Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Air Malta A319 grounded in Paris after lightning strike

An Air Malta Airbus A319-100 (9H-AEL), operating flight KM-478 from Malta IAP to Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France), was hit by lightning while en route to the French capital this morning. The aircraft landed safely at Charles de Gaulle airport around 0930lt. No one was injured. The aircraft has been grounded pending checks. Air Malta is planning to send a relief aircraft this afternoon with a team of engineers to check the aircraft. (30-Dec-2014)

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Icelandic Coast Guard ICGV Tyr in Valletta Port

The Icelandic Coast Guard Aegir-class offshore-patrol vessel ICGV Tyr has sailed into Valletta Port around noon on a courtesy visit. 

This is Tyr's second visit in the Grand Harbour this year. Her first visit was between 11th and 14th December. 

The Icelandic OPV is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, December 29th. (27-Dec-2014)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

ULS Airlines Cargo A310 diverts to Malta due to engine problem

A ULS Airlines Cargo Airbus A310-300 freighter (TC-VEL), performing cargo flight GO-452 from Misratah (Libya) to Istantbul (Turkey), had to divert to Malta International Airport this morning after the crew reported a problem with engine #1. The aircraft landed safely on RWY 31 around 0905lt. (20-Dec-2013)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Air Malta to charge economy passengers for hot snacks, beverages as from Jan. 1st

Hot snacks and beverages for Air Malta’s economy passengers will be against payment as from Jan. 1st, the airline said. In a statement this morning, Air Malta said that following an agreement with its catering supplier SkyGourmet, club class passengers will benefit from an upgraded in-flight menu while economy passengers will be offered a baguette and half a litre of water on all routes.

While the baguette and water will be free of charge, "a wide selection of good quality food items, including hot, will be available for purchase from cabin staff at a nominal fee in the near future". Chairwoman M. Micallef said the agreement will save the airline some €4 million each year. Air Malta said it was also reviewing other contracts in the various areas of its operation to achieve further cost savings whilst ensuring a better customer experience. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 19-Dec-2014)

AFM receives second AW-139 twin-engine helicopter

The Armed Forces of Malta’s (AFM) second AW-139 twin-engine helicopter landed at Luqa this afternoon. The helicopter, which is to be registered AS1429, will be used to perform border control tasks and SAR missions. Together with the AFM’s first twin-engine helicopter, it will help strengthen the AFM’s capabilities through the External Borders Fund 2007-2013. 

The AW139 has a maximum speed of 193 mph, a range of almost 600 miles, and service ceiling of 20,000 feet. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment package for maritime patrol and SAR missions that includes a high-definition FLIR system, search/weather radar, cabin mission console, naval transponder, search light, satellite communication system, a four-axis autopilot with SAR modes, external rescue hoist and four bag floatation system. This state of the art intermediate twin-engine helicopter features the largest cabin in its category for greater mission flexibility and comfort. (Source: timesofmalta.com)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ryanair B738 en route to Malta diverts to Trapani due to bad weather

A Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-DCM), performing flight FR-5382 from Madrid-Barajas (Spain) to Malta IAP, had to divert to Trapani-Birgi (Siciliy) this morning due to bad weather at Malta International Airport. The flight then continued to Malta landing with a delay of nearly three hours. (10-Dec-2013)

Turkish Airlines B738 returns to Malta IAP due to a lightning strike

A Turkish Airlines Boeing B737-800 (TC-JGY), performing flight TK-1370 from Malta IAP to Istantbul-Ataturk (Turkey), had to return back to Malta International Airport this afternoon, 30-mins after departure, after the crew reported that the aircraft was hit by lightning. The aircraft departed again to Istanbul after the aircraft was declared safe. (9-Dec-2013)

Monday, December 8, 2014

Maltafly begins flights to Sicily

Maltafly is a joint venture between an Italian businessman and Maltese marketing agency Markit Business Solutions Ltd. which began scheduled flights between Malta IAP and Palermo (Falcone–Borsellino airport) on Dec. 5th. The route operates twice weekly using an EMB-120, HA-FAI (c/n. 123), sourced from Hungary's Budapest Aircraft Services. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 7-Dec-2014)

Friday, December 5, 2014

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for November 2014

Malta IAP hosted more than a quarter of a million passengers last month, an all-time record for November. In total, the airport welcomed 256,305 passengers in November, marking a 2.9% increase compared to the same month last year. This occurred despite aircraft movements having decreased by 1.8%.

The rise in passenger numbers was largely due to a record seat load factor of 80.4%, up from 76.4% last November. The seat load factor, which is the percentage of aircraft seats being filled, helped to compensate for the drop in capacity.
 
In November, all the airport’s main markets registered an increase in passenger movements when compared to the same period last year. The U.K.  remains Malta’s top market, seeing an increase of 3.8% in passengers passing through the airport. Meanwhile, Italy and Germany increased traffic by 2.5% and 2.8% respectively.
 
Turkey managed to climb into the five major markets when it registered a 75.3% increase in passenger traffic when compared to the same period last year. This is a direct result of the increased capacity on this route, with daily flights to and from Istanbul.
 
Between January and November this year, Malta IAP saw an increase of 6.5% when compared to last year’s figures, hosting a total of 4,063,836 passengers. The maximum take-off weight decreased by 3.3% and cargo and mail decreased by 8.8%. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-Dec-2014)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Royal Navy HMS Grimsby in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Sandown-class mine countermeasure vessel HMS Grimsby (M 108) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The British MCMV is presently berthing alongside at Gun wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta tomorrow, December 4th. (3-Dec-2015)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

German Navy FGS Homburg in Valletta Port

The German Navy Frankenthal-class mine countermeasure vessel FGS Homburg (M 1069) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The German MCMV is presently berthing alongside at Magazine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Thursday, December 4th. (2-Dec-2014)

Monday, December 1, 2014

Royal Navy HMS Defender in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Daring-class frigate HMS Defender (D 36) 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 XZ691/DF-454.

The British destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Friday, December 5th, at 0900lt. (1-Dec-2014)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Royal Navy flagship HMS Bulwark in Valletta Port

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

The British LPD is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Thursday, December 4th. (30-Nov-2014)

German Navy FGS Schleswig-Holstein in Valletta Port

The German Navy Brandenburg-class frigate FGS Schleswig-Holstein (F 216) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The German frigate is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Thursday, December 4th. (30-Nov-2014)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Turkish Airlines A321 diverts to Malta IAP

A Turkish Airlines Airbus A321-200 (TC-JRE), performing flight TK-645 from Istantbul-Ataturk IAP (Turkey) to Misratah (Libya), had to divert to Malta International Airport this afternoon due to bad weather at destination. The aircraft returned to Istanbul after four hours on the ground. (28-Nov-2013)

Friday, November 28, 2014

Portugueses Navy NRP Viana do Castelo in Valletta Port

The Portugueses Navy Viana do Castelo-class ocean-patrol vessel NRP Viana do Castelo (P 360) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) yesterday in the evening on a courtesy visit. 

The Portuguese patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Sunday, November 30th at 1000lt. (27-Nov-2014)

Thursday, November 27, 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: none

Cancellation/s:
  • 9H-ERO - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (c/n. 9409), registered to Elitavia Malta Ltd. 
  • 9H-TER - Airbus A340-600 (c/n. 0449), registered to Voltrex Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 27-Nov-2014)

Saturday, November 22, 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-III - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express (c/n. 9036), registered to Albinati Aviation Ltd. (ex M-IIII).
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 21-Nov-2014)

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: maltairport.com, 21-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: ch-aviation.com, 19-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

(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)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-TEQ - Airbus A340-642 (c/n. 0416), registered to Voltrex Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 18-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)

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Air Malta's flight to London-Gatwick returns back for technical reasons

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEK), performing flight KM-116 from Malta IAP and London-Gatwick (U.K.), was enroute at FL360 about 130-nm northwest of Palermo (Italy), over the Tyrrhenian Sea, when the crew decided to return to Malta due to a cracked windshield The flight took-off from Malta IAP around 0850lt and re-landed normally around 1025lt. Flight KM-116 took-off again from Malta IAP at around 1210lt, operated by another A320 (9H-AEP).

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for October 2014

Malta IAP saw a 2.9% increase in traffic in October 2014, welcoming a total of 421,726 passengers. During October, the total number of landings and take-offs at the airport increased by 0.5% to 2,997. These figures were stimulated by an overall seat load factor reaching 83.9% for the month, compared to 81.6% last year.

The airport's top market, the U.K. - representing over 28% of all traffic - saw a marginal drop of 0.8% over October 2013. France registered the largest growth at 25.8%, due to increased capacity on both Paris routes and the introduction of the Nantes route. The other core markets, Italy and Germany, saw an increase of 8.9% and 2.8% respectively. Switzerland established itself as the fifth major market last month, marking a growth of 20.2%. 

Between January and October this year, Malta International Airport saw an increase of 6.7% when compared to last year’s figures, hosting a total of 3,807,534 passengers. The maximum take-off weight decreased by 0.3% and cargo and mail increased by 12.1%. (Source: maltairport.com, 4-Nov-2014)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Refurbished AFM Air Wing hangar inaugurated

The refurbished and upgraded Hangar 3 (ex-RAF Hangar) and supporting facilities at the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) Air Wing has been inaugurated.

AFM Commander J. Curmi said more than €2 million were invested in the project to bring the Air Wing facilities to a standard that would reflect the technologically advanced assets recently purchased by the AFM and improve personnel environment. The facilities will host the two newly acquired AW 139 helicopters.

National Security Minister M. Mallia described the project as "a dream come true" for the AFM. The hangar, he said, was a monument that reflected the AFM’s hard work to ensure national security and for border control. These vital roles needed the highest possible standards for the maintenance of the modern air assets which would be provided by this new investment.

This project was coordinated by the Logistics Branch at HQ AFM, headed by Col. P. Vassallo and administered by Lt. Col. C. Attard and Lt. Col. R. Vella. The Ex RAF hangar project was funded through the General Programme: Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows 2007-2013 with a co-financing rate of 75% EU funds and 25% national funds. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 31-Oct-2014)

Thursday, October 30, 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: none

Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-AEC - Tecnam P92-J (c/n. 008), registered to Falcon Aviation Co. Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 30-Oct-2014)

French Navy FS Alize in Valletta Port

The French Navy diving support ship FS Alize (A 645) has sailed in Valletta Port this morning on a courtesy visit.

FS Alize is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, November 3rd. (30-Oct-2014)

Air Malta halves its yearly loss to €16 million

Air Malta halved its losses during the financial year ending March 2014 and is projecting to maintain its position for the year ending March 2015, despite several major setbacks such as the closure of the Libyan routes and increased competition in the peak summer months.

Audited figures announced during the Air Malta Annual General Meeting showed that the airline posted a loss of €16 million (US$20.3 million) for the year ending at the end of March 2014, compared to €31 million (US$39.4 million) loss registered during the financial year ending at the end of March 2013.

The numbers show that Air Malta is moving in the right direction according to its Restructuring Plan, although it did not manage to reach the more ambitious annual targets of a €15 million loss in 2013 and a profit in 2014.

Air Malta chairperson M.a Micallef said the current financial year had been directly hit by the closure of the Libyan routes (losing the airline around €1 million per month, including incremental revenue from transit business) and a 20% increase in seat capacity of other airlines in the peak months.

“We were informed that our revenues would be hit by 10% and the bottom line was forecasted to be a loss of €25 million, unless immediate preventive actions were taken. We set ourselves a target that under these circumstances we try and target a bottom line of a loss of €16 million for Year ending March 2015,” said Ms Micallef, who was appointed chairperson in July.

Ms Micallef also highlighted the importance of thinking about the long term strategy of Air Malta, beyond the restructuring plan.

“In the longer term, it remains clear to me that the realities of the industry are such that the airline’s profit margins will always remain wafer thin unless we rethink our business model to truly ensure viability. We need to get out of restructuring mode and start thinking of long-term sustainability beyond 2016. We will need the economies of scale that we can never achieve with our size,” she said.

“If we are to make this work – and I am confident we will – we need everyone’s support. In some cases, this means holding back. That is my message to politicians, both Government and Opposition. The same applies to all the representatives of the various stakeholders, who for the first time have been invited to this AGM.”

“The reality is that this is Air Malta’s last chance for long term survival. We have 17 months left to get this right,” she concluded.

Meanwhile, newly-appointed CEO Philip Micallef outlined his vision for the airline and highlighted a number of initiatives being taken to bring the airline to profitability by 2016.

“One of the key missions of this new management team is to work much more closely with Malta Tourism Authority and other key stakeholders. MTA and Air Malta have a joint responsibility to attract tourism to the Maltese islands. In the past, the two entities complemented each other’s work but did not combine their resources as effectively as they could. We are holding joint meetings with tourism operators in various markets as Air Malta seeks to intensify its presence in foreign markets. We have entered into a new era of positive collaboration,” he said.

Similar joint initiatives are happening with Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA) and Federated Association of Travel & Tourism Agents (FATTA).

“Our approach has been particularly successful with German tour operators, where committed seats have increased by 300% in winter 2014/15. Similar encouraging results are already being achieved on our Amsterdam and Brussels routes. Our code-share with Air France is doing even better, with a ten-fold increase in passenger revenue,” Mr Micallef told the AGM.

“At the end of summer we launched an aggressive promotion with a 25% discount, for travel from November 2014, to get early bookings for winter. In aggregate, early bookings for winter strongly indicate that we could start to mitigate the losses in passengers from Libya and slow-down in Russia through increased sales on other routes,” he said.

Mr Micallef said Air Malta now needed to improve its IT systems to facilitate customer experience and increase revenue by providing a more attractive pricing system for passengers.

“In the face of increased supply on some of our core routes during the peak summer months, we must respond by taking advantage of additional revenue streams. We are starting with generating ancillary revenue pre-flight through product enhancements and the right technology to promote the sale of these products. We are also looking at developing ancillary products while on board,” he said.

(Source: AirMalta, 28-Oct-2014)

Friday, October 24, 2014

Aegean Airlines to start Athens-Malta flights next year

Greek private airline Aegean Airlines is to start flights to Malta IAP in the summer season next year from its hub at Athens IAP. The airline said it intends to initially operate to Malta on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in the afternoon. It eventually plans to add another flight on Sunday (Source: timesofmalta.com, 24-Oct-2014)

Al-Naser Airlines wet-leases an A346 from Hi Fly Malta

Iraq's Al-Naser Airlines has taken delivery of its maiden A340-600 9H-TEQ (cn 416), formerly with Virgin Atlantic as G-VOGE. The quadjet, which was ferried from Malta to Baghdad on Oct. 18th, is on wet-lease from Hi Fly subsidiary, Hi Fly Malta, which in turn sourced it from Voltrex Leasing.

According to a statement issued to ch-aviation by Hi Fly Malta, the lease agreement is only temporary as its long term plans for the aircraft involve its reconfiguration into a 475-seater to be used for Hajj operations. 

