Saturday, September 29, 2012

Air Malta takes delivery of its first aircraft in the 'new' coporate livery

Air Malta's new aircraft livery has been greeted with enthusiasm and given a huge welcome at this year's Malta International Airshow. The fresh new look of the airline was one of the highlights at this year's popular show.

Around 1605LT today, to the delight of the thousands of spectators present at the airshow, Air Malta's Airbus A320 aircraft 9H-AEN in the new colours, made a number of flypass over runway 23/05.

The aircraft, operating flight KM070, flew to Malta just after being repainted in the new livery. The flight number was chosen to celebrate the 70th anniversary since the award of the 'George Cross' to Malta that is being commemorated this year.

The new livery design is fresh, bold, colourful and displays a new sense of pride in being ‘the airline of the Maltese Islands.’ The design reflects the uniqueness of the Maltese islands with their proud heritage, colours, culture, symbols, hospitality and language.

This is the first step in a series of projects aimed to re-brand the airline. Other projects in this area will be finilised and communicated in the coming months.

Commenting during a press confernce held upon the aircraft's arrival Peter Davies, Chief Executive of Air Malta stated: ‘Air Malta represents the values of Malta. The new airline brand is based on the history, heritage and colours of the Maltese Islands. With our new brand and identity, we will be ideally positioned to become the ambassador and guide of choice to the very best Malta can offer.’

The new livery also marks another milestone in airline’s cultural revolution, both internally and externally, and will support the airline’s new vision of ‘Flying The Pride of Malta’.

The aircraft in new livery has joined the static display and will be on show for the two days of the event. Air Malta's pilots will also be at the airshow to meet the public. The airline will also have a stand that will feature limited edition merchandising material. 

(Source: Air Malta)

Red Arrows will not attend the Malta International Airshow

It is with regret that the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, The Red Arrows, must announce that they will be unable to travel to Malta to display as part of the Malta International Airshow. We hope the airshow remains a huge success, and that all those planning to attend enjoy the event.

"Following our departure from Menorca, yesterday, we experienced a minor technical problem. This forced us to divert to Italy until the aircraft is repaired. We will return to the UK on Monday. We are deeply disappointed at not being able to take part in the Malta International Airshow however; safety is always paramount". said Squadron Leader Jim Turner, Red 1 (Source: Red Arrows)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Red Arrows experience technical difficulties

The Red Arrows have experienced technical difficulties on their way to Malta and had to divert to a military base in Sardegna. The team's engineers are doing their best to have the aircraft serviceable again but it is not yet known if they will be able to perform during the Malta International Airshow this weekend. (Source:

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Malta International Airshow take place this weekend

The Malta International Airshow 2012 takes place this weekend 29th and 30th September. Six countries shall participate namely, Malta, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, United States & Qatar for the first ever time, NATO will also be participating.

Old Flying Machine Company's Spitfire Mk.IXB (MH434/ZD-B) was the first aircraft to arrive. It has arrived yesterday after a long journey all the way from the U.K., with various stops along its route. This is the most famous aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force in WWII and there are only a few remaining flying examples of this aircraft in the whole world.

The Malta Aviation Society succeeded in attracting the Spitfire as part of the celebrations marking 70 years from Malta becoming ‘The George Cross Island’ and the aircraft will be flown during the airshow by the world-renowned Paul Bohomme who besides flying Jumbo Jets is also twice winner of a the world’s fastest air race. The Spitfire will be hangered in one of the Air Wing’s hangers of the Armed Forces of Malta.

The RAF Red Arrows will be the Aerobatic Team this year at the event, it will be the seventh time that the Red Arrows participate in the airshow. Before their dislplay the Red Arrows and the Spitfire shall do a joint flypast with the Spitfire leading the formation, a flypast that will be a first in Malta's skies.

Air Malta will be a very important participant at this year's airshow. The airline has kindly agreed to have the first Airbus 320 in the brand-new colours fly directly from the paint shop straight to the airshow grounds. KM070, with registration 9H-AEN will fly in on Saturday at 1330LT, the flight number having been chosen to commemorate 70 years of the George Cross Medal to Malta. After a brief flyby, the jet will land and park for the airshow public to see from close range. Air Malta's pilots will stand by the jet to answer questions from the visiting public. 

Other Aerial displays include the RAF Hawk, RAF Tucano, RAF King Air, the AFM Alouette III Helicopter, the Italian Military Mission in Malta AB-212 SAR display. From the civilian side we also have an Extra 200 from Diamond Aviation and also a Learjet 60 from Eurojet.

On Friday, Park 4 at Malta IAP co-organisers of the event, will become full to the brim with many other participating aircraft coming from six different nations. The Red Arrows will arrive in the afternoon from Spain and will fly on both days, bringing the Malta International Airshow 2012 to a close. 


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

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

Passenger movements at Malta IAP in August reached an all-time record of 461,153, breaking the record achieved in July 2012 (445,232). The increase in passenger movements is equivalent to 7.9% or 33,578 movements when compared to the same month last year. In August, seat capacity has also hit an all-time record of 536,632, an increase of 7.5%. The average seat load factor also increased by 0.2% to reach a record 85.9%.

In August, aircraft movements grew by 6.6% over the corresponding period last year, whilst the maximum take-off weight was 8.6% higher than that registered in August last year. Another positive result was achieved in cargo and mail with a staggering 14.6% increase over the same month in 2011.

All the core markets registered increases during the month of August with Germany and France growing significantly by 14.7% and 14.6% respectively, whereas Spain and Italy recorded an increase of 6.2% and 5.7% respectively. Passenger movements from the U.K. were more or less the same with a 0.2% increase.

January – August 2012: The results for the first eight months of the year, in terms of passenger movements, therefore show an increase of 3.7% when compared to the same period last year, totalling 2,487,903 passenger movements. The increase of 2.8% in the average seat load factor was the main driver of this result, whilst the seat capacity and aircraft movements remained more or less unchanged; the former registering no change whereas the latter registering a 0.1% drop for the period January to August 2012. (Source:

Monday, September 3, 2012

Malta seeks Alouette replacement deal

Malta is interested in replacing its armed forces inventory of three Aerospatiale SA316 Alouette III helicopters, according to a contract solicitation released by the E.U. on Aug. 30th. The Maltese government hopes to acquire up to three new aircraft, which will be primarily required to perform border control missions, using money from the E.U.'s External Borders Fund (EBF) programme.

An initial deal to order one aircraft this year is outlined, with this to be "subject to availability of funds from the European Borders Fund programme 2012". An option for a second helicopter to be ordered in an identical configuration would also be contingent on securing EBF funds the following year, the notice says.

Valletta will also consider acquiring another identical aircraft from the same funding route in 2014, with its request noting: "bidders have to guarantee the supply of the third helicopter until the year 2015 with a justifiable and reasonable price escalation not exceeding 5%".

Potential suppliers are due to respond to the request by 30 October, with Malta also seeking associated training services and potentially an in-service support package for the new type. (Source: