Tuesday, August 13, 2013

European Pilot Academy light aircraft crash lands in a field in Sicily

A Tecnam P92-JS (9H-EPA) light aircraft owned by Maltese company European Pilot Academy and used for pilot training crash-landed in Catania late this morning after developing a fault. According to preliminary reports, the plane landed in a field close to an airstrip. No one was injured.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Turkish Airlines B739 diverts to Malta IAP due to medical emergency

A Turkish Airlines Boeing B737-900ER (TC-JYA), performing flight TK-597 from Istantbul-Ataturk IAP (Turkey) to Niamey-Diori Hamani Int'l (Niger), had to divert to Malta International Airport this evening around 1905 due to a medical emergency on board. The aircraft continued with its flight to Niamey after 2 hours on the ground. (13-Aug-2013)

Monday, August 5, 2013

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for July 2013

Following the 9.2% growth reported for the first half of 2013, passenger movements at Malta IAP in July increased by 5.8% reaching a record number of 471,210 passengers.

In July, aircraft movements and seat capacity increased by 7.7% and 9.0% respectively over the corresponding period last year, whilst the average seat load factor decreased by 2.5% to 82.6%. The maximum take-off weight increased by 7.8% on that registered in July last year, whilst cargo and mail reduced by 4.2%.

All the core markets, registered increases during the month of July with Italy, Spain and Germany showing an increase of 15.5%, 5.1% and 3.2% respectively. The largest market, the U.K., recorded a slight increase 0.5% and the French market increased by 0.3%. 

January - July 2013: The results for the first seven months of the year, in terms of passenger movements therefore show an increase of 8.4% when compared to the same period last year, totalling 2.2million passenger movements. This overall increase in the first seven months was mainly due to the increase in seat capacity. (Source: maltairport.com, 5-Aug-2013)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Finnair signs heavy maintenance contract with SR Technics in Malta

SR Technics has signed a contract with Finnair for the provision of heavy maintenance visits (D-checks), including paint works, on two of the airline’s Airbus A320s. The work will be completed at SR Technics Center of Excellence for narrowbody aircraft maintenance in Malta, and the first aircraft has already been inducted. The contract follows the signing of a cornerstone ten year contract with Finnair in July 2012 for CFM56 engine maintenance, and integrated component services (ICS) support for its Airbus and Embraer fleet. (Source: avitrader.com, 2-Aug-2013)