"Until reconfiguration Supplemental Type Certificate is approved, which might take up to one year, Hi Fly is subleasing the aircraft to Al-Naser in current configuration with crew and maintenance support to supplement their current fleet of A346s that are planned to be operated for Iraqi Airways," it said. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 24-Oct-2014)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Russian Navy RFS Sibiryakov in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project 865 (Sibiryakov-class) hydrographic survey ship RFS Sibiryakov (СИБИРЯКОВ) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Russian survey ship is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta this Saturday, Oct. 25th. (21-Oct-2014)

Royal Navy of Oman full-rigged ship RNOV Shabab Oman II in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy of Oman full-rigged ship RNOV Shabab Oman II has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

Royal Navy of Oman has taken delivery of RNOV Shabab Oman on Sep. 12, 2004, during a ceremony at Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding in Vlissingen, the Netherlands.

RNOV Shabab Oman II was designed by Dykstra Naval Architects, Amsterdam. Her keel was laid in Mar. 2013. She was built by Damen Shipyards, Galtati, Romania and launched on Dec. 2nd, 2013. In Jan. 2014, she was towed to Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (in Vlissingen) for fitting out, including the fitting of her masts.

RNOV Shabab Oman II will also serve as the training for the Royal Navy of Oman, having replaced the previous sail training ship of the same name (RNOV Shabab Oman, built in 1977).

THe Royal Navy of Oman sail training ship is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf (in the French creek), and she's expected to sail for Malta this Thursday, Oct. 23rd (21-Oct-2014)

Monday, October 20, 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-SMB - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 (c/n. 9549), registered to Albinati Aviation Ltd. (ex M-MBAL)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 20-Oct-2014)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ryanair B738 returns to Malta IAP after reporting a problem with the nose gear

A Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-EPC), performing flight FR-6696 from Malta IAP to Edinburgh (U.K.) had to return back to Malta IAP yesterday evening after reporting a problem with the nose gear. The aircraft departed from RWY 13 at 1955lt, levelled off at 8000 feet to troubleshoot the problem and then to dump fuel, and re-landed safely RWY 13 at 2137lt. The stranded passengers where later trasferred to one of Ryanair's Malta-based B738s (EI-EVN) to operate the flight to Edinburgh. It departed Malta IAP at 0029lt (on 18th). 

Thursday, October 16, 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-TEQ - Airbus A340-642 (c/n. 0416), registered to Voltrex Ltd. (ex G-VOGE)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 16-Oct-2014)

Monday, October 13, 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: none

Cancellation/s:
  • 9H-ELP - Cessna 172S (c/n. 172S-8742), registered to Yacht & Jet Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 13-Oct-2014)

Friday, October 10, 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-KAP - Embraer ERJ-135BJ Legacy 600 (c/n. 14501089), registered to Air X Charter Ltd. (ex 2-KAPP)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 10-Oct-2014)

Thursday, October 9, 2014

SWISS to launch Zurich-Malta route in summer 2015

SWISS today announced the launch of 19 routes across Europe in summer 2015 season. Amongst these new routes, is the luanching of the new route between Zurich and Malta IAP with effect from Jul. 1st, 2015. SWISS will be operating four weekly flights, Zurich-Malta-Zurich, using Airbus A320s. (Source: airlineroute.net, 7-Oct-2014)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for September 2014

Malta IAP registered a 2.4% increase in traffic last month, hosting a total of 463,215 passengers. The growth is seen in light of the closure of the Libyan airspace since mid-July, which has resulted in a passenger drop within this market.

During September, the total number of landings and take-offs at the airport increased by 0.9% to 3,199 while the number of people that could be flown to and from Malta (seat capacity) grew marginally by 1.1% to 540,423.  

France was the market to register the largest growth at 11.1%, thanks to increased demand on the Paris route. Traffic from Italy and U.K.  grew by 8.9% and 6.7% respectively. Meanwhile, Spain and Germany saw a decrease of 11% and 5.7% respectively. 

Between January and September this year, Malta IAP saw an increase of 7.2% when compared to last year’s figures, hosting a total of 3,385,808 passengers so far this year. The maximum take-off weight increased by 0.4% and cargo mail increased by 7.9%. (Source: maltairport.com, 7-Oct-2014)  

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Two German Navy fast-patrol boats in Valletta Port

Two German Navy Gepard-class fast-patrol boats FGS S79 Wiesel (P 6129) and  FGS S75 Zobel (P 6125) have sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. 

The German fast-patrol boats are presently berthed alongside at Laboratory wharf, and are expected to sail from Malta tomorrow, October 5th. (4-Oct-2014)

Thursday, October 2, 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-VCA - Bombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 300 (c/n. 20513), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-....)
  • 9H-VCBBombardier BD-100-1A10 Challenger 300 (c/n. 20514), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-....)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-MAL - Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 (c/n. 5508), registered to Avcon Jet Malta Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 1-Oct-2014)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Germany Navy FGS Luebeck in Valletta Port

The German Navy Bremen-class frigate FGS Luebeck (F 214) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The German frigate is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Qauy no. 4, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Wednesday, October 1st. (29-Sep-2014)

Thursday, September 25, 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-VJH - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 (c/n. 9580), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-GVWR)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-MQT - Fokker F28 Mk.400 (c/n. 10295), registered to Miniliner srl, Italy
  • 9H-XRS - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global Express XRS (c/n. 9329), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. (re-registered as 'M-SIRI')
(Source: Transport Malta, 25-Sep-2014)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Turkish Stars cancels its participation at 2014 Malta International Airshow, Red Arrows to display on both days

The Malta Aviation Society, organizers of the airX Malta International Airshow informs the public that due to circumstances beyond its control, the aerobatic team Turkish Stars will not be participating in the Airshow. 

