Thursday, October 23, 2014

Royal Thai Navy and Air Force order five EC-645 T2s and two EC-725s

The airborne capabilities of Thailand’s navy and air force will be significantly enhanced with the acquisition of two mission-ready Airbus Helicopters rotorcraft types. The Royal Thai Navy signed for five EC-645 T2s to be deployed on transport duties and other missions, with deliveries scheduled to begin in 2016. The Royal Thai Air Force’s has signed for two addititonal EC-725 for SAR/CSAR missions. These two additional aircraft will be delivered in 2017, joining the four previously-ordered EC725s booked in 2012 for deliveries from 2015. (Source: Airbus Helicopters, 22-Oct-2014)

Hellenic Navy submarine Okeanos launched

The launching ceremony of the modernised submarine Okeanos of the Hellenic Navy took place at the premises of the Hellenic Shipyards S.A in Skaramangas and was officiated by his beatitude Metropolitan of Nikaia Mr. Alexios. The ceremony was attended by the President of the Hellenic Republic K. Papoulias and other government and military dignitaries. (Source:, 22-Oct-2014)

EVA Air to lease two B77Ws from BOC Aviation

Taiwan's EVA Air will lease two Boeing B777-300(ER)s from Singaporean lessor, BOC Aviation, with delivery of the aircraft scheduled for early 2017. The carrier currently operates eighteen of the type on its longhaul intercontinental network. (Source:, 22-Oct-2014)

Lufthansa CityLine to sell twelve CRJ700s to Regional One

Lufthansa CityLine has entered into an agreement to sell, over a twelve to fifteen month period, twelve of its CRJ-700 aircraft to Regional One, a Miami-based purchaser, lessor and seller of aircraft, parts, engines and engine parts. "The aircraft will be used in a variety of revenue streams which include aircraft sale, aircraft lease, engine sale/lease, component sale and exchange agreements," Regional One said in a press communique. (Source:, 22-Oct-2014)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Embraer rolls out KC-390 military airlift

Today Embraer rolled out the first prototype of the KC-390 military transport from the production hangar at the industrial plant of Gaviao Peixoto, Brazil. The event was attended by the Brazilian Minister of Defense, C. Amorim, the Commander of the Brazilian Air Force, Lieutenant-Brigadier General J. Saito, and delegations and representatives from more than 30 countries. This milestone roll-out will allow the company to perform important ground tests prior to the aircraft’s first flight, planned to take place by the end of this year. (Source: Embraer, 21-Oct-2014)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Russian Navy RFS Sibiryakov in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project 865 (Sibiryakov-class) hydrographic survey ship RFS Sibiryakov (СИБИРЯКОВ) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Russian survey ship is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta this Saturday, Oct. 25th. (21-Oct-2014)

Royal Navy of Oman full-rigged ship RNOV Shabab Oman II in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy of Oman full-rigged ship RNOV Shabab Oman II has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

Royal Navy of Oman has taken delivery of RNOV Shabab Oman on Sep. 12, 2004, during a ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

RNOV Shabab Oman II was designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, Amsterdam. Her keel was laid in Mar. 2013. She was built by Damen Shipyards, Galtati, Romania and launched on Dec. 2nd, 2013. In Jan. 2014, she was towed to Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (in Vlissingen) for fitting out, including the fitting of her masts.

RNOV Shabab Oman II will also serve as the training for the Royal Navy of Oman, having replaced the previous sail training ship of the same name (RNOV Shabab Oman, built in 1977).

THe Royal Navy of Oman sail training ship is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf (in the French creek), and she's expected to sail for Malta this Thursday, Oct. 23rd (21-Oct-2014)

Two USAF F-16s collide in mid-air southwest of Howard, Kansas

Two U.S. Air Force F-16s from the Oklahoma Air National Guard flying a training exercise out of Tulsa collided in mid-air this afternoon over southern Kansas, causing one of the pilots to eject from the aircraft. Oklahoma National Guard spokesman Col. M. Moss says neither pilot was seriously injured in the collision southwest of Howard, Kan.

