Thursday, February 23, 2012

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Register - update 23/2/2012

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

New addition/s:
  • 9H-MQT - Fokker F27 Mk.400 (c/n. 10295) registered to Miniliner srl, Italy (ex I-MLQT)
Cancellation/s: none

Spanish Navy ESPS Martin Posadillo in Valletta Port

The Spanish naval auxiliary vessel ESPS Martin Posadillo (A 04) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning around 0835LT on a two-day courtesy visit. 

The Spanish naval auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-2 Wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port tomorrow, February 24th, at 1630LT.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Libyan Mirages roar back into the sky, head back home

The two Libyan Mirage F.1 fighter jets ('502' and '508') which were flown to Malta by defecting pilots a year ago, roared back into the air just after noon today and and headed back home. The planes arrived in Malta unexpectedly a year ago yesterday, when their pilots Col. A. al-Rabti and Col. A. al-Salheen, defected to Malta after refusing to bomb fellow Libyans in Benghazi. The two pilots were given protection in Malta for the duration of the Libyan uprising. The two pilots were back at the controls this morning. They acknowledged Malta's assistance with a low-level flypast before finally heading south. The planes were due to fly back yesterday, on the anniversary of the defection, but they were grounded by bad weather over Malta and Libya. (Source:

TAM A345 and an aircraft tow-truck in unusual collision at Malta IAP

An Brazilian TAM Airlines A340-500 plane (PT-MSN) was damaged in an unusual collision involving an Air Malta aircraft tow-truck at Malta IAP this morning. The tow truck ended up wedged beneath the central section of the fuselage. The airport fire section was on the scene as a precaution. The aircraft is currently stored at Malta IAP.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Royal Navy HMS Somerset in Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Duke class (Type-23) frigate HMS Somerset (F 82) has sailed into Valletta Port (Grand Harbour) this morning at 0940LT on a four-day courtesy visit.

HMS Somerset has presently aboard one EH-101 Merlin HM.1 helicopter, serial ZH852.

The British frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-2 Wharf, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Wednesday, February 15th, at 1000LT.

Monday, February 6, 2012

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for January 2012

Passenger movements at Malta Int'l Airport for the first month of the year reached 165,969; which is a decrease of 2.2% when compared to Jan-11, whilst aircraft movements for the month decreased by 10% over the corresponding period last year. Likewise, the seat capacity for the month reached 254,714, i.e. a decrease of 9.8% over January 2011. The maximum take-off weight was 5.4% lower than the corresponding period, whilst cargo and mail was 6.5% lower than that recorded during the same month in 2011.
The Italian and French markets retracted in January, by 16.2% and 13.4% respectively, whereas the German market grew by a considerable 25.6%. The United Arab Emirates market grew by 19.6%, whereas the United Kingdom market had a more modest increase of 2.2%. (Source:

Air Malta A320 returns back to Malta IAP due to a damaged cockpit window

An Air Malta A320 (9H-AEO), operating scheduled flight AMC328 from Malta to Frankfurt, had to return to Malta this afternoon as a precautionary measure due to a damaged cockpit window. The flight was uneventful and the aircraft landed normally. Following an aircraft change, flights KM 328/9 will be operated by another aircraft in order to minimise disruption and get passengers to their final destination. (Source: Air Malta)

Saturday, February 4, 2012

French Navy FS Jean de Vienne in Valletta Port

The French Navy Georges Leygeus class destroyer FS Jean de Vienne (D 643) has sailed in Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning at 0910LT on a courtesy visit.

The French naval destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay 1, and she's expected to sail from Malta on Wednesday, February 8th, at 0900LT.