Friday, August 18, 2017

RCAF to participate in 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow with a CF-188

It is with great pleasure that we announce the participation of a CF-188 Hornet from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The Hornet wll increase the variety of static display aircraft at the 25th edition of the Malta International Airshow.

The supersonic CF-188 Hornet can engage both ground and aerial targets. Its twin engines generate enough thrust to lift 24 full-size pick-up trucks off the ground. As the RCAF's frontline multi-role fighter, the modernized CF-188 is used primarily for air defence, air superiority and tactical support.

After successful Canadian participation in the 1994,1998 and 2015 editions this year will see the debut of a CF-188 Hornet on our shores, a great edition to the airshow.

The Malta Aviation Society organisers of the Malta International Airshow would like to publicly thank the Royal Canadian Air Force for confirming their participation once again in Malta. (Source: maltairshow.com, 18-Aug-2017)

Air Malta to restart Malta-Manchester route next year

Air Malta will be restarting flights to Manchester on a weekly basis as of May 2018 after the service was axed earlier this year. The airline announced last December that the popular route would be scrapped from May 2017 to focus on other, more profitable services.

The decision was met with widespread criticism, but Air Malta said it had been projected to lose up to €2 million in variable costs by operating the route with four flights per week this summer, and that the “expensive” route should have been axed “many years ago”.

But industry sources told this newspaper Air Malta had now secured a commitment, as of May next year, for a significant portion of seats to be taken up by tour operators on the Manchester route, making the route viable. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 18-Aug-2017)

GdiF to send an AW-139 to 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Italian's Guardia di Finanza (GdiF) aviation unit has confirmed it's participation in the 25th Edition of the Malta International Airshow with a static display of a Leonardo (AgustaWestland) AW-139 helicopter.

The GdiF is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance and part of the Italian armed forces. The GdiF is essentially responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling. It maintains more than 100 aircraft to serve in its mission of patrolling Italy's territorial waters.

In the rotary wing of the GdiF, the Leonardo AW-139 is tasked with maritime patrol, search, exploration, medical evacuation flights and further logistical transport. Its missions take place around the Italian territory on land and even on sea. (Source: maltairshow.com, 18-Aug-2017)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-CAM - Avions Pierre Robin HR 100-210 (c/n. 170), registered to 'Private'
  • 9H-CBB - Cessna 340A (c/n. 340A-0441), registered to Piltz Praezisionswerkzeuge GmbH & Co., Germany
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 14-Aug-2017)

Monday, August 14, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fifth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Aug. 16th. (14-Aug-2017)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Saudi Hawks display team for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Malta Aviation Society proudly announces that the Saudi Hawks, from the Royal Saudi Air Force, will be participating in the 25th edition of the Malta International Airshow being held between the 23rd and the 24th of September 2017.

The Saudi Hawks display team will be showing off their skills during the aerial display of the Airshow, while the general public will have the unique opportunity to meet the pilots at the Airshow Grounds in Luqa. This will be the first time that this team will be participating in the local Airshow.

Painted in an eye catching green and white livery inspired by the Saudi national flag, the team was established in 1998 and is based at King Faisal Air Base in Tabuk city.  The team flies with specially modified BAE Hawk Mk65 aircraft fitted with smoke generators.

During the show, the team will show off its most iconic manoeuvre known as The Logo, for which they hold the Guinness World Record for the largest sky drawing for their logo. During this complex manoeuvre, all aircraft will paint the nations national emblem in the sky, a palm tree with crossed swords representing prosperity and justice.

Following The Turkish Stars and the Swiss PC-7 Team, The Saudi Hawks are the third aerobatic team to be confirmed for the 25th edition of Malta International Airshow which will feature over 40 different aircraft participating in the static and flying display. The participation list so far features seven countries. (Source: maltairshow.com, 11-Aug-2017)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Aegean to increase the Athens-Malta service to five times weekly as from June 2018

Aegean Airlines in recent schedule update adjusted planned European service increase in summer 2018, based on comparison of peak summer season in 2018 vs 2017. The Athens-Malta-Athens service will increase from the current four to five flights per week as from Jun. 27th, 2018. All flights will be operated with Dash 8-Q400s, instead of the current Dash 8s/A320s combination. (Source: routesonline.com, 8-Aug-2017)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for July 2017

Summer is in full swing at Malta International Airport, with the number of travellers passing through the terminal in July increasing by more than 90,000 passenger movements. This translates into an upturn of 15.5% over the same month last year. July's 675,111 passenger movements exceeded the airport's previous passenger traffic record, held by August 2016, by 12%.

As noted also in previous months, July's thriving numbers resulted from an increase in aircraft movements. These grew by 13.6% to reach an all-time record of 4,562 take-offs and landings by the end of July. In parallel with this growth, seat capacity registered an increase of 16.5%. Despite a slight drop of 1.3%, last month's seat load factor still stood at a healthy 86.7%.

The top five drivers of traffic to Malta IAP remained unchanged from June, with the United Kingdom topping the list followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. These markets recorded varying levels of growth, and cumulatively were responsible for a leap of around 53,000 passenger movements when compared to July 2016.

Passenger numbers from these markets flourished as a result of enhanced capacity and flight frequencies on routes such as Glasgow, Bari, Frankfurt, Lyon, and Madrid, as well as the launch of new routes including Bordeaux and Valencia.

July's traffic brought the total number of travellers welcomed at Malta IAP in the first seven months of the year up to around 3.3 million. Towards the end of the month, the airport published its mid-yearly forecast, whereby it announced that it is expecting circa 5.8 million passengers to go through the terminal by the end of the year. (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Aug-2017)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-YUM - Dassault Falcon 900DX (c/n. 610), registered to TAG Aviation Malta Ltd. (ex OD-MIK)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-LDV - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5756), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd. (rrg N60TK)
(Source: Transport Malta, 7-Aug-2017)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Air Malta A320 grounded at Paris-Orly

An Air Malta aircraft (A320, 9H-AEI) is stranded in Paris, which is expected to delay a number of flights today. Air Malta confirmed that passengers scheduled to travel on the Orly flight were given complimentary accommodation for the night and refreshments.

The airline said that the aircraft meant to operate flight KM467 from Paris-Orly to Malta on Friday was grounded for technical reasons and that a group of Air Malta engineers is travelling to Paris to inspect and fix the aircraft.

A number of flights today, including KM116/7 to/from London-Gatwick and KM102/3 to/from London-Heathrow, will be delayed. Affected passengers today will be offered assistance that includes snacks, depending on the extent of the delay. They will be given compensation in line with statutory requirements.

The airline apologised for any inconvenience caused by circumstances beyond
its control. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 5-Aug-2017)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Four RAF Hawk trainers for 2015 Malta Int'l Airshow

The U.K.'s Royal Air Force (RAF) committed further support for the 25th edition of the Malta International Airshow. This time four further aircraft will be added to the static display line-up.

For the first time ever during the event, we will be able to see closely RAF Hawk T.2 aircraft coming from IV(R) Squadron from RAF Valley, while 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming will support the event with two Hawk T.1s.

The Hawk T.1 is used primarily in the advanced flying-training role, it is equipped to an operational standard and is capable of undertaking a war role.

The Hawk T2 is a fully aerobatic, low wing, transonic, two-seat trainer with mission avionics that are representative of front-line aircraft. It is used to train pilots for Tornado GR4, Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II.

The Malta Aviation Society organisers of the Malta International Airshow are delighted for the further commitment by the Royal Air Force. (Source: maltairshow.com, 4-Aug-2017)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-ELI - Cessna 750 Citation X (c/n. 750-0115), registered to Luxwing Ltd. (ex ES-ELI).
  • 9H-GIO - Cessna 525 CitationJet (c/n. 525-0121), registered to TRTO Agency Ltd. (ex D-ICSS).
  • 9H-MJD - Canadair Challenger 601 (c/n. 3031), registered to Air CM Global Ltd. (ex 9H-IJK).
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-IJK - Canadair Challenger 601 (c/n. 3031), registered to Air CM Global Ltd. (rrg 9H-MJD)
(Source: Transport Malta, 1-Aug-2017)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Air Malta carriers record 12,000 passengers in two days

Over 12,000 passengers traveled on Air Malta aircraft last weekend in what the airline described as a record 48 hours performance for recent years. On Saturday and Sunday the airline operated over 80 flights achieving an average seat load factor of 93%.

P. Sies, Chief Commercial Officer at Air Malta commented; "This was a great achievement by all our staff and especially those in commercial and operations. It was our best weekend over the last two years surpassing even mid-August figures which are usually the airline’s best performing period. 