Moss says the pilot of one jet was able to return to Tulsa International Airport and landed safely. That aircraft was met on the tarmac by several fire and rescue vehicles. The jets are assigned to the 138th Fighter Wing based at the airport. (Source:, 20-Oct-2014)

Monday, October 20, 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-SMB - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 (c/n. 9549), registered to Albinati Aviation Ltd. (ex M-MBAL)
Cancellation/s: none

View the complete Malta Aircraft Register

(Source: Transport Malta, 20-Oct-2014)

Lockheed Martin led industry team launches the USN's seventh LCS, Detroit

The Lockheed Martin led industry team launched the nation's seventh littoral combat ship (LCS), Detroit, into the Menominee River at Marinette Marine Corp. The ship's sponsor, Mrs. B. Levin, christened Detroit with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 18-Oct-2014)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft host MRJ roll-out ceremony

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation held a roll-out ceremony today for the MRJ (Mitsubishi Regional Jet), a next-generation regional jet, at the Komaki Minami Plant of MHI's Nagoya Aerospace Systems Works in Aichi Prefecture. After unveiling Japan's first jet aircraft, MHI and Mitsubishi Aircraft are now ready to proceed toward the MRJ's first flight scheduled for the April-June quarter of 2015. (Source: Mitsubishi Regional Jet, 18-Oct-2014)

Ryanair B738 returns to Malta IAP after reporting a problem with the nose gear

A Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-EPC), performing flight FR-6696 from Malta IAP to Edinburgh (U.K.) had to return back to Malta IAP yesterday evening after reporting a problem with the nose gear. The aircraft departed from RWY 13 at 1955lt, levelled off at 8000 feet to troubleshoot the problem and then to dump fuel, and re-landed safely RWY 13 at 2137lt. The stranded passengers where later trasferred to one of Ryanair's Malta-based B738s (EI-EVN) to operate the flight to Edinburgh. It departed Malta IAP at 0029lt (on 18th). 

Thursday, October 16, 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-TEQ - Airbus A340-642 (c/n. 0416), registered to Voltrex Ltd. (ex G-VOGE)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 16-Oct-2014)

BAIC signs a multi-year contract for the purchase of 50 AgustaWestland helicopters

AgustaWestland announced that Beijing Automotive Industrial Corporation (BAIC) of China has signed a multi-year contract for the purchase of 50 AgustaWestland helicopters of various models, including AW-139, AW-169 and AW-189. Deliveries are scheduled to start in mid-2015 and continue through to 2019. The contract, that includes training, spare parts and technical support is valued around €400 million, excluding customer selected options and mission equipment. (Source: AgustaWestland, 15-Oct-2014)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

IndiGo signs MoU for 250 A320neo Family aircraft

India's largest domestic airline by market share, IndiGo and its co-founders, R. Gangwal and R. Bhatia, Group Managing Director of InterGlobe, have signed a memorandum of understaning (MoU) for 250 firm A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement will become Airbus' single largest order by number of aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 15-Oct-2014)

Indian AF Su-30 crashes in Kolawadi village near Theur in Pune district

An Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi 30-MKI (SB050) crashed at 1741 hours, on a farm hardly 200m from a human settlement in Kolawadi village near Theur in Pune district on Tuesday evening. No casualties were reported and the two IAF pilots on the plane, who were on a training sortie, ejected to safety. Source:, 15-Oct-2014)

Gulfstream secures two major orders for new G500 business jet

Gulfstream has announced two major orders for its new G500 clean-sheet business jet, which was unveiled today at the airframer's Savannah, Georgia headquarters. 

Middle East VIP operator Qatar Executive was present at the launch, where it signed a memorandum of understanding for up to 20 Gulfstream types. The deal includes firm orders and options for the large-cabin, high-speed G500 and flagship G650ER, which is scheduled to enter service later this year.

