Friday, November 30, 2012

Air Malta wet-leases an A320 to Sky Airline of Chile

Air Malta has entered into a three-month wet lease agreement of an A320 aircraft to Sky Airline of Chile. The aircraft will increase Sky Airline’s capacity during the peak southern hemisphere’s summer. The aircraft, with registration 9H-AEF, will be operated by Air Malta cockpit crew and maintained by Air Malta’s engineers. A number of in-flight managers have also been sent over to Chile to train Sky Airline’s cabin crew. The pilots deployed with this aircraft have been given specialised training to operate the aircraft in South America and across the Andes. This is the fifth wet lease agreement between both airlines since 2007. The plane will re-join Air Malta’s fleet in early March 2013. (Source: timesofmalta.com)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

German Navy FGS Sachsen in Valletta Port

The German naval frigate FGS Sachsen (F 219) - Sachsen class (Type F124) - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a three-day courtesy visit.

The German frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Thursday, November 29th, at 1000LT.

Monday, November 26, 2012

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register - update 26-Nov-2012

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation has published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s:
  • 9H-FMJ - Cessna T207A (c/n. 207-00590), registered to Fugro Malta Ltd. (ex PH-OTJ)
  • 9H-PVJ - Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 (c/n. 9334), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd. (ex G-PVEL) 
Cancellation/s: none

Friday, November 23, 2012

Orbest new base maintenance customer for SR Technics in Malta

SR Technics has secured a contract with Orbest. The Spanish-based airline, which operates charter flights to Europe and the Caribbean, has chosen
SR Technics’ Malta facility to carry out two C-Checks on its Airbus A320 aircraft. The first aircraft was inducted in early October 2012, and the second will arrive in Malta in January 2013. (Source: SR Technics)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Air Malta increasing connectivity to Malta this winter

Air Malta has expanded its current code share agreements with partner airlines to provide more connectivity and accessibility to the Maltese Islands. This Winter the Maltese airline has revised its codeshare arrangments with Etihad, Austrian, Meridiana fly and Lufthansa to offer better connections to both its Maltese customers as well as tourists wishing to visit the islands from destinations not directly serviced by it. Commenting on these agreements, P. Saunders, Air Malta's COC said, "Through these partnerships with reputable airlines, Air Malta is offering the Maltese public an extensive array of destinations beyond its own network both for business and leisure travel. Together with our partners, we are increasing connectivity for more tourisim opportunities from far-flung countries to fly to Malta".

Saunders highlighted that Air Malta's frequent flights to Europe's prime hub airports are proving to be essential, not only for passengers, but also for the local manufacturing industry and the movement of cargo between countries in a fast and safe manner. The recently revised agreement with Etihad Airways makes it possible for passengers to travel between Malta and Abu Dhabi via London Heathrow, Manchester and Brussels airports. Air Malta will be the operating carrier from the UK to Malta and Brussels to Malta and vice versa. Etihad will operate flights between the UK and Abu Dhabi and flights between Brussels and Abu Dhabi. Both airlines will place their respective codes and flight numbers on the connecting services between Malta and Abu Dhabi.

Air Malta has also widened its code share cooperation with Austrian Airlines by extending its code and flight numbers to flights between Vienna and Bucharest in Romania and Warsaw in Poland, where passengers can benefit from excellent both way connectivity. Air Malta and Austrian Airlines offer good both way connecting flights via Vienna Airport to/from several other destinations including Toronto in Canada and John F. Kennedy Airport in New York in the USA. Through the agreement with the Italian airline Meridiana fly, Air Malta is now also offering connectivity between Malta and Torino through Rome's Fiumicino Airport. Air Malta has placed its code and flight numbers on all flights operated by Meridiana fly between Rome and Torino, that connects with Air Malta's flights between Malta and Rome.

(Source: Air Malta)

Royal Navy HMS Bulwark in Valletta Port

The Royal naval amphibious transport dock HMS Bulwark (L 15) - Albion class - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a four-day informal visit.

HMS Bulwark is presently in the Mediterranean as part of Royal Navy's Cougar-12 deployment, together with HMS Illustrious, HMS Northumberland, HMS Montrose, RFA Mounts Bay and MV Hartland Point.

The British amphibious ship is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Friday, November 23th, at 1145LT.

British merchant ship MV Hartland Point in Valletta Port

The British merchant ship MV Hartland Point - Point class sealift - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a four-day informal visit. 

MV Hartland Point is owned by Foreland Shipping. The Point class sealift ships are ordinary merchant ships (owned Foreland Shipping) and leased to the U.K.'s Ministry of Defence, as and when needed, to carry military cargoes and vehicles.

MV Hartland Point is presently in the Mediterranean as part of Royal Navy's Cougar-12 deployment, together with HMS Illustrious, HMS Bulwark, HMS Northumberland, HMS Montrose and RFA Mounts Bay.