"This performance was even more significant particularly when we note that it surpassed our performance two years ago when we operated with two more aircraft and there is more competition from other airlines on our more popular routes.

"Last weekend some of our flights including those to/from Switzerland and Russia ran with over 95% load factors. This is good news for the airline and we believe we can surpass this figure in the coming weekends." (Source: timesofmalta.com, 2-Aug-2017)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

easyjet to add weekly flight on Manchester-Malta route

easyjet will be adding a weekly flight to its route between Manchester (U.K.) and Malta as of this coming winter. Flights will operate four times a week in winter and daily in summer as of Nov. 7th, the airline said.

Tourism Minister K. Mizzi said the additional flight confirmed the government's commitment to increase the frequency of existing flight destinations. Malta IAP CEO A. Borg said this development was in line with the airport's endeavours to secure better capacity and connectivity in winter. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 1-Aug-2017)

Italian Navy ITS Palinuro calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy sail training ship ITS Palinuro (A 5311) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. The port visit in Valletta marks the commencement of the 53rd training campaign in favor of the Chief Petty Officers (CPO) cadets, coming from the Italian Navy CPO school located in Taranto.

The Italian training ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf. The public will be able to visit the ship on Aug. 1st from 1600 to 1900; Aug. 2nd from 1000 to 1200 and from 1600 to 1800; Aug. 3rd from 1000 to 1200 and 1600 to 1900; and on Aug. 4th from 1600 to 1900.

ITS Palinuro is scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Aug. 5th. (1-Aug-2017)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hellenic Navy HS Prometheus calls at Valletta Port

The Hellenic Navy replenishment ship HS Prometheus (A 374) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Hellenic auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Aug. 1st. (29-Jul-2017)

HeliFly to launch transport service between Malta and Gozo by helicopter

In the first week of August, HeliFly Limited will launch a transport service between Malta and Gozo by helicopter. But not only – during this summer, there will also be a helicopter transport service for tourists visiting the three islands.

The innovative service has been conceived by Italian lawyer E. Blasio, CEO of HeliFly. "There are four activities that HeliFly will hold in Malta. These include Malta to Gozo transport, touristic tours around Malta, Gozo and Comino, trips to and from Sicily such as Taormina, Panarea and North Africa, and a flight training school,” Dr Blasio said.

HeliFly will operate in Malta in partnership with two business groups: Eurotech-Ariane, one of the most important Italian and international companies specialising in aerial works, and the Maltese Falcon Alliance and European Pilot Academy. With these two partnerships, HeliFly will provide the first helicopter training school in Malta.

HeliFly will work with different types of helicopters, including a Robinson R22 and Agusta A109. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 28-Jul-2017)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Three Polish military aircraft for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Polish Air Force (Siły Powietrzne) and Polish Naval Air Arm (Marynarka Wojenna RP) will be once again supporting the Malta International Airshow this year.

The Polish AF will be sending two assets for the static display line up. For the first time ever we shall be hosting an F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 52. Supporting the F-16 visit we shall also have a C-295M transport aircraft. 

The M-28B Bryza from the Polish Navy will again visit our island and increase the line up for the static display.

The three aircraft will fly high the Polish flag which in the last year's has become a firm participant during our airshow. (Source: maltairshow.com, 28-Jul-2017)

M.I.A. plc releases half-yearly results, revises projections for 2017

Malta Int'l Airport's revised projections indicate that circa 5.8 million passengers are expected to pass through the terminal by the end of the year, establishing a new traffic record for the airport. In the first half of the year, Malta IAP had already registered 2,639,712 passenger movements, amounting to an increase of 20% over the same period in 2016.

This solid six-month performance encouraged the company to revise its original forecast announced in January, while taking into account the growth rate reached so far, traffic developments for the winter season, and trends observed in the aviation industry.

CEO A. Borg presented this forecast at a press conference, noting that while passenger numbers have recently been experiencing an increase across all months, Malta International Airport will be persisting in its efforts to ascertain that the upcoming winter season maintains the momentum gained thus far.

Detailed traffic results for the first half of 2017 revealed that June was the third consecutive month to register over half a million passenger movements. The growth experienced in the first six months was bolstered by an upturn of 15% in aircraft movements and 19% in seat capacity.

Despite the increase in seat capacity, with over 3 million seats available on flights operated to Malta IAP in the first six months, a healthy seat load factor was maintained, which stood at 80.7%.