Once faced with this situation the organising committee managed to secure the RAF Red Arrows for both days of the airshow. 

This year's event will feature 3 display teams - the Italian team Frecce Tricolori, the Spanish team Patrulla Aguila and now the world famous RAF Red Arrows, all on both days of the event. (Source: maltairshow.com, 23-Sep-2014)

German Navy FGS Braunschweig in Valletta Port

The German Navy Braunschweig-class corvette FGS Braunschweig (F 260) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The German corvette is presently berthing alongside at Magazine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Thursday, September 25th. (23-Sep-2014)

Italian AF donates Texan T6G trainer to Malta Aviation Museum

The Italian Air Force has donated a North American, Texan T6G trainer aircraft to the Malta Aviation Museum. The Texan T6G was a two-seat trainer used during WWII to train pilots, mostly in the United States and Canada. 

The aircraft donated to the Malta Aviation Museum was one of several hundred handed over by the United States to friendly nations during 1952-1953 to help them rebuild their air forces. After serving with at least two Italian Air Force flying schools the aircraft was retired and placed in storage.  

Aircraft engineers from the Aviation Museum, led by David Polidano, travelled to Forli to dismantle the aircraft and load it on a trailer for shipment to Ta’Qali. The aircraft finally ‘landed’ at Ta’Qali last Saturday and will be reassembled for display.

The museum said the donation was made possible by Col L. Mariz, Commanding Officer of the Italian Military Mission Malta, Maj M. Lumia, ex Brig (rtd) M. Xuereb, Col M. Said AFM and Warrant Officer O. Bennett AFM. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 22-Sep-2014)

Monday, September 22, 2014

ULS Airlines Cargo diverts to Malta IAP due to low visibilty at Misrata

An ULS Airlines Cargo Airbus A310-300 freighter (TC-LER), operating cargo flt GO-451 from Istanbul-Ataturk (Turkey) to Misrata (Libya), had to divert to Malta IAP this morning due to low visibility at Misrata airport. The freighter continued with its flight to Misrata after two-hours on the ground at Malta IAP. (22-Sep-2014)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

USN confirms participation with a P-3C at the 2014 Malta International Airshow

The United States Navy has confirmed participation with a P-3C Orion coming from Patrol Squadron 4 the Skinny Dragons. VP-4 is based at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft developed for the United States Navy and introduced in the 1960s. At this time a squadron detachment is based in NAS Sigonella in Sicily, for patrol in the Mediterranean and further afield. (Source: maltairshow, 20-Sep-2014)

Friday, September 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-KAZ Hawker Beechcraft Corp. Hawker 900XP (c/n. HA-0034), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd. (ex OK-KAZ)
  • 9H-VJG - Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 (c/n. 9580), registered to VistaJet Ltd.. (ex C-GVRY)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-BOF - Hawker Beechcraft Corp. Hawker 900XP (c/n. HA-0177), registered to Orion (Malta) Ltd. 
(Source: Transport Malta, 18-Sep-2014)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Russian Navy RFS Kildin in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project 861M (converted Moma-class) intelligence ship RFS Kildin has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Russian intelligence ship is currently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta this Sunday, September 21st. (18-Sep-2014)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Air Malta A320 to fly in formation flight with the Red Arrows at the 2014 Malta International Airshow

An Air Malta Airbus A320 will fly in formation with the Red Arrows aerobatics team during the Malta International Airshow on Sunday week. The airshow will be held on Saturday and Sunday Sep. 27th and 28th, and, for the first time, will feature four aerobatic display teams.

Capt Martin Ferrando, who will pilot the Air Malta A320 said detailed preparations for the flypast were made over the past week. This, he said, would be a unique and spectacular display. The Air Malta plane will join the nine jets that make up the Red Arrows some six miles out at sea and fly back in formation over the Grand Harbour and onto the runway. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 16-Sep-2014)

Friday, September 12, 2014

AFM confirms participation at the 2014 Malta International Airshow

Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) confirms the participation both in the static display as well as in the flying display programme, through its Air Wing. Included in the flying display repertoire shall be the Alouette III SAR helicopter. The Alouette III will be flying the Malta flag to signal the beginning of the afternoon aerial display on both days of the show and shall be on static display as well, accompanied by the Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air, a Britten Norman BN-2 Islander, a Bulldog primary training aircraft and for the first time AFM's new twin-engined helicopter, the AgustaWestland AW-139. (Source: maltairshow.com, 12-Sep-2014)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Air Malta adding a third weekly flight to Djerba

Air Malta announced today that it will be increasing its schedule between Malta and Djerba with an additional weekly frequency every Tuesday with effect from Sep. 16th. The Maltese airline will therefore be operating three weekly flights to/from the Tunisian city every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. (Source: maltatoday.com.mt, 11-Sep-2014)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Finnair to offer seasonal services to Malta next year

Next summer Finnair will add seasonal flights to Malta International Airport from Finland's capital Helsinki, with timetables designed for optimal connections with Finnair's network of Asian destinations. Service to Malta begins Apr. 2nd and lasts until late October. Flights to Malta IAP will operate twice a week - Mondays and Thursdays - with A321 Sharklet aircraft. (Source: maltatoday.com, 9-Sep-2014)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for August 2014

Malta IAP hosted 8.6% more passengers in August than it did during the same month last year welcoming 551,179 passengers. 

