Friday, September 19, 2014

easyJet orders 27 more A320s

easyJet has placed an order for 27 additional current engine option A320s, taking its combined total order for the type to 315 aircraft. With an all Airbus fleet, easyJet selected the A320 Family aircraft as it delivers the best operating economics and the roomiest cabin for unequalled passenger comfort in the single aisle category. (Source: Airbus, 18-Sep-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-KAZ Hawker Beechcraft Corp. Hawker 900XP (c/n. HA-0034), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd. (ex OK-KAZ)
  • 9H-VJG - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 (c/n. 9580), registered to VistaJet Ltd.. (ex C-GVRY)
  • 9H-BOF - Hawker Beechcraft Corp. Hawker 900XP (c/n. HA-0177), registered to Orion (Malta) Ltd. 

View the complete Malta Aircraft Register

(Source: Transport Malta, 18-Sep-2014)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Russian Navy RFS Kildin in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project 861M (converted Moma-class) intelligence ship RFS Kildin has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Russian intelligence ship is currently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta this Sunday, September 21st. (18-Sep-2014)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Swiss Int'l Air Lines orders up to 25 A320neos

Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has announced that SWISS, a member-airline of the Group, will expand its A320 fleet with a firm order for 15 A320neo aircraft, plus an additional ten of the type to be confirmed at a later stage. The fuel-efficient NEO-fleet will gradually renew and replace SWISS existing fleet of A320 Family aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 17-Sep-2014)

Lufthansa Group orders ten A320ceos for Eurowings

Lufthansa Group’s supervisory board has approved the purchase of ten A320ceo aircraft for its subsidiary Eurowings. The new aircraft will become the backbone of the new low cost business model announced by the Lufthansa Group in July 2014, which foresees Eurowings operations on direct connections within Europe. (Source: Airbus, 17-Sep-2014)

Avolon finalizes an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners and five 737 MAX 9s

Boeing and leasing company Avolon have finalized an order for six 787-9 Dreamliners and five additional 737 MAX 9s, valued at more than US$2.1 billion at list prices. Avolon announced a commitment to purchase the airplanes during the 2014 Farnborough Airshow in July. (Source: Boeing, 17-Sep-2014)

KLM A332 diverts to Shannon due to an engine shut down in flight

A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Airbus A330-200 (PH-AOC), performing flight KL-765 (dep Sep 16th) from Bonaire (Caribbean Netherlands) to Amsterdam (Netherlands) with 221 people on board, was en route at FL370 over the Atlantic Ocean about 800nm westsouthwest of Shannon (Ireland) when the crew needed to shut the left hand engine (CF6) down. The aircraft drifted down to FL270 using Oceanic contingency procedures and diverted to Shannon for a safe landing on RWY 06 about 150 minutes later. (Source:, 17-Sep-2014)

Republic Airways Holdings orders 50 E175s

Embraer S.A. and Republic Airways Holdings announced a contract today for the sale and purchase of 50 firm E175 jets. The value of the firm order, which will be included in Embraer’s 2014 third-quarter backlog, is estimated at US$2.1 billion, based on 2014 list prices. The aircraft will be operated for United Airlines under the United Express brand. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2015 and extend until 2017. (Source: Embraer, 17-Sep-2014)

Qatar Airways takes delivery of its first A380

At a ceremony in Hamburg hosted by Airbus, Qatar Airways welcomed a new star to its fleet – the A380 (A7-APA). In the presence of His Excellency A. Al Baker, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, and F. Bregier, Airbus President and CEO, the airline took delivery of the first of its ten A380 aircraft on order. (Source: Airbus, 17-Sep-2014)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Air Malta A320 to fly in formation flight with the Red Arrows at the 2014 Malta International Airshow

An Air Malta Airbus A320 will fly in formation with the Red Arrows aerobatics team during the Malta International Airshow on Sunday week. The airshow will be held on Saturday and Sunday Sep. 27th and 28th, and, for the first time, will feature four aerobatic display teams.

Capt Martin Ferrando, who will pilot the Air Malta A320 said detailed preparations for the flypast were made over the past week. This, he said, would be a unique and spectacular display. The Air Malta plane will join the nine jets that make up the Red Arrows some six miles out at sea and fly back in formation over the Grand Harbour and onto the runway. (Source:, 16-Sep-2014)

Boeing receives contract for seven AH-64Es for U.S. Army

Boeing was awarded a US$130 million modification (P00013) to fixed-price incentive, full rate production contract W58RGZ-12-C-0055. This is an undefinitized contract action to build seven new Apache AH-64E helicopters. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Mar. 31, 2017. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 15-Sep-2014)

USN accepts delivery of future JHSV USNS Fall River

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV), the future USNS Fall River from the Austal USA shipbuilder, Sep. 15th. The delivery marks a major milestone, the official transfer of the vessel from the shipbuilder to the Navy. USNS Fall River is the U.S. Navy's fourth JHSV. (Source: U.S. Navy, 15-Sep-2014)

USCG takes delivery of National Security Cutter Hamilton

Huntington Ingalls Industries' Ingalls Shipbuilding division delivered the National Security Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) today. The ship will be commissioned in Charleston, S.C., on Dec. 6th. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 15-Sep-2014)

Bombardier's Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 receives EASA full type certification

