Friday, June 26, 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: 
  • 9H-SEP - Tecnam P2002-JF (c/n. 161), registered to Falcom Ltd. (ex HA-TEA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-AFV - Cessna 152 II (c/n. 152-82328), registered to Malta School of Flying Co. Ltd. (rrg G-HUXY)
(Source: Transport Malta, 25-Jun-2015)

USAF confirms participation at 2015 Malta International Airshow

After an absence of 3 years the United States Air Forces (USAF) in Europe plans to participate with a C-130J Super Hercules from the 86th Airlift Wing based in Ramstein, Germany. This year marks the 60th year the C-130 is in production and it is the oldest continuously produced family of military planes in history.  

The Malta Aviation Society is grateful for the USAFE participation in this year's edition of the Malta International Airshow and the assistance provided by the Defense Attache Office at the Embassy of the United States of America in Malta. (Source: maltairshow.com, 26-Jun-2015)

USN takes delivery of submarine PCU John Warner

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division delivered the submarine John Warner (SSN 785) to the U.S. Navy today. The Virginia-class submarine, the first to be named for a person, was delivered two and a half months ahead of schedule. John Warner is the 12th Virginia-class submarine and the sixth to be delivered by Newport News. Commissioning is scheduled on Aug. 1st. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 25-Jun-2015)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Belgian Naval Component BNS Godetia calls at Valletta Port

The Belgian Naval Component command and logistic support vessel BNS Godetia (A 960) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

BNS Godetia is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton run by Frontex.

The Belgian auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (25-Jun-2015)

RTAF F-16 skids off taxiway and ends in a ditch

A Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) F-16 fighter jet skidded off a taxiway and crashed into a drainage ditch in Nakhon Ratchasima today afternoon, damaging the aircraft but leaving the pilot only slightly hurt. The incident took place around 1300lt at the 1st Wing in Muang district when the F-16 suddenly lurched forward almost 100m. The plane slid into the ditch and the pilot could successfully ejected from the plane. Authorities are investigating. (Source: bangkokpost.com, 24-Jun-2015)

General Atomics receives contract for 19 Gray Eagle UAVs for U.S. Army

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems was awarded a US$121.4 million modification (P00028) to contract W58RGZ-13-C-0109 for 19 Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles and 19 satellite communications air data terminals. Work will be performed in Poway, Calif, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 30, 2018. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 23-Jun-2015)

DCNS transfers the FREMM Tahya Misr to the Egyptian Navy

On Tuesday, 23 June a ceremony took place to transfer the FREMM Tahya Misr to the Egyptian flag, a major step for the continuation of the training of the crew and seal trials. The ceremony took place in presence of General Sedki Sobhy, the Ministry of Defense of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Jean-Yves Le Drian, the French Ministry of Defense, Admiral Osama Rabie, Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Navy, Admiral Bernard Rogel, the French Chief of Navy and Hervé Guillou, Chairman & CEO of DCNS. (Source: DCNS, 23-Jun-2015)

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector calls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this month.

HMC Protector is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton run by Frontex.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Gun wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after a short stay. (24-Jun-2015)

Middle East Airlines A332 diverts to Malta IAP due to medical emergency

An Middle East Airlines Airbus A330-200 (OD-MEB), performing flight ME-572 from Lagos (Nigeria) to Beirut (Lebanon), had to divert to Malta International Airport this evening (around 2020lt) due to a medical emergency on board. The A332 continued with its flight to Beirut after 2.5 hours technical stop. (23-Jun-2015)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Atlantic Airways signs a contract for two AW-139s

Fimeccanica-AgustaWestland announced today that Atlantic Airways has signed a contract for two AW-139 intermediate twin helicopters. The aircraft will be used to perform SAR (Search and Rescue) missions and scheduled passenger transportation within the Faroe Islands. The helicopters are expected to be delivered late 2015 and in spring 2016 respectively, and will replace two B412s. (Source: AgustaWestland, 22-Jun-2015)  

Monday, June 22, 2015

Swedish Coast Guard Poseidon calls at Valletta Port

The Swedish Coast Guard Poseidon-class multi-purpose vessel Poseidon (KBV 001) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this month.

KBV 001 is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton run by Frontex.

The Swedish Coast Guard is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta after a short stay (22-Jun-2015)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Indian Navy INS Tarangini calls at Valletta Port

The Indian Navy sail training ship INS Tarangini (A 75) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Indian tall-ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, June 22nd. (20-Jun-2015)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Egytian AF confirms participation at 2015 Malta International Airshow

After the very successful visit last year for the first time ever, Egypt will be again participating with a K-8E light attack aircraft in the static display. The debut of the Egyptian contingent last year during our airshow to display the K-8E 'Karakorum' and also a C-130 Hercules was a milestone for the Malta Aviation Society.

