Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Russian Navy RFS Sergey Osipov in Valletta Port

The Russian Federation naval auxiliary vessel RFS Sergey Osipov - a Boris Chilikin class (Project 1559/1593) replenishment tanker - has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

This RFS Sergey Osipov's second visit in Valletta Port this month. Her first visit was between the 9th and 12th January.

The Russian tanker is presently berthing alongside at Parlatorio (North) Wharf (in French Creek) and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour this Saturday, January 21st, at 1600LT.

French Navy FS Cephee is Valletta Port

The French Navy Eridan class (Type Tripartite) minehunter FS Cephee (M 652) has sailed in Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French minehunter is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour this Sunday, January 22nd, at 0900LT.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Air Malta leases an A320 to Sky Airline of Chile

Air Malta has leased an Airbus A320 aircraft to Sky Airline of Chile for two months. The plane will rejoin Air Malta’s fleet in early March in time for the airline’s busy summer season. The aircraft with registration 9H-AEF will be operated by Air Malta cockpit crew and maintained by Air Malta engineers. A number of Maltese training pursers have also been sent over to Chile to train Sky Airlines' cabin crew. Air Malta said this is the fourth wet lease agreement between both airlines since 2007. (Source:

Friday, January 13, 2012

U.S. Navy USS Whidbey Island in Valletta Port

The United States Navy Whidbey Island class amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning at 0920LT on a courtesy visit.

USS Whidbey Island is presently berthing starboard alongside at Pinto-4/5 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from the Grand Harbour on Monday, January 1
6th, at 0900LT.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Ryanair adds more routes to Malta

Low cost airline Ryanair has announced today seven new routes to Malta, including services to London-Stansted and Bournemouth in the U.K, Oslo in Norway, Turin in Italy, Malmo in Sweden, Kaunas in Lithuania and Wroclaw in Poland. The London-Stansted route will fly four flights a week while the others fly twice a week. The new routes will start operating from May 2012.

The new routes were announced today in Malta by chief operating officer M. Cawley. He said that Ryanair will thus operate 28 routes to/from Malta. He said they expected to attract a million passengers to Malta within a year. (Source: /

Friday, January 6, 2012

Air Malta aircraft struck by lightning

An Air Malta aircraft was struck by lightning this evening as it was approaching Malta. Sources said the aircraft, 9H-AEH, was hit on the front part. Although the aircraft did not seem to have suffered any structural damage, fire crews deployed at the airport in line with procedure and stood down after the plane parked. Aircraft have lightning protection systems but engineers must assess whether any system suffered damage, the sources said. (Source:

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Technical problem forces Air Malta flight to London-Heathrow to return to Malta IAP

Air Malta flight AMC102 to London-Heathrow was forced to return back to Malta IAP this evening because of a technical problem. The flight (operated by an Airbus A320, registration 9H-AEP) took-off from Malta IAP around 1705LT and the problem was soon detected by crew. The crew had no option but to turn the aircraft back to Malta. The aircraft landed safely at Malta IAP around 30-mins after departure. Following an aircraft change, flight AMC102 took-off again (opb A320, 9H-AEO) with a two hour delay.

MSoF C172 skids off RWY 23 at Malta IAP

A Malta School of Flying (MSoF) light aircraft - a Cessna 172 with registration 9H-ACL - has skidded off RWY 23 at Malta IAP this morning, around 0700LT, ending in the grass next to the runway. The aircraft was performing touch and goes on RWY 23 when the incident occurred. The airport's emergency services were deployed to the scene for any eventuality. No one was injured.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Malta IAP achieves record 3.5 million pax in 2011

Mr M. Klaushofer, new CEO at M.I.A. plc, today announced that the airport had achieved a record 3.5 million passenger movements in 2011. "In effect, this means an increase of 6.5% over 2010, which in itself was a record year which had then registered an increase of 12.8% over 2009." The CEO said that "this result was possible due to the hard work of our staff, the commitment of our airlines and all the ground work and efforts which our airline marketing department carries out in conjunction with the government and the Malta Tourism Authority." (Source: