Saturday, March 28, 2015

ANA finalizes order for three 787-10 Dreamliners

Boeing and All Nippon Airways (ANA) today finalized an order for three 787-10 Dreamliners, valued at approximately US$900 million at list prices. With this order, originally announced as a commitment in January 2015, ANA becomes Boeing's newest 787-10 customer and first airline in Asia to operate the entire family of 787 Dreamliners. (Source: Boeing, 27-Mar-2015)

Denmark's Es-air to cease operations after just 4 weeks

ES-air has announced it will cease operations from Mar. 29th onwards citing weak demand. The last flight to be operated will be JTG8 from Esbjerg to Copenhagen-Kastrup that evening. The company says it will fully refund all outstanding bookings. The virtual carrier, which started operations on Mar. 2nd with an ATR 72-500 chartered from Jet Time, aimed to revive flights between the small city of Esbjerg, in Western Denmark, and the capital Copenhagen. (Source:, 27-Mar-2015)

Air Malta update cockpit policy

The devastating airline incident this week has sparked a discussion around the world about how crew policies can be improved to enhance passenger safety. Our thoughts are with the family members of these passengers as well as our colleagues around the world. Air Malta is committed to continually improving its safety policies and maintaining its impeccable safety record. In light of this, we have decided with immediate effect to make it compulsory to have two crew members in the cockpit at all times. This measure complements our other security procedures already in place. (Source: Air Malta, 27-Mar-2015)

Friday, March 27, 2015

The Netherlands sign deal to buy eight Joint Strike Fighter jets

The Netherlands has confirmed its decision to purchase eight F-35 Joint Strike Fighters that will arrive in the country in 2019, the Ministry of Defense announced today. The deal was signed in Washington DC last night. (Source:, 26-Mar-2015)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Beechcraft receives order for one UC-12W for U.S. Navy

Beechcraft Corp., is being awarded a US$11,703,143 firm-fixed-price contract for the procurement of one UC-12W aircraft for the Navy, including engineering technical services. Work is expected to be completed in July 2016. This contract was not competitively procured pursuant to ten U.S.C. 2304(c)(1). U.S. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 25-Mar-2015).

Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force takes delivery of helicopter carrier Izumo

Japan's Maritime Self Defense Force on Wednesday took delivery of the biggest Japanese warship since World War Two, the 248 long helicopter carrier Izumo. The Izumo with a crew of 470 sailors is a highly visible example of how Japan is expanding the capability of its military to operate overseas and enters service as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe seeks lawmaker approval to loosen the restraints of Japan's pacifist post-war constitution. 

"The vessel can serve in a wide range of roles including peace keeping operations, international disaster relief and aid," Gen Nakatani, Japan's Minister of Defense said standing beside the vessel after a handover ceremony at the Japan United Marine shipyard in Yokohama. "It also helps improve our ability to combat submarines.” (Source: Reuters, 25-Mar-2015)

Indian Navy D228 crashes in the Indian Ocean

A Dornier 228 surveillance aircraft operated by the Indian Naval Air Arm crashed into the Indian Ocean, 46-km off the coast of Goa, India. There were three crew members on board. One was rescued, two others are missing. The aircraft, attached to the 310 Naval Air Squadron, took off from INS Hansa at 1830lt on a training mission. Contact was lost at 2208lt. (Source:, 24-Mar-2015)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Beechcraft received FMS order for one King Air for Iraq

Beechcraft Defense Co., has been awarded a US$27 million firm-fixed-price contract for purchase of one King Air 350 extended range aircraft modified with intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capability; one Scorpion ground station and one complete spare Scorpion ground station. Work is expected to be complete by Mar. 23rd, 2017. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. This contract is 100% foreign military sales (FMS) to Iraq. USAF Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 24-Mar-2015)

Ukrainian Mi-24 crashes in Vasylkiv district of Kyiv region

An Ukranian military Mi-24 helicopter has crashed at about 1400lt in Vasylkiv district of Kyiv region on Tuesday. One person was killed and several more were injured, the press service of the Interior Ministry of Ukraine told Interfax-Ukraine. The press service of the Prosecutor's Office of Kyiv region told Interfax-Ukraine the helicopter belonged to a military unit based in Lviv region. (Source: Interfax-Ukraine, 24-Mar-2015)

Germanwings A320 crashes in the French Alps near Barcelonnette

A Germanwings Airbus A320-200 (D-AIPX), performing flight 4U-9525 from Barcelona (Spain) to Duesseldorf (Germany) with 144 passengers and six crew, was enroute at FL380 about 30-nm southeast of Marseille (France) when the aircraft initiated a rapid descent. Radar contact with the aircraft was lost at about 6800 feet at approx. 1045lt (0945z) about 12-nm southwest of Barcelonnette (France), 75-nm northwest of Marseille. The aircraft was found at approximate position N44.2979 E6.4670, all on board perished. (Source:, 24-Mar-2015)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Air Malta A320 returns to Malta in precautionary measure

Air Malta’s KM-394 flight to Amsterdam and Brussels this afternoon returned to base shortly after take-off as a precautionary measure. A spokesman for the airline said the flight returned to Malta after about 30-mins following a fuel system caution indication on one engine. Once back on ground, system checks were carried out by Air Malta engineers on the engine. The aircraft is now back in service. The spokesman said the airline apologised to its customers for this delay but it gave utmost attention to safety of its passengers and crew. (Source:, 24-Mar-2015)

Mobile-stairs vehicle hits wing-tip of Turkish Airlines A321 at Malta IAP

An Air Malta mobile-stairs vehicle hit the wing tip of a Turkish Airlines aircraft (Airbus A321-200 'TC-JRR') at Malta International Airport this afternoon, just as the aircraft was about to depart for Istanbul. The flight, which had been scheduled to leave at 1500lt, was delayed for several hours until a replacement aircraft arrived. An Air Malta spokesman said the airline and the airport authorities were investigating the matter. (Source:, 24-Mar-2015)