Looking ahead, important developments for winter 2017-18 include the introduction of four new winter routes operated by Ryanair and EasyJet, and the extension of a number of routes from summer into winter by Air Malta, Wizz Air and Aegean Airlines. In addition to this, increased flight frequencies during the upcoming season will also be offered by SAS, Lufthansa, Vueling, and Jet2.

By the end of the year, the airport will have invested EUR16 million in its infrastructure, with the heftiest injection being in the terminal reconfiguration project. Completed project milestones include the opening of a new La Valette lounge, a re-conceived observation deck, and the security screening area relocation. Upon conclusion of the project’s first phase, the terminal will also be furnished with eight additional check-in desks and a new baggage handling system. (Source: maltairport.com, 27-Jul-2017)

Jet2 announces new route to Malta from London-Stansted

Leisure airline Jet2.com has added further to its Stansted schedule for summer 2018, with three new routes and extra flights to nine other destinations. Jet2.com and is sister package holiday company Jet2holidays will now also fly to Malta, Naples (Italy) and Nice (France) next summer, bringing its total number of destinations from Stansted for the season to 33. (Source: ipswichstar.co.uk, 27-Jul-2017)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Turkish Navy TCG Bayraktar calls at Valletta Port

The Turkish Navy Bayraktar-class landing ship TCG Bayraktar (L 402) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit.

The Turkish landing ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jul. 26th. (23-Jul-2017)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Air Malta to add another plane to its fleet next summer

Air Malta is to add a plane to its current fleet of eight aircraft as of next summer, with the airline saying the addition will give it more flexibility to service popular routes and add new ones. The decision to grow its fleet of aircraft was sanctioned by the company's board of directors earlier this week, on the recommendation of the carrier's management. 

In a statement, the company said that the decision was in line with its growth strategy and would allow Air Malta to boost its seat capacity and fuel growth in passenger numbers. The national airline's commercial team is currently carrying out market research into potential destinations Air Malta can expand into.

The airline currently carries an estimated 1.6 million passengers every year. It has been hobbled by financial difficulties, despite an E.U.-sanctioned bailout some years back. Tourism Minister K. Mizzi has said that his main focus will be on turning the airline's fortunes around and ensuring it can stand on its own two feet. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 22-Jul-2017)

Italian Navy ITS Carlo Margottini calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy Bergamini-class frigate ITS Carlo Margottini (F 592) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has on board an NHIndustries NH-90 helicopter, serial MM81598.

The Italian frigate is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Jul. 25th (22-Jul-2017)

Irish Naval Service LE William Butler Yates calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Samuel Beckett-class offshore-patrol vessel LE William Butler Yates (P 63) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port this evening. (22-Jul-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: none


Cancellation/s: 
  •  9H-VVB - Boeing B737-400 (c/n. 24901/1854), registered to Aerotron (Ireland) Ltd., Ireland (rrg SX-MAI)
(Source: Transport Malta, 21-Jul-2017)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Swiss AF's PC-7 Team for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

Our friends, the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team will be in Malta once again to give us there great displays. Switzerland will be the fifth country participating in this year's Malta International Airshow, also bringing the number of display teams to two after Turkish AF's Turkish Stars where confirmed some weeks ago.

The PC-7 is a two-seater turboprop trainer aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. in Stans, Switzerland. The Swiss AF procured their PC-7s in 1983. After 25 years in operation, the aircraft were completely modernised in 2008. A state-of-the-art glass cockpit, GPS and autopilot were fitted, developing the PC-7 into a modern training platform for the future pilots of the Swiss AF.

The organising team of the Malta International Airshow from the Malta Aviation Society would publicly like to thank the Swiss Air Force and PC-7 Team for accepting our invitation.
 (Source: maltairshow.com, 21-Jul-2017)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-PIC - Tecnam P2002-JF (c/n. 095), registered to European Pilot Academy Co. Ltd.
Cancellation/s: none 

(Source: Transport Malta, 18-Jul-2017)

Monday, July 17, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Coal wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Thursday, Jul. 20th. (17-Jul-2017)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

easyJet's flight bound to Catania diverts to Malta IAP

An easyJet Airbus A320-200 (G-EZTR), performing flight U2-1981 from Manchester (U.K.) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy), had to divert to Malta IAP this morning due to bad weather over Catania. The flight then continued to Catania reaching destination with a delay of 3-hrs 45-mins on its original scheduled time. (16-Jul-2017)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Two RAF Tornados for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

Two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s will be participating in the 25th edition of the Malta International Airshow. The Tornado GR4 is a two-seat, all-weather, day/night attack and reconnaissance aircraft. 