MV Hartland Point is presently berthing afloat in Dock-4 (at Palumbo SY, in French Creek), and she's expected to sail from Malta on Friday, November 23th, at 1300LT.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Royal Fleet Auxiliary RFA Mounts Bay in Valletta Port

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary amphibious dock landing ship RFA Mounts Bay (L 3008) - Bay class - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a five-day informal visit.

RFA Mounts Bay is presently in the Mediterranean as part of Royal Navy's Cougar-12 deployment, together with HMS Illustrious, HMS Bulwark, HMS Northumberland, HMS Montrose and MV Hartland Point.

The British dock landing ship is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Friday, November 23th, at 1045LT.

Royal Navy HMS Illustrious in Valletta Port

The Royal naval assault carrier HMS Illustrious (R 06) - Invincible class - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a five-day informal visit.

HMS Illustrious, commanded by Captain M. Connell, forms part of the U.K.'s Response Force Task Group (RTFG), headed by Commodore P. McAlpine, along with other five Royal Navy ships (HMS Bulwark, HMS Northumberland, HMS Montrose, RFA Mounts Bay and MV Hartland Point). All ships are taking part in a three-month training deployment to the Mediterranean, known as Cougar 12, involving more than 3,000 sailors, royal marines, soldiers and airmen.

This visit offers the opportunity for an operational stand-down for the RFTG and Illustrious will take the opportunity to re-establish the very important links with her Maltese affiliations.

HMS Illustrious currently on board ten helicopters: three Royal Navy Merlins, four Royal Navy Sea Kings and three British Army Apaches.

The British assault carrier is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf. She will be open to visitor on Wednesday and Thursday between 1pm and 4pm. HMS Illustrious is expected to sail from Malta on Friday, November 23th, at 0600LT.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Monarch Airlines launches flights to Malta from East Midlands

Monarch has announced today a new route to Malta for summer 2013 from its newest base at East Midlands. Expanding on its network of scheduled destinations from East Midlands, which started in August of this year, the new flights to Malta offer customers another choice of summer sun destination. Flights will operate twice a week starting on May 7th and go on sale on Friday Nov. 16th. (Source: Monarch)

Friday, November 9, 2012

Air Malta winter schedule launched

Air Malta has launched its new winter schedule of operations running up to end March 2013. This season the airline will again offer the best connections and services to major European gateways with over 100 weekly flights to a choice of 25 scheduled and 11 charter destinations.

"This winter, we plan to carry around 35,000 more passengers than last winter in line with our goals of bringing more visitors to Malta during the winter season and by becoming ever more attractive in the Maltese market. During this season, we will be offering more than 900,000 seats to and from Malta, and are confident of success. We have also revised our code share agreements to offer a wider range of destinations to the local public as well as enhance connection to Malta from destinations beyond our network", said P. Saunders, Air Malta's Chief Officer Commercial.

"During this winter period, we will continue with the repainting of our fleet in the new branding with the least possible disruptions to our schedule," added Saunders.

This winter Air Malta will be increasing its direct flights to Munich as well as doubling its capacity on the Moscow route with an additional weekly flight. Subject to market opportunities, the airline intends to increase its weekly service to Benghazi by another weekly flight.

The new revised code-share agreements with partner airlines offer more connectivity with destinations beyond Air Malta's network. The list of partner airlines includes Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines, Etihad, Meridiana fly, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines and Swiss.

This season Air Malta will be operating direct flights to: Amsterdam, Athens, Benghazi, Berlin, Brussels, Catania, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Istanbul, London (Gatwick and Heathrow), Manchester, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly), Rome, Sofia, Tripoli, Vienna and Zurich. The airline will also be operating intra- European flights between Amsterdam and Brussels, Catania and Munich as well as between Athens and Sofia.

(Source: Air Malta)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Record summer traffic at Malta IAP

Passenger movements at Malta Airport for the summer schedule (April - October) 2012 resulted in a record 2,687,845 passengers, i.e. an increase of 5.7% over the corresponding period in 2011. This was announced during a News Conference addressed by CEO M. Klaushofer and CCO A. Borg.

In a short presentation, CCO A. Borg gave an overview of the results for the first ten months of the year, in terms of passenger movements, which show an increase of 3.7% when compared to the same period last year, totalling 3,245,545 passenger movements.

October 2012: Passenger movements at Malta IAP reached 348,711, i.e. the highest number ever registered in this month, with an increase of 0.6% over October 2011. Seat capacity in the same month was of 435,542 or 1.2% more than that of October 2011.

Aircraft movements decreased by 0.6% over the corresponding period last year, whilst the average seat load factor decreased marginally by 0.4 PPD, and stood at 80.1%. The maximum take-off weight increased by 0.6% with a total of 219,445 tonnes, whilst cargo and mail was 26.5% less than that recorded during the same month in 2011.

The German market had a significant decrease of 26.7%, whereas the Spanish market registered a decrease of 7.3%. On the other hand, the Italian, U.K. and French markets registered increases of 5.9%, 5.6% and 2.5% respectively.

(Source: maltairport.com & timesofmalta.com)