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)