Friday, January 31, 2014

Air Malta A320 suffers a bird strike while landing at Athens airport

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEQ), performing flight KM-780 from Malta IAP (Malta) to Athens (Greece), was on final ILS approach to Athens' RWY 03L when a bird impacted the aircraft. The crew continued for a safe landing on runway 03L.

The aircraft could not continue the flight to Sofia (Bulgaria). A replacement Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEN) positioned to Athens and continued the flight to Sofia reaching Sofia with a delay of 6:45 hours.

The airline confirmed a bird strike on approach to Athens followed by a normal landing. According to standard procedures the aircraft needed to be checked out, engineers were flown from Malta to Athens. To minimize disruptions a replacement aircraft was dispatched to Athens to continue the flight.

The incident aircraft was able to position back to Malta 11 hours after landing and resumed service.


(Source: avherald.com, 31-Jan-2014)

Brussels Airlines expansion this summer includes flights to Malta

Brussels Airlines is strengthening its market position and will start the forthcoming summer season with lots of new destinations, additional aircraft and invests in service innovations. In total nine popular summer holidays destinations were announced today. These are: Ajaccio, Athenbs, Barim Bastia, Calgiari, Figari, Malta, Montpellier and Seville. 

Brussels Airlines will be operating two weekly flights Brussels-Malta-Brussels, on Fridays and Sundays, from 20-Jun-2014 to 12-Sep-2014. (Source: Brussels Airlines / airlineroute.net, 30-Jan-2014)

Friday, January 24, 2014

First ever Swiss AF F/A-18 display for Malta Int'l Airshow

The Malta International Air Show is proud that the F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display from the Swiss Air Force will be embracing Malta's skies in September. After the successful participation of the Swiss AF PC-7 Team in 2006 and 2011, the Swiss AF has confirmed that this year they shall participate in the Malta International Airshow with the F/A-18 Hornet Solo Display. This is a first for Malta in having an F/A-18 in flying display and also having a fighter aircraft from the Swiss Air Force. (Source: maltairshow.com, 24-Jan-2014)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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

Malta International Airport ended 2013 with 12 record months and a total of 4,031,502 passenger movements. The 4 million figure was achieved thanks in part to particularly good results achieved in October and November which saw a combined increase of 17.8% over the same months in 2012. August also contributed significantly with an all-time high of half a million passengers.

The numbers translate into 10.5% year-on-year growth, in line with the 10.2% increase in seat capacity that was also achieved due to the new routes registered. Aircraft movements also went up by 9.1% over last year, while the average seat load factor succeeded in remaining consistent, with a marginal increase of 0.2%.

M.I.A.'s airline partners continued to perform well throughout 2013. Air Malta registering a 6% increase in passenger movements, Ryanair an increase of 19.3% and Lufthansa an increase of 27.2%. Good performance was also registered by newly introduced WizzAir and Turkish Airlines.

The U.K. market achieved the second largest traffic growth, registering an increase of 50,500 passenger movements mainly driven by London, Liverpool and Edinburgh airports, with Gatwick achieving a 4.1% growth in traffic. Significant growth was also registered in the Italian market, increasing by 17.8% mainly due to the launch of the Bergamo route by Ryanair. 

The German market grew by 7.8% which is attributed to an increase in seat capacity mainly driven by Lufthansa on the Frankfurt route. The French market performed well, recording an increase of 11.5% in passenger movements, half of which were attributed to the new Transavia route from Paris. The market conditions in Spain were reflected in a slight decrease of passenger movements of 1.7%.

"The outlook for 2014 remains positive. Seat capacity is being forecast to grow by approximately 2.5%, resulting in an estimated throughput of 4.1 million passengers, which translates to a 2% increase in traffic over 2013," MIA CEO Markus Klaushofer said.

(Source: maltatoday.com.mt, 23-Jan-2014)

United States Navy USS Simpson in Valletta Port

The United States Navy Olivery Hazard Perry class frigate USS Simpson (FFG 56) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on an informal visit. 

USS Simpson is currently carrying a three Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout unmanned autonomous helicopter on board, one of the serials is 168441.  

The United States frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 Wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta on Monday, January 27. (23-Jan-2014)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Air Malta to restart Algiers route on March 19

Air Malta said today that it will restart flights to Algiers on March 19 after encouraging results during the summer. Flights will follow a twice weekly schedule, on Mondays and Thursdays, throughout summer.  The schedule is designed to also offer connectivity to and from other Air Malta destinations. The airline pointed out that the country will soon have a Malta consulate which will offer visa facilities. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 21-Jan-2014)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Air Malta A319 involved in bird strike incident on approach to Frankfurt airport

An Air Malta Airbus A319-100 (9H-AEL) performing flight KM-328 (on Jan. 18th) from Malta IAP to Frankfurt/Main (Germany), took a bird strike while on approach to Frankfurt's RWY 07R but continued for a safe landing on the runway. The aircraft was unable to perform the return flight however. The airline confirmed 9H-AEL needed maintenance following a bird strike on approach to Frankfurt. The passengers were offered hotel accommodation. A replacement A319 (9H-AEM) was dispatched to Frankfurt (on Jan. 19th) to pick the stranded passengers. (Source: avherald.com, 19-Jan-2014)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Air Malta to switch from Istanbul Atatürk to Sabiha Gökcen in March

Air Malta will switch its Istanbul operations from Istanbul Atatürk to Istanbul Sabiha Gökcen with effect from March 31, 2014. According to ch-aviation schedule data, the three weekly service is on board an A320-200. (Source: ch-aviation.ch, 14-Jan-2014)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Air Malta will start summer early this year with flights to U.K. regional airport

Air Malta will start summer early this year by serving an array of U.K. regional airports from April in time for the spring and Easter period. Flights to and from Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Exeter and Norwich will be begin on April 8th until October 28th. Air Malta operates such regional services as a supplement to the regular scheduled services to/from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. (Source: Air Malta, 10-Jan-2014)

Thursday, January 9, 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-TOR - Bombardier BD-700-1A11 Global 5000 (c/n. 9547), registered to Avcon Jet Malta Ltd. (ex C-GUEP)
Cancellation/s:
  • 9H-AAP - Casa 212-100 (c/n. 212-009), registered to Mediterranean Aviation Co. Ltd. (Medavia)
(Source: Transport Malta, 9-Jan-2014)