Friday, November 21, 2014

Malta IAP hits four million passengers milestone in record time

Malta International Airport today welcomed its four millionth passenger this year, achieving this milestone in record time: more than a month earlier than last year. The figure means that the airport saw an average of more than 12,000 passengers every day, enough to fill up Wembley Stadium each week. 

The airport’s results are even more impressive when compared to other European airports in its category. For the period ending September, European airports reported a growth of 6.4% while the Malta International Airport registered an increase of 7.2%. These accomplishments were mainly driven by the additional seat capacity together with an improvement in average seat load factor to reach an overall 79.6%. (Source:, 21-Nov-2014)

France announces order for 12 A330 MRTTs

Airbus Defence and Space has been selected by the French Ministry of Defence to supply 12 A330 MRTT new generation air-to-air refuelling aircraft for the French Air Force. The first delivery is foreseen for 2018, followed by the second in 2019, and then at a rate of one or two per year. 

The contract agreed between the French procurement agency (la Direction Générale de l’Armement) and Airbus Defence and Space is now ready for the official award. The contract covers the development and qualification of the specific French configuration as well as the associated support and training systems, such as spares, ground support equipment, training devices and five years of in-service support from first delivery. (Source: Airbus Defence and Space, 20-Nov-2014)

Delta orders 50 Airbus widebody aircraft

Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order for 50 new Airbus widebody aircraft, 25 A350-900 and 25 A330-900neo aircraft. Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines will power the Airbus A330neo aircraft and Trent XWB engines will power Airbus A350 XWB aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 20-Nov-2014)

Two US Naval supply ships collide in the Gulf of Aden

Two U.S. Naval supply ships collided in the Gulf of Aden Nov. 20th at 0526(GMT) with no injuries to crew members. USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) and USNS Walter S. Diehl (T-AO 193) collided as they were beginning an underway replenishment operation. Initial reports indicate only minor damage to both ships. The ships are operating under their own power and are continuing their assigned missions. The U.S. Navy will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the collision.. (Source: U.S. Navy, 20-Nov-2014)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Royal Navy HMS Northumberland in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Duke-class frigate HMS Northumberland (F 238) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has on board a Westland Lynx HMA.8SRU helicopter, serial XZ689.

The British frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, November 24th. (20-Nov-2014)

Hermes Aviation confirms Malta-Sicily-Italy flights

Maltese-based Hermes Aviation has confirmed plans to enter the Italian domestic market with effect from Dec. 15th. The return flights, operated under the Fly Hermes banner, will operate six weekly from Malta to Turin via Comiso and from Turin to Palermo. Operations are on-board the airline's only aircraft, a B734. (Source:, 19-Nov-2014)

KLM B744 returns to Amsterdam due to an engine problem

A KLM Boeing 747-400 (PH-BFD),  performing flight KL-895 from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Shanghai Pudong (China), was climbing through FL250 out of Amsterdam's RWY 24 when the crew stopped the climb reporting problems with engine #3 (inboard right hand, CF6). The aircraft dumped fuel and returned to Amsterdam for a safe landing on RWY 27 about 90-mins after departure. The aircraft taxied to the apron following an inspection by emergency services. (Source:, 19-Nov-2014)

Malaysia Airlines B772 returns Shanghai-Pudong due to an engine shut down in flight

A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 (9M-MRE), performing flight MH-387 (on Nov. 15th) from Shanghai-Pudong (China) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was climbing out of Shanghai when an engine (Trent 892) emitted three loud bangs prompting the crew to shut the engine down and return to Shanghai Pudong for a safe landing. The airline confirmed the aircraft returned to Shanghai due to some mechanical anomaly. Passengers reported there were three loud bangs. A listener on frequency reported the crew indicated an engine failure on climb out. (Source:, 18-Nov-2014)

Wednesday, November 19, 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-FAM - Embraer EMB-500 Phenom 100 (c/n. 50000100), registered to Luxwing Ltd. (ex OE-FAM).
  • 9H-TER - Airbus A340-642 (c/n. 449), registered to Voltrex Ltd. (ex G-VFOX).
Cancellation/s: none

View the complete Malta Aircraft Register

(Source: Transport Malta, 19-Nov-2014)

Tuesday, November 18, 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-IRA - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (c/n. 9319), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd. (ex OE-IRM)
  • 9H-VJI - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 (c/n. 9593), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-GWMY)
  • 9H-TEQ - Airbus A340-642 (c/n. 0416), registered to Voltrex Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 18-Nov-2014)

Royal Air Force takes delivery of its first A400M Atlas

The U.K. Royal Air Force's first of an eventual 22 Airbus A400M tactical transports has touched down at its Brize Norton air base, having been accepted from the company's Defence & Space business unit in Seville, Spain. Carrying the service registration ZM400, the RAF's lead "Atlas" arrived at its new home yesterday, without being announced by the service, Ministry of Defence or the airframer. A formal delivery event is expected to be staged at the Oxfordshire site later this month. (Source:, 18-Nov-2014)

Sikorsky Aircraft receives contract for eight MH-60Ss and 29 MH-60Rs

Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded a US$535 million modification (P00202) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 to provide funding for the Navy’s fourth program year for eight MH-60S helicopters and 29 MH-60R helicopters, and to fund associated sustaining engineering, program management, systems engineering, provisioning, technical publications, other integrated logistics support and provide advance procurement funding (termination liability) for program years four and five. Estimated completion date is Dec. 31, 2015. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 17-Nov-2014)