It has been in service with the RAF for more than 30 years, but a combination of major upgrade programmes and numerous continual enhancements has kept the aircraft amongst the forefront of all attack aircraft. (Source: maltairshow.com, 14-Jul-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-AGK - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 166), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-GAB)
Cancellation/s: none 

(Source: Transport Malta, 13-Jul-2017)

Wizz Air launches new route Skopje-Malta IAP

Wizz Air launched today its new route between Skopje (Macedonia) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight (W6-7765), operated with an Airbus A320-200 (HA-LWJ), landed at Malta IAP around 0745lt. The return flight (W6-7766) to Skopje departed from Malta IAP around 0855lt. WizzAir will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. (14-Jul-2017)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Air Malta to restart Malta-Frankfurt service as from November 2017

Air Malta is to recommence services to Frankfurt as from November, operating four times a week in winter and daily in Summer. The decision was announced after a board meeting yesterday, and the airline is embarking on an intensive campaign to market the route.

The airline said today that its new service will be supported by an aggressive sales force as it is reorganising its the commercial effort in Germany and other main markets mainly across Europe.

Further changes are expected soon in the commercial area including a new product range. The board meeting was chaired by new chairman C. Mangion. Tourism Minister K. Mizzi attended. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 13-Jul-2017)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for June 2017

Malta Int'l Airport hosted 578,827 passengers in June 2017, translating into an increase of 17.5% over the same month last year. June's growth partly resulted from Malta IAP's recently launched summer schedule which is its busiest yet.

In fact, aircraft movements in June grew by 11.7%, reaching a total of 4,071 movements. In addition to this, seat capacity increased by 15.5%, while seat load factor improved by 1.1%.

The airport's top five markets in June were the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. These markets all registered varying degrees of growth, with the Spanish market experiencing the most marked increase, at 38.2%.

June's numbers bring the total number of passengers for the first half of the year up to 2,639,712. (Source: maltairport.com, 12-Jul-2017)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE Eithne recalls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel LE Eithne (P 31) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit. This is her visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Jul. 14th. (12-Jul-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-CGF - Piper PA-46-500TP (c/n. 4697504), registered to TRTO Agency Ltd. (ex OK-PMA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-OKI - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9339), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd. (rrg OE-IRB)
(Source: Transport Malta, 12-Jul-2017)

Ryanair opens reservations on three new routes from Malta IAP in 207/18 winter season

Ryanair in the last few weeks gradually opened reservations on three new routes from Malta IAP scheduled for winter 2017/18 season:
  • Malta–Riga (Latvia): twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, as from 29oct17.
  • Malta–Belfast (N. Ireland): twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, as from 30oct17.
  • Malta–Naples (Italy): twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, as from 30oct17.
(Source: routesonline.com, 12-Jul-2017)

easyJet to fly to Malta from London-Southend

easyJet will start flying to Malta from London-Southend on Oct. 29th, 2017. The new route will operate twice a week year round on an A320 aircraft. easyJet expects to carry more than 30,000 passengers on the route in its first year of operation.

“We are really pleased to be expanding our route offering from Malta with the addition of this new service to London and know that our Maltese customers who fly to London will be pleased with the addition of another route into London,” Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager, said. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 11-Jul-2017)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Air Malta A320 makes a precautionary landing at Malta IAP, possible landing gear problem

Malta Int'l Airport was on alert this evening after an Air Malta scheduled flight from Geneva (KM-483) reported a technical problem as it approached landing.  According to TVM, the captain reported to the control tower that the aircraft had a possible technical problem in its landing gear.

But, according to the report, the message was understood to mean that the plane was being forced to make an emergency landing, prompting airport emergency services to be deployed on standby as a precaution. 

The aircraft, Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEN) which was carrying 170 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at around 2030lt.  No injuries were reported and the aircraft was subsequently inspected. (Source: timesofmalta.com & tvm.com, 8-Jul 2017)

Friday, July 7, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-NAO - Boeing B737-300 (c/n. 27457/2756), registered to BlueBird Airways, Crete, Greece (ex N457AN)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 6-Jul-2017)

Two German Navy aircraft for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The German Marineflieger (Naval Air Arm) shall again honour us with its assets on static display during the 25th Edition of the Malta International Airshow. The two assets participating will be a P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft accompanied by a Dornier 228NG used for Pollution Control. 

