Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Medavia's ownership comes under EC scrutiny

The European Commission (EC) has launched an investigation into Medavia to determine whether the Malta-based carrier's ownership and shareholding conforms to bloc regulations.

The Times of Malta says the EC has information which shows Medavia is now owned by the Libyan Foreign Investment Co. (LAFICO). In addition, Brussels also has concerns over the fact that of the airline's board, six are Libyans while only one is Maltese and therefore a European national.

EC laws cap foreign-ownership in E.U.-registered carriers at 49% while effective control of said airlines must rest in the hands of EU nationals.

Medavia did not respond to ch-aviation's request for comment. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 29-Aug-2016)

Sunday, August 28, 2016

German Navy FGS Datteln recalls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Frankenthal-class (type 332) mine countermeasure vessel FGS Datteln (M 1058) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fifth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The German MCMV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

FGS Datteln is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (28-Aug-2016)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force's vessels call at Valletta Port

Three Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force's vessels have sailed into Valletta Port this afternoon on a courtesy visit. The three vessels are:
  • the training ship JDS Kashima (3508) 
  • the training ship JDS Setoyuki (3518) - a reconverted Hatsuyuki-class destroyer
  • the Asagiri-class destroyer JDS Asagiri (151) - has an SH-60J helicopter on board, serial 8282
The Japanese training squadron in currently on a world cruise lasting up to early November.  The aim is for the officers, who graduated from the Officer Candidate School of the Japan Maritime Self-defence Force, to acquire seamanship and promote friendly relations between Japan and the countries on their itinerary.  The squadron, commanded by Rear-Admiral Hidetoshi Iwasaki, has aboard 750 officers and enlisted men, and 200 cadets including 20 women.

The Japanese squadron is presently berthing alongside at Pinto wharves.  The squadron will be open for the public on Monday (Aug. 29th) from 10.00 a.m. to noon and from 1.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. 

The three Japanese vessels are expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Aug. 30th. (27-Aug-2016)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

TNT B734 makes emergency landing at Malta IAP

A TNT cargo plane was forced to make an emergency landing at Malta International Airport this morning, airport officials confirmed.  The Boeing 737 was forced into the emergency manoeuvre due to nose-gear problem.

"At 1025lt, a freighter aircraft, with flight number 3V-857, travelling from Tunis to Malta declared a full emergency," an M.I.A. spokeswoman told Times of Malta. "Malta IAP’s Fire and Rescue team were dispatched immediately and the aircraft, with two crew on board, landed safely at 1044lt." (Source: timesofmalta.com, 24-Aug-2016)

Russian Navy RFS Minsk calls at Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project-775/II (Ropucha-class) large landing ship RFS Minsk (127) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Russian landing ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (24-Aug-2016)

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Irish Naval Service LE James Joyce recalls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Samuel Beckett-class offshore-patrol vessel LE James Joyce (P 62) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish OPV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

LE James Joyce is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (17-Aug-2016)

Spanish Navy ESPS Reina Sofia calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy Santa Maria-class frigate ESPS Reina Sofia (F 84) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The Spanish frigate is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

ESPS Reina Sofia is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (17-Aug-2016)

Friday, August 12, 2016

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-SSK - Gulfstream G650 (c/n. 6195), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd. (ex N695GA)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 12-Aug-2016)

French Navy FS Cmdt. Birot calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Birot (F 796) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta in the coming days. (12-Aug-2016)

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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-GYN - Piper PA-28-161 Cherokee Warrior II (c/n. 28-8116204), registered to Falcom Ltd. (ex G-SLYN)
  • 9H-MYU - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5751), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex M-YUNI)
  • 9H-TAS - Boeing B737-300 (c/n. 24770/1941), registered to BlueBird Airways, Crete, Greece (ex N638CS)
  • 9H-TOO - Dassault Falcon 7X (c/n. 005), registered to Skyfirst Ltd. (ex F-HFDA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-JCD - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5958), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. (rrr N624MY)
  • 9H-MUT - Fokker F27-500 (c/n. 10369), registered to MiniLiner 2.0, Italy
(Source: Transport Malta, 5-Aug-2016)

Sunday, August 7, 2016

German Navy FGS Datteln recalls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Frankenthal-class (type 332) mine countermeasure vessel FGS Datteln (M 1058) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The German MCMV is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

FGS Datteln is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (7-Aug-2016)

Thursday, August 4, 2016

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for July 2016

Passenger movements at Malta IAP last month increased by 5.9% over the same month last year, partly due to an increased seat capacity of 3.1% and a better seat load factor, the airport said. In a company announcement, M.I.A. plc said that with an efficiency of 88% in filling up available seats, last month's seat load factor established a new record for July.

The top five markets remained relatively unchanged, with the United Kingdom topping the list followed by Italy, Germany, and France. With a marked growth of 20.8%, Spain secured the fifth spot, successfully re-establishing itself among Malta's top five markets for the first time this year. 

The Spanish market is this year experiencing the highest growth rate when compared to the other markets. Meanwhile, Germany recorded the second highest growth rate, at 10.6%. This growth partly stemmed from the introduction of new routes to Berlin, Cologne, Düsseldorf, and Karlsruhe.

With July's passenger movements taken into account, the total number of passengers who passed through Malta IAP this summer exceeded two million. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 3-Aug-2016)