CEO M. Klaushofer said the growth was the result of an unprecedented increase in the number of aircraft seats being taken up, resulting in a seat load factor of 86.5%. Seat capacity increased by 6.6%, while flight movements rose by 5.1%.

"August's success was due to marked growth in some of the airport's major markets, namely the U.K., France, Germany and Italy," he said. Italy saw the highest growth - an increase of 16.5% due to the new routes added for the summer. Traffic from Germany and France grew by 10.4% and 9.1% respectively, followed by the U.K which grew by 8.7%.

The maximum take-off weight increased by 7.1% and cargo mail increased by 4.6%. 

Between January and August, MIA hosted more than 2.9 million passengers resulting in an eight per cent increase over the same months last year. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 5-Sep-2014)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Egyptian AF confirms a K-8E for static display at 2014 Malta International Airshow

For the first time ever in the history of the Malta International Airshow, Egypt will be participating with a K-8E trainer in the static display. 

The K-8E Karakorum is a two-seat intermediate jet trainer and light attack aircraft designed in the People's Republic of China by China Nanchang Aircraft Manufacturing Corporation. The primary contractor for this plane is the Hongdu Aviation Industry Corporation.

The K-8 variant was developed for export to Egypt in 1999, featuring 33 modifications to the airframe and avionics. Built in Egypt from Chinese-supplied kits, production of 80 Egyptian-built Chinese kits was completed in 2005, with license production of an additional 40 K-8Es undertaken thereafter. (Source: maltairshow.com, 2-Sep-2014)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hellenic AF cancels its participation at 2014 Malta International Airshow

The Hellenic Air Force has informed us that the F-4E Phantom II from the Hellenic Air Force has cancelled its participation for the static display in this year's edition of the airX Malta International Airshow. The Malta Aviation Society continues to work on other possible participants as we approach the event, now with less than 25 days from the 2014 airX Malta International Airshow. (Source: maltairshow.com, 1-Sep-2014)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Royal Netherlands Navy HNLMS De Zeven Provincien in Valletta Port

The Royal Netherlands Navy De Zeven Provincien-class frigate HNLMS De Zeven Provincien (F 802) has sailed into Valletta Port (for the second time in 2015) this morning on a courtesy visit and to disembark the Armed Forces of Malta's Special Duties Enhanced Boarding Team (SDEBT), consisting of three officers and 19 other ranks, picked up during her visit on May 11th. The Dutch frigate has just completed a three-month assignment with the E.U. Naval Force Somalia - Operation Atalanta. 

The Dutch frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf. She's has on board an NH-90 NFH helicopter, serial N-233. HNLMS De Zeven Provincien is expected to sail from Malta on Saturday, August 30th. (27-Aug-2014)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Russian Navy RFS Yaroslav Mudry in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Neustrashimyy-class frigate RFS Yaroslav Mudry (727) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

RFS Yaroslav Mudry has a Kamov Ka-27 helicopter on board, serial 42 'Yellow' (RF-34177).

The Russian frigate is currently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Tuesday, August 26th. (24-Aug-2014)

Saturday, August 23, 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-MAK - Dassault Falcon 7X (c/n. 114), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd. (ex G-UMKA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-AGE - Airbus ACJ321-211 (c/n. 5538), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 22-Aug-2014)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Malta-based Air X adds two B735s to its fleet

Malta-based air charter company airX has added two 44-seat Boeing 737-500 aircraft to its fleet. They are configured for executive business charter for larger groups such as government delegations, football teams and bands, company chairman J.B. Matthews said today.

Speaking during the launch of the 2014 Malta International Airshow 2014, of which airX is the title sponsor, Mr Matthews  said the company had signed Southampton FC as a client for the B735s for the forthcoming football season. 

"airX is increasingly becoming the air charter operator of choice for more and more A-list celebrities and VIPs. At the last count, our famous passenger list totalled over 100 celebrities and VIPs," he said. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 21-Aug-2014)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Republic of Korean Navy ROKS Munmu the Great in Valletta Port

Republic of Korean Navy Chunmugong Yi Sun-sin-class destroyer ROKS Munmu the Great (976) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) with evacuees from Libya.

ROKS Munmu the Great has a Westland Lynx Mk.99 on board, serial 90-0702.