Both aircraft belong to the same squadron, Marinefliegergeschwader 3 based at Nordholz. This will see the return of German participation after an absence of two years at the show. The Malta Aviation Society is honoured once again to be able to host once again our German friends. (Source: maltairshow.com, 7-Jul-2017)

Monday, July 3, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Coal wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jul. 5th. (3-Jul-2017)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hellenic AF Texan II for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Hellenic Air Force will participate for the 3rd time in the Malta International Airshow. The Hellenic AF T-6A "Daedalus" Demo Team will be sending one T-6A Texan II to Malta for static display. The team had participated for the first time in the 2015 edition when it graced our skies.

The T-6A Aircraft Demonstration Team constitutes an ambitious venture which aims at spreading and cultivating the air concept in the Greek community and at enhancing the morale of the Hellenic Armed Forces, while, at the same time, it is projecting the work of the Hellenic AF to the wide public. (Source: maltairshow.com, 30-Jun-2017)

Air Malta considering reopening of Frankfurt route

Air Malta is currently reconsidering the possibility of reopening its Frankfurt route, tourism Minister K. Mizzi has confirmed. Mizzi was responding to a supplementary parliamentary question put to him by shadow tourism minister R. Arrigo, this morning.
 


According to the minister, Air Malta's marketing team was currently evaluating the possibility of opening a number of new routes, as well as others which might have been closed in the past.

He stressed however, that if Air Malta were to reopen its Frankfurt route, this would have to come with a holistic plan and long-term.
 "It would have to be done well and would not result in Air Malta returning for one season," said the minister. (Source: maltatoday.com, 30-Jun-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-UTA- Fly Synthesis Catalina VG (c/n. F5AB0111109B), registered to 'Private'
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 27-Jun-2017)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Air Malta reintroduces scheduled service Malta-Tunis-Malta

National airline Air Malta has reintroduces today scheduled service between Malta and the Tunisian capital, Tunis, after an absence of eight years.
 Today's first flight, operated with an Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEQ), departed from Malta IAP at 0204lt (KM-684) and returned back to Malta at 0558lt (KM-685). Air Malta will be offering this new service three times weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (26-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Turkish Stars for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The renowned Turkish aerobatic team, The Turkish Stars be showing off their magnificence in the Maltese skies for the first time ever in the history of the Malta International Airshow. 

The team performs its displays with seven supersonic fighter jets, the Canadair NF-5s, which had been obtained from the Royal Netherlands Air Force. This makes the Turkish Stars one of the very few national aerobatics teams to perform with supersonic aircraft. 
Twelve F-5s are available to the team. 

The team makes use of C-130 Hercules, C-160 Transall or the newly acquired Airbus A400M support aircraft, as support aircraft. The Team is stationed at the Konya Air Base of 3rd Main Jet Base Group Command.

The Mission of the Turkish Stars is to represent the Turkish Air Force on a National and International platform, and also to represent the Republic of Turkey abroad. The team was formed on November 7, 1992 and was named the Turkish Stars on January 11, 1993. 

Coincidentally this year the team is also celebrating its 25th year making the debut much more something to look forward to, as we celebrate this prestigious milestone together.

The team was originally scheduled to feature in the 2014 edition but due to last minute changes their participation had to be postponed. 

The Malta Aviation Society, organisers of the Malta International Airshow is honored and thrilled with to host the Turkish Air Force Aerobatic Team, Turkish Stars. (Source: maltairshow.com, 23-Jun-2017)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

French Navy FS Thetis recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning for a visit of a few hours. This was her fifth port-call in Valletta this year. She was berthed at Wine wharf during her brief visit. (22-Jun-2017)

Monday, June 19, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 21st. (19-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Royal Navy HMS Echo (H 87) recalls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Echo-class survey vessel HMS Echo (H 87) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third port-call in Valletta Port this year.

The British survey vessel is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

HMS Echo is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 21st. (16-Jun-2017)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-AGJ - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 163), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-FXR)
  • 9H-DTY - Gulfstream G650 (c/n. 6146, registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex D-AYSM)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 14-Jun-2017)