The organising committee of the Malta International Airshow is very grateful to the Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt and the Egyptian Air Force for having chosen Malta to display the K-8E aircraft. (Source: maltairshow.com, 19-Jun-2015)

Enter Air orders four Boeing 737s

Boeing and Enter Air have announced an order for two 737 MAX 8s and two Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, worth more than US$400 million at current list prices and previously attributed to an unidentified customer, is the first direct order for Boeing from the Polish charter carrier. (Source: Boeing, 19-Jun-2015)

Wizz Air signs MoU for 110 A321neo aircraft

Wizz Air, the largest low cost carrier serving Eastern and Central Europe, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the biggest single order for the popular A321neo aircraft. The deal was signed at the Le Bourget International Paris Air Show. Significantly the order includes the latest A321neo Airbus Cabin Flex configuration with 239 seats in 18-in comfort standard. (Source: Airbus, 18-Jun-2015)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Synergy commits to 62 A320neo Family aircraft

Synergy Aerospace Corporation, Avianca's largest shareholder and owner of Avianca Brasil, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 62 A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement paves the way for Avianca Brasil to base its fleet renewal and network growth strategy on the A320neo Family. (Source: Airbus, 17-Jun-2015)

Undisclosed Asia-based airline signs MoU for 60 A320neo Family aircraft

An Asia-based airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 60 A320neo Family aircraft at the Paris Airshow. Airbus welcomes this latest commitment for the A320neo Family from a customer in the fast-growing Asia region. (Source: Airbus, 17-Jun-2015)

VietJetAir orders six additional A321ceo

Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir has placed a firm order with Airbus for the purchase of six additional A321s. The order was signed today at the Paris Air Show by VietJetAir President and CEO, Madam Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, and Airbus President and CEO, Fabrice Brégier. (Source: Airbus, 17-Jun-2015)

Ethiopian Airlines orders six additional 787-8 Dreamliner

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines today announced an order for six 787-8 Dreamliner at the Paris Air Show. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website. The Dreamliners complement the airline's existing 13 787s currently operating in the fleet and are part of Ethiopian's long-term strategy to increase capacity and provide greater route flexibility to and from its hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Saudi Arabia orders four C295W

The Ministry of Interior of Saudi Arabia has purchased in open competition, and after carrying out a complete evaluation, four C295W aircraft to enhance its capabilities. The C295W has been chosen based on its demonstrated excellent operational capabilities in hot and severe conditions and its proven affordable maintenance and operational costs. (Source: Airbus D&S, 16-Jun-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: 
  • 9H-VLA - Boeing B737-400 (c/n. 27003/2328), registered to Valorfly Ltd. (ex G-CIHK)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-ICS - Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 (c/n. 5857), registered to Oasis Flight Malta Ltd. (rrg N716JR)
  • 9H-ZMB - Gulfstream G650 (c/n. 6116), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. (rrg N251TD)
(Source: Transport Malta, 12-Jun-2015)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Irish Naval Service LE Eithne calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Coast patrol vessel LE Eithne (P 31) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

LE Eithne is currently deployed in the Mediterranean Sea as part of European Union's Joint-Operation Triton run by Frontex.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days after short stay (17-Jun-2015)

Korean Air to order up to 50 A321neo

Korean Air has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus to acquire up to 50 A321neo aircraft, becoming a new customer for the best-selling single aisle A320 Family. The agreement, covering 30 aircraft plus 20 options, was announced today at the Paris Air Show. 

Korean Air will operate the A321neo with a two class full service layout on regional services, including on longer sectors to selected destinations in South East Asia. The aircraft will be fitted with premium amenities, including wider seats in both classes and the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems. (Source: Airbus, 16-Jun-2015)

EVA Air intends to order four additional A330s

EVA Air of Taiwan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for the purchase of four additional A330-300s. As with its existing A330 fleet, the new aircraft will be powered by CF6-80 engines by General Electric. (Source: Airbus, 16-Jun-2015)

Peach Aviation orders three A320s

Peach Aviation, Japan’s low cost carrier, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for the purchase of three A320s. A signing ceremony was held today at the Paris Air Show. This is Peach’s first direct order from Airbus. Peach Aviation currently operates 14 leased A320s, with three more to be delivered on lease. Peach Aviation’s A320 seats 180 passengers in a single-class layout and will be powered by CFM International engines. (Source: Airbus, 16-Jun-2015)