The South Korean destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Tuesday, August 19th. (17-Aug-2014)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Jet 2 to operate Glasgow-Malta service from next summer

British low-cost airline Jet2 has announced it will operate a Malta-Glasgow service as from summer next year. The airline also announced new services from Glasgow to Prague, Cyprus and Antalya in Turkey. Jet2 is a subsidiary of the Dart Group PLC. It operates Boeing 737-800s and Boeing 757-200s. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 13-Aug-2014)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Italy's Guardia Costiera confirms participation at 2014 Malta International Airshow

The Guardia Costiera Italiana officially known as The Italian Corps of the Port Captaincies and Italian Coast Guard to some of us, has confirmed that an AugustaWestland AW-139 helicopter shall participate in this year's edition of the airX Malta International Airshow with a static display. 

The AgustaWestland AW139 is a 15-seat medium sized twin-engined helicopter developed and produced principally by AgustaWestland. The Guardia Costiera AW139 role is that of Search and Rescue. The Italian Coast Guard has 4 Aw139's, with deliveries taking place between July 2010 and February 2011. (Source: maltairshow.com, 13-Aug-2014)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Air Malta secures its European AOC

Air Malta has announced it has secured its European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)-sanctioned Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Maltese Civil Aviation Directorate of Transport. All European-based carriers are expected to have secured their respective EASA AOCs by Oct. 28th of this year.

"The extensive process for applying and obtaining regulatory approval involved a gap analysis between the current and new legislation. In order to comply with the new Regulations and transition to an EASA AOC, Air Malta was required to perform a thorough review of all policies and procedures," Air Malta said.

Among the certification's new measures is the introduction of a Safety Management System (SMS), which replaces the current Accident Prevention and Flight Safety Programme. The airline says it introduced SMS earlier this year in winter and in the process changed its safety processes and held appropriate SMS training for its entire workforce. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 12-Aug-2014)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Royal Navy HMS Ramsey and HMS Quorn in Valletta Port

Two Royal Navy mine countermeasure vessels HMS Ramsey (M 110) and HMS Quorn (M 41) - a Sandown-class and a Hunt-class respectively - have sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The two British MCMVs are presently berthing alongside each other at Pinto-5 wharf, and they're are expected to sail from Malta on Monday, August 11th. (8-Aug-2014)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ryanair's Malta-bound flight from Madrid diverts to Trapani

A Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-ENP), operating flight FR-5383 from Madrid-Barajas to Malta Int'l Airport, had to divert to Trapani in Sicily this afternoon after a passenger fell sick on board. The flight was due at Malta IAP at 1311lt. The flight then continued to Malta IAP landing at 1452lt.

WizzAir to start Warsaw-Malta service in April 2015

WizzAir on Wednesday announced planned expansion at Warsaw Chopin Airport in 2015, which sees the introduction of 5th based aircraft and 8 new routes. Amongst the planned new routes is the launching of a weekly flight between Warsaw and Malta IAP with effect from Apr. 5th, 2015. (Source: WizzAir, 6-Aug-2014)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for July 2014

Malta IAP hosted a record 511,243 passengers in July, marking an increase of 8.5% when compared to the same month last year.

These figures reinforce M.I.A. plc's decision to revise its forecast for the rest of the year. CEO M. Klaushofer announced last week that the aiRport was now expecting a year-on-year growth of 4.2%, revised from 2% originally forecast in January. This followed six record months which accounted for more than 1.8 million passenger movements.

July's figures were due to an overall seat capacity increase of 8.2% and a 0.2% increase in seat load factor, reaching 82.8% for the month. Aircraft movements for the month rose by 8.2%.

Traffic from the U.K. grew by 9.4% in July, as a result of the increased capacity to and from London-Gatwick. Traffic from Italy and France rose by 15% and 19.9% respectively, due to further growth in these markets over the July period. Traffic to and from Germany increased by 6.1%. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-Aug-2014)

Wednesday, August 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-OME - Boeing B737-505 (c/n. 24274/2035), registered to Air X Charter Ltd. (ex N274EL)
Cancellation/s: none

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

Air Malta to launch scheduled services to Djerba, Tunisia

Air Malta will introduce scheduled services to Djerba airport in Tunisia with effect from this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014. This decision was taken due to increased passenger demand from this airport due to the situation in Libya. The Air Malta flights will be operated twice weekly every Thursday and Sunday till Oct. 23, 2014. (Source: Air Malta, 6-Aug-2014)

AFM inaugurates their new twin engine AW-139 helo

The Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) this morning proudly inaugurated their new twin engine AW-139 helicopter (AS1428) at Air Wing Base, Luqa.  

Following an inspection of the Honour Guard, AFM Commander Brig. J. Curmi addressed those present. He said that "The acquisition of the AW-139 is a milestone in Malta's Military aviation history. This new rotary wing aircraft will increase safety standards for AFM personnel and provide superior capabilities for night operations and poor weather conditions."

The Hon. Dr E. Mallia, Minister for Home Affairs and National Security, expressed deep satisfaction with this project and said that "this is not only proof of the government's commitment towards the AFM but is also indicative of Malta's border and security policy." Dr Mallia also mentioned the operational advantages of possessing an air asset of such high caliber and took the opportunity to thank the families of military personnel that work on these assets around the clock.

