Thursday, April 23, 2015

Air Malta A319 aborts landing at Vienna IAP to avoid plane on the runway

An Air Malta Airbus A319-100 aborted landing at Vienna IAP and climbed steeply to avoid another aircraft on the runway earlier today. The flight, KM-514, was on final approach when the incident happened. Passengers reported that they could see another aircraft on the runway. The pilot told them they had been ordered to abandon the landing. The plane landed safely 10-mins later. Air Malta confirmed the incident, saying it was not uncommon in busy airports and adding that passengers were never in any danger. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 23-Apr-2015)

easyJet takes delivery of its 250th Airbus aircraft

easyJet and Airbus have celebrated their successful partnership at a ceremony in Hamburg to mark the delivery the airline’s 250th Airbus A320 family aircraft. C. McCall, easyJet CEO, JP Ebanga, CFM International President and CEO, D. Evrard, Airbus EVP and Head of Programmes, and C. Buckley, Airbus EVP Europe, Africa and Asia-Pacific were present at the event. To celebrate the 250th delivery, easyJet unveiled its newest A320 with a unique livery featuring 250 miniature aircraft. As with other recent deliveries to easyJet, the A320 is equipped with the latest technology and fuel-saving Sharklets. (Source: Airbus, 22-Apr-2015)

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Poland selects H225M for tri-service helicopter deal

Poland has selected the Airbus Helicopters H225M Caracal for its tri-service rotorcraft acquisition, but has trimmed the overall requirement from 70 down to 50 units. Warsaw says the 11t-class helicopter will now perform "verification checks" in late May and June to ensure its suitability for the intended missions.

Airbus Helicopters, which will locally assemble the rotorcraft, edged out offers from PZL Swidnik – which proposed the AgustaWestland AW149 – and Sikorsky and its local subsidiary PZL Mielec, which offered the S-70i Black Hawk and S-70B Seahawk. These "did not meet the formal requirements” of the tender, says the nation's defence ministry. Subject to successful trials and offset agreements, deliveries of the new helicopters are due to begin from 2017, says the ministry. (Source: flightglobal.com, 21-Apr-2015)

MDL launches lead ship of a new class of stealth destroyers for the Indian Navy

Visakhapatnam, the lead ship of the Indian Navy’s new class of stealth destroyers (Project-15B), was launched an Apr 20th, and is due to be commissioned in 2018. It will be followed by at least three sister ships. The ship was launched from Slip Way No. 2 in MDL, Mumbai. The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral RK Dhowan, was the Chief Guest for the occasion. In keeping with the nautical traditions, the ship was launched by Smt Minu Dhowan, wife of The Chief of the Naval Staff. After an invocation to the Gods was recited, she broke a coconut on ship’s bow, named the ship and wished the ship and "crew to be", good luck. (Source: India Ministry of Defence, 20-Apr-2015)

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

UTAir AT72 veers off the runway on landing at Ulyanovsk

A UTAir Express Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration VQ-BLF performing flight UT-171 from Moscow-Vnukovo to Ulyanovsk (Russia) with 51 passengers and 4 crew, landed in Ulyanovsk at 1259lt (0959z) but veered off the runway. There were no injuries, the aircraft received minor if any damage.

Volga's Investigative Department of Transport reported the aircraft went off the runway while landing in Ulyanovsk in unfavourable weather conditions including heavy rain and snow. There were no injuries and no damage to ground equipment and aircraft. (Source: avherald.com, 20-Apr-2015)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Royal Moroccan Navy Tarik Ben Ziyad in Valletta Port

The Royal Moroccan Navy Sigma-class corvette Tarik Ben Ziyad (613) has sailed into Valletta Port this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Moroccan corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Thursday, April 23rd (20-Apr-2015)

Italian Coast Guard Bruno Gregoretti in Valletta Port

Italian Coast Guard supply vessels Bruno Gregoretti (CP 920) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning with the corpses of 24 migrants who perished in one of the biggest ever tragedies in the Mediterranean Sea. The corpses will be taken to Mater Dei Hospital morgue for autopsies and later burial. Magisterial inquiries will be held in Italy and Malta. The Italian Coast Guard vessel berthed at Boiler Wharf, Senglea, where Maltese and Italian officials were waiting. CP 920 is also carrying 28 survivors, all men, who will be taken to Italy.

Gian Luigi Bove, captain of the Gregoretti said it was believed that the migrants' boat capsized at about 7pm on Saturday. The Gregoretti arrived at about 2am on Sunday. Other vessels arrived earlier. There was no sign of the migrants' boat. He said that whenever his crew went on such missions they always hoped to find everyone alive. In this case they directly rescued two people and then found a number of bodies. The other survivors were then transferred from a merchant ship. The survivors, all sub-saharan men, appeared relieved to be rescued, but grief was all over their face, he said. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 20-Apr-2015)

Saturday, April 18, 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 morning on a courtesy visit. This is OPV Tyr's sixth visit in the Grand Harbour this year. 