US fractional ownership company Flexjet will take delivery of the first G500 as part of an order for up to 50 Gulfstream types, including the G450 and G650. (Source:, 14-Oct-2014)

Gulfstream unveils two new business jets

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today introduced an all-new family of business jets: the Gulfstream G500 and G600. The two new aircraft optimize speed, wide-cabin comfort and efficiency to offer customers best-in-class performance with advanced safety features. 

Gulfstream announced the clean-sheet aircraft before a crowd of approximately 3,000 people. During the event, the first G500 taxied up under its own power, and General Dynamics chairman and CEO P. Novakovic revealed a nearly 21m mockup of the G600.

The G500 can fly 5,000 nautical miles at Mach 0.85 or 3,800-nm at Mach 0.90. The G600 is capable of traveling 6,200-nm at Mach 0.85 or 4,800-nm at Mach 0.90. The maximum operating speed for both aircraft is Mach 0.925, the same speed as Gulfstream’s G650 and G650ER. (Source: Gulfstream Aerospace, 14-Oct-2014)

Algerian AF Su-24 crashes near Hassi Bahbah in the Djelfa region

An Algerian Air Force Su-24 crashed Monday in the south of the country during a training exercise, killing the two soldiers on board, the defence ministry said. The Sukhoi went down near Hassi Bahbah in the Djelfa region, 270-km south of Algiers. An investigation has been opened to determine the cause of the accident. (Source:, 14-Oct-2014)

Garuda Indonesia orders 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8s

Boeing and Garuda Indonesia announced an order for 50 737 MAX 8s, valued at US$4.9 billion at current list prices. The flag carrier of Indonesia will purchase 46 737 MAX 8s and will convert existing orders for four Next-Generation 737-800s to 737 MAX 8s. The order was previously accounted for on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries Web site, attributed to an unidentified customer. (Source: Boeing, 12-Oct-2014) 

Monday, October 13, 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: none

  • 9H-ELP - Cessna 172S (c/n. 172S-8742), registered to Yacht & Jet Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 13-Oct-2014)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

USN commissions the Navy's newest amphibious assault, the USS America

USS America (LHA 6), the Navy's newest and most technologically advanced amphibious assault ship, was commissioned during a formal ceremony at Pier 30/32 during San Francisco Fleet Week, Oct. 11th. More than 8,000 friends, family members and invited guests gathered in front of the ship to witness its introduction to the fleet. In a time-honored Navy tradition, Mrs. L. Pace, ship sponsor and wife of retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. P. Pace, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave the order, "Man our ship and bring her to life!" (Source: U.S. Navy, 12-Oct-2014)

CAS opts for 70 A320 Family aircraft

China Aviation Supplies Holding Company (CAS) and Airbus have signed a General Terms Agreement (GTA) for the purchase of a total of 70 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, reflecting the strong demand from Chinese carriers for the leading Airbus single-aisle Family for domestic, low cost, regional and international operations. (Source: Airbus, 10-Oct-2014)

Virgin Atlantic Airways takes delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing and Virgin Atlantic Airways are celebrating the delivery of the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner (G-VNEW). The airline is the first European airline to take delivery of the 787-9. Virgin Atlantic's first 787-9 touched down at London's Gatwick Airport today following a more than 7,400-km nonstop flight from Paine Field in Everett, Wash. The airplane, named 'Birthday Girl' in reference to the U.K. carrier's 30th anniversary, is the first of 16 787-9s Virgin Atlantic has ordered from Boeing. (Source: Boeing, 10-Oct-2014)

Embraer delivers first Legacy 500 Executive Jet

Embraer delivered today the first Legacy 500, its new midsize executive jet. The launch customer, a Brazilian company, received the aircraft during a ceremony at Embraer headquarters, in Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil. (Source: Embraer, 10-Oct-2014)