Monday, February 8, 2016

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-AVE - Dassault Falcon 50EX (c/n. 295), registered to Leader Srl, Italy (ex P4-JET).
  • 9H-PAM - Boeing B737-300 (c/n. 25744/2198), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex N798SQ).
  • 9H-VCL - Bombardier Challenger 350 (c/n. 20606), registered to VistaJet Ltd.
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 5-Feb-2016)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Air Leisure signs MoU for four SSJ-100s, plus six options

Egypt's Air Leisure Airline has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Russia’s Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Co. for four Sukhoi Superjet 100s, with six options. Deliveries are preliminarily scheduled through 2016; the final date will be specified in the firm order. The airline wants to lease the aircraft, but a lessor has not yet been determined. (Source:, 4-Feb-2016)

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Affinity Flying Training Services signs contract for five Phenom 100s for UKMFTS

The Embraer Phenom 100 business jet was selected to provide multi-engine pilot training to armed forces aircrew in the United Kingdom. The contract with Affinity Flight Training Services will provide five aircraft to the U.K Ministry of Defence’s Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program. The contract includes support services and an option for additional follow on aircraft. (Source: Embraer, 3-Feb-2016)

Affinity Flying Training Services signs contract for ten T-6Cs for UKMFTS

Beechcraft Defense Co. LLC today announced it has signed a contract with Affinity Flying Training Services to provide ten Beechcraft T-6C Texan II military training aircraft to the U.K. Ministry of Defence's Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) program. 

A second contract has also been signed to include five years of engineering services, parts support, maintenance training and the placement of on-site Field Service Representatives who provide ongoing technical expertise to UKMFTS maintenance personnel.

With deliveries beginning in the first quarter of 2018, these aircraft will support team Affinity, a joint venture between Elbit Systems and KBR (Kellogg, Brown and Root), who was selected as the preferred bidder to provide aircraft and maintenance services to the UKMFTS program. (Source: Textron Aviation, 3-Feb-2016

Saudia takes delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner

Boeing and Saudia, Saudi Arabia's national airline, today celebrated the triple delivery of two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and a 777-300ER (Extended Range). A third Dreamliner will be delivered to Saudia within the next week. The airline ordered eight 787-9s in 2010. (Source: Boeing, 3-Feb-2016)

Daallo A321 returns back to Mogadishu after an inflight explosion rips fuselage open

A Daallo Airlines Airbus A321-100 (SX-BHS) opb Hermes Airlines, performing flight D3-159 from Mogadishu (Somalia) to Djibouti (Djibouti) with 74 passengers and seven crew, was climbing out of Mogadishu about 5-mins into the flight when an explosion was heard. The crew stopped the climb and returned the aircraft to Mogadishu for a safe landing about 20-mins after departure. 

A large hole was seen at the right hand side of the fuselage above the wing. Three occupants were taken to hospitals with injuries. One passenger was missing after landing, the body was recovered near Balad about 21-nm NNW of Mogadishu. (Source:, 2-Feb-2016)

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

German Navy FGS Ludwigshafen am Rhein calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Braunschweig-class corvette FGS Ludwigshafen am Rhein (F 264) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. 

The German corvette is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (3-Feb-2016)

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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: none

  • 9H-AEG- Airbus A319-100 (c/n. 2113), registered to Air Malta plc
(Source: Transport Malta, 2-Feb-2016)

Iran Air signs order for 20 AT76s, plus 20 options

World’s leading turboprop manufacturer ATR and Iran’s national flag carrier Iran Air today signed in Teheran a deal for the introduction of 40 newest generation ATR 72-600s. The agreement includes firm orders for 20 aircraft plus 20 options, and is valued at one billion euro. (Source: ATR, 1-Feb-2016)         

Comlux orders three ACJ320neo aircraft

Comlux The Aviation Group has announced a firm order for three Airbus ACJ320neo aircraft, becoming the largest customer for Airbus’ new corporate jet family. Deliveries of the aircraft begin at the end of 2018. Comlux has chosen CFM International LEAP-1A engines to power the aircraft. Cabin outfitting will be by Comlux America, in Indianapolis, the first independent authorised Airbus corporate jet service centre. (Source: Airbus, 1-Feb-2016)

Malaysia picks MD530G for armed scout helicopters

Malaysia has become the launch customer for the upgraded G-model of the MD Helicopters MD-530, with an order for six examples of the armed scout rotorcraft for its army. Mesa, Arizona-based MD will supply an initial helicopter during the fourth quarter of 2016, with the full fleet to be delivered by the following March. (Source:, 1-Feb-2016)

France places order for two C-130Js and two KC-130Js

France has placed an order for four Lockheed Martin C-130s - two standard C-130J transports and two KC-130Js equipped for in-flight refuelling of helicopters, the defense procurement office said. "Direction Générale de l’Armement ordered on Jan. 29th from the U.S. Air Force four new Hercules C-130Js," the DGA said in a Feb. 1st statement. The first two aircraft will be delivered between the end of 2017 and early 2018, with the two refuelling versions due in 2019. No value was given for the contract, which was drawn up under the foreign military sale procedure. (Source:, 1-Feb-2016)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Air Malta to fly to/from 30 destinations this summer

Air Malta is planning an enhanced summer 2016 flight schedule that will see improved flight timings on Manchester, Catania, Vienna, Lyon and Marseille and increased frequency on Berlin. The Maltese airline will continue being the largest operator to London and the UK by offering a selection of 30 weekly flights to seven airports. 

With this schedule, running from the Mar. 27th till Oct. 29th, Air Malta aims to carry over one million passengers. 

A number of changes to last year’s summer schedule were made to maximise opportunities, increase efficiency and make flights more attractive, both for travellers from Malta as well as for the tourists visiting the islands this summer. 

