateway. As part of the agreement, TAP Portugal is replacing its previous order of 12 A350-900s with the A330-900neo. (Source: Airbus, 13-Nov-2015)

Lao Skyway MA60 veers of the runway on landing at Vientiane

A Lao Skyway Xian MA-60 (RDPL-34226),  performing flight LLL-265 from Luang Prabang to Vientiane (Laos), landed on Vientiane Wattay International Airport's runway 13 but went off the runway and came to a stop on soft ground at about 1400lt (0700z). There were no injuries, the damage to the aircraft is being assessed. (Source:, 13-Nov-2015)

Northrop Grumman receives contract for one E-2D for Japan

Northrop Grumman is being awarded a $151.3 million modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive (firm target) contract (N00019-13-C-9999) for the procurement of one Japan configuration E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft for the government of Japan under the Foreign Military Sales program.  Work is expected to be completed in March 2018. U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 12-Nov-2015)

Friday, November 13, 2015

IBERIA Express adds Madrid-Malta service in summer 2016

Iberia Express, Iberia's low-cost subsidiary, in summer 2016 season plans to offer flights on Madrid-Malta route. The Madrid-Malta-Madrid will commence on Jun. 18th with three weekly flights (on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) up to Sep. 17th (Source:, 13-Nov-2015)

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Icelandic Coast Guard Tyr calls at Valletta Port

The Icelandic Coast Guard Aegir-class offshore-patrol vessel Tyr has sailed into Valletta Port this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her ninth visit in the Grand Harbour this year. 

The Icelandic OPV is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days (12-Nov-2015)