The Icelandic OPV is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Tuesday, April 21st (18-Apr-2015)


Friday, April 17, 2015

Italian Navy exercises option for the construction of two more FREMM frigates

Orizzonte Sistemi Navali was notified by OCCAR (the Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation) of the option exercise for the construction of the ninth and tenth FREMM vessel, completing the supply of ten vessels to the Italian Navy. The value of the order for Orizzonte Sistemi Navali amounts to EUR 764 million.

These units too, to be delivered after 2020, will feature a high degree of flexibility as the previous ones, and will be able to operate in all tactical situations. 144m long with a beam of 19.7m, the ships will have a displacement at full load of approximately 6,700 tonnes and will have a maximum speed of over 27 knots, providing accommodation for a crew of 200. (Source: Finmeccanica, 16-Apr-2015)

Two Vietnamese AF Su-22 collide in mid-air

Vietnam launched a search mission on Thursday for two fighter pilots who ejected over the South China Sea during a training exercise involving two Russian-built fighter jets, a provincial official said. The pilots were flying separately in two Sukhoi Su-22 jets but lost contact off the coast of south-central Binh Thuan province around noon local time, the Defence Ministry said.

The Defence Ministry said in a statement that search teams had located four reserve fuel tanks and it was trying to determine what happened. It did not say whether or not the two planes had crashed. Nguyen Hung Tan, chief administrator at the provincial committee for floods and storms prevention, said the pilots had ejected and their whereabouts were unknown. (Source: uk.reuters.com, 16-Apr-2015)

Indonesian AF F16 catches fire after it fails to take-off

Indonesian Pilot Lt. Col. Firman Dwi Cahyono has ejected safely from his F-16 aircraft after it failed to take-off from Halim Perdana Kusuma Air Force Base, eastern Jakarta, Thursday. The F-16 failed to take off due to an engine failure. The aircraft caught fire. (Source: antaranews.com, 16-Apr-2015)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

USN takes delivery of JHSV USNS Trenton

Austal Limited delivered Joint High Speed Vessel 5 (JHSV 5), USNS Trenton, to the U.S. Navy. USNS Trenton is the fifth JHSV built by Austal at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama, under a 10 ship, US$1.6 billion contract. (Source: Austal, 15-Apr-2015)

Asiana A320 at Hiroshima on Apr 14th 2015, touched down short of runway

An Asiana Airlines Airbus A320-200 (HL7762),  performing flight OZ-162 from Seoul (South Korea) to Hiroshima (Japan) with 74 passengers and eight crew, was on approach to Hiroshima's RWY 28 at about 2005lt (1105z) but touched down about 330m short of the runway threshold, the tail struck the ground, the aircraft broke through the localizer antenna, skidded down to the right of the runway turning 180 degrees around in the process and came to a stop about 1500m past the runway threshold and about 145m to the right of the runway centre line on soft ground, the aircraft nose pointed towards the runway threshold (180 degrees turned around), just in front of the airport's main apron. The aircraft was evacuated. One occupant received serious injuries, 22 occupants received minor injuries, the aircraft sustained substantial damage including all gear collapsed, the left main wing fractured, the left engine severly damaged. (Source: avherald.com, 14-Apr-2015; Photos by AFP/Makoto Kondo/Yomiuri/The Yomiuri Shimbun)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Jet Airways B738 left main-gear collapses after landing at Khajuraho

A Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 (VT-JGA),  performing flight 9W-2423 from Varanasi to Khajuraho (India) with 59 passengers and eight crew, landed on Khajuraho's RWY 19 at 1316lt (0746z). During the roll out the left main gear collapsed, the aircraft came to a stop on the runway about 1200m down the runway resting on right main gear, left engine and nose gear. The passengers were evacuated via slides. There are no injuries being reported, the aircraft received substantial damage. (Source: avherald.com, 13-Apr-2015)

Air Cote d’Ivoire orders two more Q400 NextGens

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Air Cote d'Ivoire, the national airline of the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire has converted options on two Q400 NextGen airliners to a firm order. Air Cote d'Ivoire’s two options were acquired under a contract announced on Dec. 18th, 2013 that also included a firm order for two Q400 NextGen aircraft. Air Cote d'Ivoire took delivery of its first two aircraft in 2014, in a dual-class configuration. Based on the list price for the Q400 NextGen turboprop, the firm order is valued at approximately US$69 million. (Source: Bombardier, 13-Apr-2015)

UTAir Express AT72 veers off the runway on landing at Nizhny Novgorod

A UTAir Express ATR-72-212A (VQ-BMB), performing flight UT-271 (on Apr. 11th) from Samara to Nizhny Novgorod (Russia) with eight passengers and two crew, veered off the runway while landing in Nizhny Novgorod at about 1625lt (1325z). Volga's Investigation Department of Transport reported that the aircraft received damage to the left propeller when the aircraft skidded off the runway while arriving from Samara. An investigation has been opened. (Source: avherald.com, 13-Apr-2015)

Canada orders seven Bell 412EPIs for its Coast Guard

Bell Helicopter company announced today a signed contract with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for the supply of seven Bell 412EPI helicopters to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). The aircraft will support the CCG’s maritime security and fisheries activities and will contribute to the safety, accessibility, sustainability and security of Canadian waters. (Source: Bell Helicopter, 10-Apr-2015)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spanish Navy SPS El Camino Espanol in Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy ro-ro transport ship SPS El Camino Espanol (A 05) has sailed into Valletta (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit.  

