Saturday, November 30, 2013

British merchant ship MV Hurst Point in Valletta Port

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

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

MV Hurst Point is presently in the Mediterranean as part of Royal Navy's Cougar-13 deployment.

MV Hurst Point is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1/2 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Tuesday, December 3, at 1000lt.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

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-ALF - Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 605 (c/n. 5759), registered to Nomad Aviation Oasis Flight Malta Ltd. (ex A7-RZC)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 28-Nov-2013)

Royal Navy HMS Bulwark in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark (L 15) - an Albion class amphibious transport dock (LPD) - has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on an informal visit.

The British amphibious vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, December 2, at 1100lt

(28-Nov-2013)

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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

Air Malta's Airbus A320-214 '9H-AEF' departed from Malta Int'l Airport this morning on winter lease with Sky Airline of Chile. This is the sixth wet-lease agreement between both airlines since 2007. The aircraft will re-join Air Malta's fleet in March 2014.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Lufthansa Technik Malta inaugurates a newly-extended hangar at Malta IAP

Tourism Minister K. Vella this morning reiterated government support to the aviation maintenance sector as he inaugurated a newly-extended hangar at Lufthansa Technik Malta. The extension will enable the company to work simultaneously on three large wide-bodied aircraft. The extension, which cost some €4.5 million, will allow the hangar to accommodate planes such as the Airbus A330 and A340. Lufthansa Technik Malta CEO S. Drewes said the hangar extension would play a pivotal role in bringing large carriers to the island. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 21-Nov-2013)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Vueling to expand operations at Rome-Fiuminco in 2004, announces new flights to Malta IAP

Vueling has launched today at a press conference what will be the largest growth of the company for the next summer season 2014. The airline has presented a 267% growth at the Rome-Fiumicino airport, linking it with a total of 33 direct destinations within Italy and Europe. Vueling will offer its passengers 17 new direct international routes from Rome, including three weekly flights to Malta IAP. (Source: Vueling, 20-Nov-2013)

Friday, November 15, 2013

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-IPG - Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 (c/n. 5589), registered to Nomad Aviation (Europe) Ltd. (ex OE-IPG)
  • 9H-JRF - Cessna 525B CitationJet 3 (c/n. 525B-0016), registered to Avcon Jet Malta Ltd. (ex S5-BAW)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 15-Nov-2013)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Niki adds Malta to its 2014 summer schedule

Austrian airline Niki has added Malta to its summer schedule next year. It said it will start flights between Vienna and Malta on Mar. 30. There will be flights on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Flights arrive in Malta at 1.20 p.m. and in Vienna at 4.20 p.m. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 14-Nov-2013)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Royal Navy HMS Penzance in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Sandown class mine countermeasure vessel HMS Penzance (M 106) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

HMS Penzance is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour today at 1645lt.

(12-Nov-2013)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Russian Navy RFS Smetlivy in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Kashin Mod. class frigate RFS Smetlivy (810) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

This is RFS Smetlivy's second visit in the Grand Harbour this year. Her first visit was between the 1st and 3rd November.

The Russian destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Thursday, November 14, at 0900lt.

(11-Nov-2013)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Italian Navy ITS L.D. de la Penne in Valletta Port

The Italian Navy Luigi Durand de la Penne class destroyer ITS Luigi Durand de la Penne (D 530) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit.

The Italian destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1/2 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Tuesday, November 11, at 2230lt.

(10-Nov-2013)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for October 2013

A five-month streak of exceptional performance by the Malta IAP has culminated in a 17.5% increase in passenger movements during October 2013. Compared to October 2012, passenger movements increased to 409,575 passengers, a figure only matched in June during last year.

Traffic from the U.K. grew by 2.4% while traffic from Germany grew by 47.7%. France, Italy and Spain registered growths of 29.8%, 21.1% and 15.6% respectively. Aircraft movements and seat capacity also increased by 14.8% and 15.2% respectively over the same period last year. The average seat load factor duplicate increased by 1.5%, reaching 81.6% while the maximum take-off weight increased by 13.7% and cargo mail increased by 4.7%.

Between January and October, there were over 3.5 million passenger movements, an increase of 9.9% compared to last year. Airport traffic broke records every month this year and September and October reached previously unmatched figures only recorded during peak months. (Source: maltatoday.com.mt, 10-Nov-2013)

Royal Navy HMS Dragon in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Daring class frigate HMS Dragon (D 35) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. She has on board a Westland Lynx HMA.8SRU helicopter, serial ZF560.

The Royal frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Wednesday, November 13, at 1300lt.

(10-Nov-2013)

Friday, November 8, 2013

Russian Navy RFS Shakhtyor in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Sliva class salvage tug RFS Shakhtyor has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.

The Russian tug is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Sunday, November 10, at 1600lt

(08-Nov-2013)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

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

Cancellation/s:  
  • 9H-AFL - Airbus ACJ318-112 (c/n. 3363), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. 
(Source: Transport Malta, 6-Nov-2013)