Sikorsky Aircraft receives contract for 41 UH-60Ms and 24 HH-60Ms

Sikorsky Aircraft was awarded a US$772 million modification (P00201) to contract W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for 41 UH-60M helicopters and 24 HH-60M helicopters and to fund associated support functions. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2015. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 17-Nov-2014)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Falcon Aviation Services converts options into firm order for the three Q400 NextGen turboprops

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services LLC (Falcon) has placed a firm order for three additional Q400 NextGen airliners. The transaction represents the conversion to firm orders of three of the five Q400 NextGen aircraft included in a Letter of Intent announced at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow. Based on list price, Falcon’s firm order for three Q400 NextGen aircraft is valued at approximately US$90.3 million. (Source: Bombardier, 10-Nov-2014)

PAS converts purchase option into firm order for a CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Petroleum Air Services (PAS) of Cairo, Egypt has signed a firm purchase agreement to acquire a CRJ-900 NextGen regional jet. The order is a conversion of a purchase option that PAS acquired in 2011 with its first firm-ordered CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft. (Source: Bombardier, 10-Nov-2014)

SMBC Aviation Capital order 80 Boeing 737 MAXs

Boeing and SMBC Aviation Capital announced an order for 80 737 MAX 8s, valued at more than $8.5 billion at list prices. This is the largest single order for 737 MAXs from a leasing company and will help SMBC Aviation Capital grow its portfolio of high-demand, fuel-efficient airplanes. (Source: Boeing, 10-Nov-2014)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

China Express Airlines revealed as customer who ordered up to 24 CRJ-900 NextGens

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that China Express Airlines, is the previously announced unidentified customer that had placed a firm order for 16 CRJ-900 NextGen regional jets and had taken options for eight additional airliners of the same type. This purchase agreement was initially announced on Jun. 30th, 2014. 

As previously announced by Bombardier, based on the list price for the CRJ-900 NextGen aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$$727 million. The value could increase to US$1.12 billion should the airliner exercise its options. (Source: Bombardier, 8-Nov-2014)

U.S. Army Idaho ANG AH-64 Apache crashes two miles south of Gowen Field

An Idaho Army National Guard helicopter crashed Thursday night during a training mission, killing the two people aboard, the military said. National Guard spokesman Col. T. Marsano confirmed the deaths of the two male pilots but did not release any details on them pending notification of relatives. The cause of the crash will be investigated by the Department of Defense, he said.

The Apache combat helicopter crashed at approximately 1900lt about two miles south of the National Guard base at Gowen Field near Boise International Airport, Marsano said. It wasn't immediately clear whether the pilots were heading to or returning from a mission, he said. Marsano said he didn't know whether any communication was heard from the helicopter prior to the crash. There was no fire, he said. (Source:, 7-Nov-2014)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Air Canada orders two additional B77Ws

Boeing and Air Canada announced an order today for two additional 777-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The order, previously listed as unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website, is valued at US$660 million at list prices. (Source: Boeing, 6-Nov-2014)

Airbus D&S receives contract for additional UH-72As

Airbus Defense and Space was awarded a US$71.3 million modification (P00857) to firm-fixed-price contract W58RGZ-06-C-0194 to acquire UH-72A Lakota helicopters with ARC 231 radios. The cumulative total for the contract, with this modification, is US$2.7 trillion. Estimated completion date is June 30, 2016. U.S. Army Contracting Command is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 6-Nov-2014)

USAF F-16 crashes in the Gulf of Mexico

A. U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter jet crashed in the Gulf of Mexico early Thursday, killing the pilot, the Air Force said. The F-16, assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group at Tyndall AFB in northwest Florida, was on a routine training mission over the Gulf when the base lost contact with the pilot at about 0915lt, the Air Force said. The jet went down about 60 miles south of Panama City, Florida, the Coast Guard said. The pilot's remains were later recovered from the Gulf, officials wrote on the base's Facebook page. (Source:, 6-Nov-2014)

Thursday, November 6, 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-JCD - Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 (c/n. 5958), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. (ex C-GXNM)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 6-Nov-2014)

CALC signs MoU for 100 A320 Family aircraft

China Aircraft Leasing Company (CALC), the leading independent aircraft operating lessor in China, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 100 A320 Family aircraft. The commitment comprises 74 A320neo, 16 A320ceo and ten A321ceo. Including this new commitmnt, CALC's total ordr tally with Airbus stands at 140 A320 Family aircraft (Sourc: Airbus, 6-Nov-2014)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Indonesia orders 11 AS-565 Panthers

The mission capabilities and cost effectiveness of Airbus Helicopters' AS-565 MBe Panther has been further validated by Indonesia's order for 11 rotorcraft to be used in naval anti-submarine warfare missions. Scheduled for deliveries within three years, the AS-565 MBe helicopters will be supplied by Airbus Helicopters to PT Dirgantara Indonesia. 

Through the strategic industrial agreement between these two partners, PT Dirgantara Indonesia will be outfitting these rotorcraft in-country with mission equipment before delivery to the Indonesian Navy. The mission equipment include the Helicopter Long-Range Active Sonar dipping sonar and torpedo launching system – providing a truly effective mission system for operations from land bases and ships. (Source: Airbus Helicopters, 5-Nov-2014)

Gabonese Navy orders two OPVs from Kership

Kership, a jointly owned company between French firms Piriou and DCNS, recently received an order for two offshore patrol vessels (OPVs) from the Gabonese Navy. One of the vessels, a modernized 54m patrol vessel of the P400 class, is expected to be delivered in mid-2015, while the other vessel, a 58m offshore patrol vessel (OPV50), should be delivered in mid-2016. The contract also includes initial crew training, supplied by DCI / NAVFCO. (Source: 4-Nov-2014)