The Spanish transport ship is currently berthing alongside at Hamilton wharf, in the French creek, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Wednesday, April 15th. (13-Apr-2015)

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Two easyJet A319s en route to Malta IAP divert to airports in Sicily due to temporary closure of main runway

Two easyJet Airbus A319-100s en route to Malta IAP, U2-6497 from Newcastle (G-EZGF) and U2-2597 from Milan-Malpensa (G-EZIJ), had to divert to Palermo and Catania (both in Sicily) respectively this evening due to temporary closure of main runway 13/31 at Malta IAP due to debris on runway following the departure of an Aerotrans Cargo Boeing B747-400 freighter minutes earlier. (11-Apr-2015)

Copa Airlines orders 61 Boeing 737 MAXs

Panama President Juan Carlos Varela Rodriguez and U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed a historic agreement in which Copa Airlines and Boeing announced an order for 61 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 airplanes. The order, valued at US$6.6 billion at list prices, is the largest commercial transaction ever between a Panamanian and a U.S.-based company. (Source: Boeing, 10-Apr-2015)

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hellenic AF confirms its participation in the 2015 Malta International Airshow

The Hellenic Air Force has confirmed its participation in the Malta International Airshow 2015. The aircraft participating will be a pair of Mirage 2000 interceptor jets from the 114th Combat Wing at Tanagra Air Base. Visitors will be able to get a close look at the Mirage 2000 aircraft as they will be on static display in the showground. Greece is another nation added to this year’s growing list of participating countries and the team on this year’s Malta Int’l Airshow warmly welcomes the return of the Hellenic Air Force to our airshow after its debut in 2005. (Source: maltairshow.com, 10-Apr-2015)

Thursday, April 9, 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-VCC - Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 350 (c/n. 20535), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VCD - Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 350 (c/n. 20538), registerd to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VCG - Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 350 (c/n. 20545), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VCH - Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 350 (c/n. 20546), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VCI - Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 350 (c/n. 20550), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VFI - Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 (c/n. 5984), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VJK - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 (c/n. 9619), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-VJL - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 (c/n. 9626), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
  • 9H-ZMB - Gulfstream G650 (c/n. 6116), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd.
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-AFF - Partenavia Vulcanair P68 Oberver 2 (c/n. 397), registered to Sunfly S.L., Spain
  • 9H-CFA - Tecnam P2002-JF (c/n. 224), registered to Hub'Air sprl, Belgium
  • 9H-CFCTecnam P2002-JF (c/n. 211), registered to Hub'Air sprl, Belgium
  • 9H-CFDTecnam P2002-JF (c/n. 212), registered to Hub'Air sprl, Belgium
(Source: Transport Malta, 7-Apr-2015)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Dynamic Aviation receives order for six DHC 8-315 for U.S. Army

Dynamic Aviation Group was awarded a US$39.2 million firm-fixed-price contract to purchase of six DHC 8-315 aircraft from de Havilland Canada in the Saturn Arch and Desert Owl configuration. Work will be performed in Bridgewater, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of July 17, 2015. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 7-Apr-2015)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

CIT orders five additional A321ceo aircraft

CIT Group Inc. placed a firm order with Airbus for five more A321ceo aircraft, in effect doubling its most recent commitment for five A321ceo's signed at the 2014 Farnborough International Airshow and firmed up in November 2014. This latest agreement brings CIT’s total order for the A320 Family to 205 aircraft, comprising 155 CEO and 50 NEO aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 2-Apr-2015)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for first quarter and March 2015

In the first quarter this year, passenger movements registered an increase of 5.6%, while aircraft movements grew by 1.4%. 

Passenger traffic in March grew by 4.5%, reaching a record of 275,334 passenger movements. This was brought about by a 1.6% increase in aircraft movements which translated into an increase of 2.2% seat capacity. The average seat load factor, which measures the percentage of filled seats on each flight reached 79.9%.

The U.K. and Italian markets grew again last month by 9.6% and 9.8%, respectively. The German market shrunk by 7.4%, due to reduced capacity on the Frankfurt route, and the French market grew by 2.7%. Traffic from Turkey also rose significantly with a 74.4% increase over 2014.

The maximum take-off weight and cargo and mail decreased by 0.4% and 5.2% respectively. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 2-Apr-2015)