Bombardier announced today that the Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft have received full type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). "Since their entry-into-service last December, our Learjet 70 and Learjet 75 aircraft have received strong interest from our customers,” said E. Martel, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. "The performance and efficiency of both aircraft, combined with their completely new interior, clearly position them as leaders within the light category." EASA-registered customers will now start taking delivery of the new aircraft. (Source: Bombardier, 12-Sep-2014)

Nigeria signs contract for Mi-171Sh and Mi-35 helos

Russia and Nigeria have signed a contract for the supply of Mi-171Sh and Mi-35 helicopters, Rosoboronexport deputy general director S. Goreslavsky told reporters Friday. (Source: RIA Novosti, 12-Sep-2014)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Two USN F/A-18s embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson crash in Pacific Ocean

Two U.S. Navy F/A-18C Hornets from Carrier Air Wing 17 embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crashed at 5:40 p.m. local time, today, while operating at sea in the western Pacific Ocean. The initial report is that the two aircraft are assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 94 and Strike Fighter Squadron 113. One pilot was rapidly located and returned to Carl Vinson, and is currently receiving medical attention. Search efforts continue for the second pilot. The cause of the incident is under investigation. (Source U.S. Navy, 12-Sep-2014)

AFM confirms participation at the 2014 Malta International Airshow

Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) confirms the participation both in the static display as well as in the flying display programme, through its Air Wing. Included in the flying display repertoire shall be the Alouette III SAR helicopter. The Alouette III will be flying the Malta flag to signal the beginning of the afternoon aerial display on both days of the show and shall be on static display as well, accompanied by the Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air, a Britten Norman BN-2 Islander, a Bulldog primary training aircraft and for the first time AFM's new twin-engined helicopter, the AgustaWestland AW-139. (Source:, 12-Sep-2014)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Air Malta adding a third weekly flight to Djerba

Air Malta announced today that it will be increasing its schedule between Malta and Djerba with an additional weekly frequency every Tuesday with effect from Sep. 16th. The Maltese airline will therefore be operating three weekly flights to/from the Tunisian city every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. (Source:, 11-Sep-2014)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Finnair to offer seasonal services to Malta next year

Next summer Finnair will add seasonal flights to Malta International Airport from Finland's capital Helsinki, with timetables designed for optimal connections with Finnair's network of Asian destinations. Service to Malta begins Apr. 2nd and lasts until late October. Flights to Malta IAP will operate twice a week - Mondays and Thursdays - with A321 Sharklet aircraft. (Source:, 9-Sep-2014)

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Boeing launches 737 MAX 200 with Ryanair commitment

Boeing launched the newest member of the 737 MAX family today with a commitment from Ryanair for 100 airplanes. Ryanair  will be the first airline to operate the 737 MAX 200, a variant based on the 737 MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 seats. In addition to the commitment, valued at US$11 billion at current list prices, Ryanair has options to purchase another 100 737 MAX 200s. (Source: Boeing, 8-Sep-2014)

USN decommissions frigate USS Halyburton

Crew members, plankowners, family members and friends gathered Sep. 6th to bid farewell to USS Halyburton (FFG 40) during a decommissioning ceremony which capped more than 30 years of naval service. Among the ceremony guests were retired Cmdr. P. Halyburton, a Silver Star recipient who spent seven and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and is the nephew of the ship's namesake. (Source: U.S. Navy, 8-Sep-2014)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

USN christens submarine John Warner

Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785), the first of the Virginia-class attack submarines to be homported in Naval Station Norfolk, was christened today at Newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, Va. John Warner is the 12th Virginia-class submarine to be built. It is named after John Warner, the five-term U.S. Senator from Virginia who also served as Secretary of the Navy from 1972 to 1974. His wife Jeanne is the ship's sponsor. (Source: U.S. Navy, 6-Sep-2014)

Cessna Aricraft Co. receives FAA type certification for its Citation CJ3+

Cessna Aircraft Co. announced today it received type certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the Cessna Citation CJ3+. Certification, awarded Thursday, comes less than six months after the company introduced the new model in March. (Source: Cessna Aircraft Company, 5-Sep-2014)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for August 2014

Malta IAP hosted 8.6% more passengers in August than it did during the same month last year welcoming 551,179 passengers. 

CEO M. Klaushofer said the growth was the result of an unprecedented increase in the number of aircraft seats being taken up, resulting in a seat load factor of 86.5%. Seat capacity increased by 6.6%, while flight movements rose by 5.1%.

"August's success was due to marked growth in some of the airport's major markets, namely the U.K., France, Germany and Italy," he said. Italy saw the highest growth - an increase of 16.5% due to the new routes added for the summer. Traffic from Germany and France grew by 10.4% and 9.1% respectively, followed by the U.K which grew by 8.7%.

The maximum take-off weight increased by 7.1% and cargo mail increased by 4.6%. 

Between January and August, MIA hosted more than 2.9 million passengers resulting in an eight per cent increase over the same months last year. (Source:, 5-Sep-2014)

Friday, September 5, 2014

United Airlines takes delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner

Boeing and United Airlines are celebrating the delivery of the airline's first 787-9 Dreamliner (N38950). United will become the first airline in North America to operate both the 787-8 and 787-9 variants of the Dreamliner family when the airline launches 787-9 service later this month. (Source: Boeing, 4-Sep-2014)