The AW-139 costed around 15 million Euros and was purchased with the help of E.U. funds through the External Border Control with a co-financing rate of 75% E.U. funds and 25% National Funds.  This is the first of two aircraft which have been purchased by the AFM with the second helicopter expected in December. (Source: Armed Forces of Malta)

Royal Navy HMS Enterprise in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Echo-class survery vessel HMS Enterprise (H 88) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning around 0550lt carrying 93 persons evacuated from Libya - mostly Britons, a number of Irish and Danish nationals and a Norwegian.

This HMS Enterprise's third visit in Valletta Port this year. Her first visit was from 18th to 22nd July, and the second on 4th August after evacuating 110 Britons and a small number of Irish and German workers from Libya.

HMS Enterprise is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Sunday, August 10th. (6-Aug-2014)

Tuesday, August 5, 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-AGI - ATR 72-212A (c/n. 808), registered to Roque Nublo Ltd. (ex EC-KUR)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 5-Aug-2014)

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Two Turkish Navy training ships in Valletta Port

Two Turkish Navy training ships TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha (A 579) and TCG Sokullu Mehment Pasha (A 577) have sailed in Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

TCG Cezayirli Gazi Hasan Pasha (A 579) is ex German Navy Rhein-class type-401 tender FGS Elbe (A 61). TCG Sokullu Mehment Pasha (A 577) is ex German Navy Mosel-class type-402 tender FGS Isar (A 54).

Both training ships are berthing alongside each other at Wine wharf, and they're expected to sail from Malta on Wednesday, August 6th. (3-Aug-2014)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Hellenic Navy HS Ikaria in Valletta Port

The Hellenic Navy Jason-class landing ship HS Ikaria (L 175) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on an informal visit.

The Greek landing ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, August 4th. (2-Aug-2014)

Wednesday, July 30, 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-ELP - Cessna 172S (c/n. 172S-8742), registered to Yacht & Jet Ltd.
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 29-Jul-2014)

Friday, July 25, 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-AHA - Boeing B737-505 (c/n. 24647/2143), registered to Air X Charter Ltd. (ex N647EL)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 25-Jul-2014)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Russian Navy RFS Vice-Admiral Kulakov in Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Udaloy I-class destroyer RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov (626) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on an informal visit. 

This is RFS Vice-Admiral Kulakov's second visit in Valletta Port this year. Her first visit was from 10th to 14th July.

The Russian destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, July 28th. (24-Jul-2014)

ATAC L-39 on static display at the 2014 Malta International Airshow

The Team on the Malta International Airshow 2014 is proud to confirm yet another participant with non-standard attributes. An L-39ZA from U.S. commercial company ATAC has agreed to provide one jet for static display. The nicely-camouflaged L-39 is mainly used for supporting air forces in various roles and ATAC is currently also operating in Germany supporting US Forces in Europe.

ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) comprises the world's largest out-sourced civilian, tactical airborne training organization and is proud to provide the highest-quality live training to fleets, squadrons and battalions that put their lives on the line every day in the name of freedom.

The L-39 Albatros is a widely flown trainer/light attack aircraft similar in mission to the Italian MB339. Until now is in service with various former Soviet allies. The basic trainer is not armed, but has two underwing pylons for drop tanks and practice weapons. Light-attack variants have four underwing hardpoints for ground attack stores; the ZA also has an underfuselage gun pod. (Source: maltairshow.com, 24-Jul-2014)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Air Malta and Etihad Airways expand code-share partnership

Air Malta and Etihad Airways have expanded their code-share agreement to provide travellers with improved connections between Europe, the GCC region and Australia. 

The two airlines extended their partnership to coincide with the launch of Etihad Airways’ service between Abu Dhabi and Rome this week. Air Malta is placing its ‘KM’ code and flight number on the new route, while Etihad Airways is placing its ‘EY’ code and flight number of Air Malta’s non-stop service between Rome and Malta.

In addition, Air Malta’s code and flight number will be placed on Etihad Airways’ services from Abu Dhabi to Australia for the first time, covering the UAE carrier’s existing flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as Perth, which also launched this week.

The expanded agreement follows the success of Air Malta’s existing code-share on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, Brussels and Manchester. (Source: Etihad Airways, 17-Jul-2014)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Medavia's Dash 8 9H-AEY damaged in Tripoli airport

A Maltese-registered Dash 8 belonging to the Maltese-Libyan airline Medavia was damaged during the fighting in Tripoli airport. The aircraft was hit late yesterday. The damaged, to the fuselage, is still being assessed. Several other aircraft were damaged by bullets and shrapnel. The airport is currently closed. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 15-Jul-2014)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Air Malta flights to Tripoli to remain suspended

Air Malta said today that Tripoli airport is expected to remain closed for a number of days because of security concerns and its service to the Libyan capital will therefore remain suspended. The airline said it would resume services when it is safe and secure to do so. Customers booked onflights to Tripoli are being offered a full refund of their tickets or the possibility to change their date of departure for free. Air Malta’s flights to Benghazi are also suspended following the closure of the airport in May. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 14-Jul-2014)