"This summer our goal is to achieve targets by doing more with less and dedicating all our resources on Malta. We are following a channel rich distribution strategy that includes tour operators, travel agents, group travel and direct selling through our website. We remain the strongest carrier on Malta operating a selection of 135 weekly flights with the best flight timings, best airport selection and competitive pricing", said Chief Commercial Officer Ursula Silling.

This summer Air Malta will continue being the largest charter operator to/from Malta and is planning an interesting program for Maltese and foreign operators. Discussions with charter operators are currently underway. (Source: Air Malta, 29-Jan-2016)

Zagros MD83 veers off the runway on landing at Mashad, Iran

A Zagros Air McDonnell Douglas MD-83 (EP-ZAB), performing flight ZV-4010 (on Jan. 28th) from Isfahan to Mashad (Iran) with 154 people on board, landed on Mashad's runway 31R at about 1800lt (1400z) but veered left off the runway, rotating around its vertical axis and sliding sidewards and backwards to a halt about 2200m past the runway threshold and 55m to the left of the runway centreline. The occupants evacuated via slides. There are no injuries being reported, the aircraft however received substantial damage including the collapse of the right hand main gear, part collapse of the left main gear, right wing damage and left flaps damage. (Source:, 29-Jan-2016)

Lockheed Martin-led team launches future USS Sioux City

The Lockheed Martin-led industry team launched the nation's 11th littoral combat ship (LCS), Sioux City, into the Menominee River at the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard today. The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. M. Winnefeld, christened Sioux City with the traditional smashing of a champagne bottle across the ship's bow just prior to the launch. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 30-Jan-2016)

SWISS takes delivery of its first B77W

Boeing and Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) are celebrating the delivery of the airline's first 777-300ER (HB-JNA). The latest addition to SWISS' fleet touched down in Zurich today following a non-stop 4,545 nautical miles (8,418 kilometers) delivery flight from Boeing's Everett Delivery Center in Everett, WA. (Source: Boeing, 29-Jan-2016)

Boeing completes successful 737 MAX first flight

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 took to the skies for the first time today. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery. With the latest technology LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the first member of the efficient 737 MAX family completed a two-hour, 47-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 9:46 a.m. local time and landing at 12:33 p.m. at Seattle's Boeing Field. (Source: Boeing, 29-Jan-2016)

Friday, January 29, 2016

ANA confirms order for three A380s

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has confirmed that it has ordered three Airbus A380s that will be used on its Tokyo-Honolulu route. Parent company ANA Holdings says in a statement that the aircraft will be used to strengthen its position in the leisure and resort markets. "The A380 allows us to efficiently expand seating capacity at a lower cost per seat while offering a flexible range of cabin classes," it adds. ANA says that the aircraft are being acquired for around Y150 billion ($1.2 billion), and will be delivered during the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. (Source:, 29-Jan-2016)

Iran signs order with Airbus for 118 aircraft

Iran officials have signed two agreements with Airbus covering new aircraft orders and a comprehensive civil aviation co-operation package. The agreements were signed at the Élysée Palace, Paris, during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s official visit to France with French President François Hollande.

Iran Air has signed an agreement with Airbus for the acquisition of 118 new Airbus airliners (21 A320ceo family, 24 A320neo family, 27 A330ceo family, 18 A330neo (-900), 16 A350-1000 and 12 A380S). This includes pilot and maintenance training and support services to help the entry into service and efficient operations of these new aircraft. (Source: 28-Jan-2016)

Boeing receives order for 20 P-8A Poseidons

Boeing is being awarded a $2.4 billion modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm contract (N00019-14-C-0067) to exercise an option for the manufacture and delivery of 20 Lot III full-rate production P-8A aircraft for the Navy (16), and the Government of Australia (four). Work is expected to be completed in December 2018. The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 28-Jan-2016)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Egyptian F-16 crashes near a military airbase in the town of Fayed

An Egyptian F-16 fighter jet has crashed during a military exercise, killing its crew, the military said in a statement early on Thursday. The statement did not specify a death toll or provide the cause or location of the incident.

Ahram Arabic news website reported that two were killed in the crash, the pilot and a captain. They were aged 48 and 42, it added. The website said the warplane came down near a military airbase in the town of Fayed, in the port governorate of Ismailia, around 120 km east of Cairo. (Source:, 28-Jan-2016)

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-MIR - Bombardier Challenger 604 (c/n. 5368), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex N3746)
  • 9H-SUN - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 367), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex 4R-ADE)
  • 9H-AEY- DeHavilland DHC-8-315 (c/n. 508), registered to Mediterranean Aviation Co. Ltd. (Medavia)
(Source: Transport Malta, 26-Jan-2016)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

French Navy FS Beautemps-Beaupré calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy oceanographic survey vessel FS Beautemps-Beaupré (A 758) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on an informal visit.

The French survey vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (27-Jan-2016)

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 helos and booked net orders for 333 in 2015

During 2015, Airbus Helicopters delivered 395 rotorcraft from the company's civil, parapublic and military product lines, strengthening its leading position on the civil and parapublic market while maintaining its share of the worldwide military market (471 in 2014). 

Meanwhile, the company booked 383 orders (402 in 2014) – adjusted to 333 due to contract amendments for governmental NH-90 and Tiger helicopters – with a strong performance of the new-generation medium H175. 

Demand remained steady for the H135 and H145 family of light twin helicopters, with bookings levels exceeding the company’s targets for 2015. (Source: Airbus Helicopters, 25-Jan-2016)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

French Navy FS La Motte-Picquet calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy Georges Leygeus-class destroyer FS La Motte-Picquet (D 645) has sailed in Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French naval destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (24-Jan-2016)