RwandAir signs MoU for two A330s

RwandAir, the national flag carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, has signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) for two A330s. The agreement makes RwandAir a new Airbus customer and the first airline in East Africa to order the A330. RwandAir’s A330s will be delivered in the second half of 2016 and will be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 772B engines. (Source: Airbus, 24-Mar-2015)

Italian Coast Guard Luigi Dattilo calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Coast Guard Luigi Dattilo-class multi-purpose offshore-patrol vessel Luigi Dattilo (CP 940) has sailed into Valletta Port this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Italian OPV is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay, and she's expected to sail from Malta at any time as operational requirements arise. (24-Mar-2015)

Lockheed Martin receives order for one additional HC-130J for USAF

Lockheed Martin Corp. has been awarded a US$72.7 million modification (P00394) to previous awarded contract FA8625-11-C-6597 for fiscal year2013 congressional add aircraft procurement. Contractor will provide one HC-130J production aircraft under the basic contract. Work is expected to be complete by Mar. 31st, 2017. U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 23-Mar-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-RBA - Hawker Beechcraft Corp B200GT (c/n. BY-3) registered to G.B. Beteiligungs-GmbH, Austria (ex N15LE)
  • 9H-IMW - Embraer 135BJ Legacy 600 (c/n. 145-01029) registered to Avcon Jet Malta Ltd., re-registered 'AP-SSH'
(Source: Transport Malta, 18-Mar-2015)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Russian Navy RFS Lena calls at Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project 577 (Uda-class) replenishment tanker RFS Lena has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this early evening on a courtesy visit.

The Russian tanker is currently berthing alongside at Pinto wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Wednesday, Mar. 25th. (23-Mar-2015)

Airbus celebrates delivery of its 9,000th aircraft

Airbus has celebrated the delivery of its 9000th aircraft at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany on Friday, Mar. 20th. The aircraft is the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir and will join the carrier's all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network. 

"The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line," said J. Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers. "The range of aircraft we offer today is unrivalled, meeting every airline requirement from 100 to over 500 seats with maximum efficiency, uncompromised comfort and broad customer appeal." (Source: Airbus, 23-Mar-2015)

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Italian Coast Guard Ubaldo Diciotti in Valletta Port

The Italian Coast Guard Luigi Dattilo-class multi-purpose offshore-patrol vessel Ubaldo Diciotti (CP 941) has sailed into Valletta Port yesterday late evening on a courtesy visit. 

The Italian OPV is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay, and she's expected to sail from Malta tomorrow Sunday, March 22nd. (21-Mar-2015)

Friday, March 20, 2015

Malta's Alieurope to ply charter market with B737s

Alieurope is a Maltese start-up looking to offer its two B737-400s to the Italian and European charter markets in general. The operator recently signed an agreement with Sicilian tour operator, Virtus Viaggi e Turismo, to provide flights from key Italian airports such as Palermo, Parma, and Milan Orio al Serio to Split, Samos, Cyprus, Mytilene, Malta and to European capitals. (Source:, 19-Mar-2015)           

Amaszonas CRJ2 veers off the runway after rejected take-off at Tarija

An Amaszonas Linea Aerea Canadair CRJ-200 (CP-2742), performing flight Z8-461 on Mar. 18th from Tarija to Santa Cruz (Bolivia), accelerated for take-off from Tarija's RWY 13 at about 1730lt (2130z) when the crew found the nose wheel steering not working and rejected take-off. The aircraft veered right off the runway during roll out and came to a stop with all gear on soft ground. There were no injuries, the aircraft sustained minor if any damage. (Source:, 19-Mar-2015)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Air Madagascar signs for three AT76s and leases two more from Elix Aviation Capital

ATR and Air Madagascar announced the signing of a contract for the purchase of three ATR 72-600s for a total of approximately US$77 million. The first aircraft will be delivered as from 2017. At the same time, the airline has recently signed an agreement with the Irish leasing company Elix Aviation Capital to add two new ATR 72-600s, the first having been delivered today and the second being delivered next month. (Source: ATR, 19-Mar-2015)

Weststar sign order for three AgustaWestland helos

AgustaWestland and Weststar General Aviation are pleased to announce that a contract for three helicopters, one AW-119Kx, one GrandNew and one AW-169, was signed today at the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition 2015 by V. Alaimo, Managing Director of AgustaWestland Malaysia Sdn Bhd, and Y. Bhg. Tan Sri Syed Azman Syed Ibrahim, Weststar Group’s Managing Director. (Source: AgustaWestland, 18-Mar-2015)

Aerial Power Lines signs order for up to eight H135s, plus two H175s' options

Airbus Helicopters today signed a contract with Aerial Power Lines Sdn Bhd (APL) for the purchase of two H135 rotorcraft to be utilized on emergency medical service duties, and placed options for six more. In addition, this operator placed options for two H175s to support the company’s business needs, whose operations also include power line monitoring and utility work. (Source: Airbus Helicopters, 18-Mar-2015)

Philippines AF takes delivery of its first C-295s

The Philippines Air Force has taken delivery of the first of three Airbus C-295 medium transport aircraft ordered from Airbus Defence and Space. The aircraft was formally handed over in Seville, Spain where the final assembly line is located and is now being ferried to the Philippines. In Philippines Air Force service the C-295 will play a key role in the modernization of the force´s transport fleet and will undertake a wide variety of military and humanitarian missions. (Source: Airbus Defence & Space, 18-Mar-2015)