Thursday, July 24, 2014

ATAC L-39 on static display at the 2014 Malta International Airshow

The Team on the Malta International Airshow 2014 is proud to confirm yet another participant with non-standard attributes. An L-39ZA from U.S. commercial company ATAC has agreed to provide one jet for static display. The nicely-camouflaged L-39 is mainly used for supporting air forces in various roles and ATAC is currently also operating in Germany supporting US Forces in Europe.

ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) comprises the world's largest out-sourced civilian, tactical airborne training organization and is proud to provide the highest-quality live training to fleets, squadrons and battalions that put their lives on the line every day in the name of freedom.

The L-39 Albatros is a widely flown trainer/light attack aircraft similar in mission to the Italian MB339. Until now is in service with various former Soviet allies. The basic trainer is not armed, but has two underwing pylons for drop tanks and practice weapons. Light-attack variants have four underwing hardpoints for ground attack stores; the ZA also has an underfuselage gun pod. (Source:, 24-Jul-2014)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Air Malta and Etihad Airways expand code-share partnership

Air Malta and Etihad Airways have expanded their code-share agreement to provide travellers with improved connections between Europe, the GCC region and Australia. 

The two airlines extended their partnership to coincide with the launch of Etihad Airways’ service between Abu Dhabi and Rome this week. Air Malta is placing its ‘KM’ code and flight number on the new route, while Etihad Airways is placing its ‘EY’ code and flight number of Air Malta’s non-stop service between Rome and Malta.

In addition, Air Malta’s code and flight number will be placed on Etihad Airways’ services from Abu Dhabi to Australia for the first time, covering the UAE carrier’s existing flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, as well as Perth, which also launched this week.

The expanded agreement follows the success of Air Malta’s existing code-share on Etihad Airways’ flights between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, Brussels and Manchester. (Source: Etihad Airways, 17-Jul-2014)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Medavia's Dash 8 9H-AEY damaged in Tripoli airport

A Maltese-registered Dash 8 belonging to the Maltese-Libyan airline Medavia was damaged during the fighting in Tripoli airport. The aircraft was hit late yesterday. The damaged, to the fuselage, is still being assessed. Several other aircraft were damaged by bullets and shrapnel. The airport is currently closed. (Source:, 15-Jul-2014)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Air Malta flights to Tripoli to remain suspended

Air Malta said today that Tripoli airport is expected to remain closed for a number of days because of security concerns and its service to the Libyan capital will therefore remain suspended. The airline said it would resume services when it is safe and secure to do so. Customers booked onflights to Tripoli are being offered a full refund of their tickets or the possibility to change their date of departure for free. Air Malta’s flights to Benghazi are also suspended following the closure of the airport in May. (Source:, 14-Jul-2014)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hi Fly Malta gets U.S. carrier permit

Malta-based Hi Fly Malta has been granted a U.S. Foreign Carrier Permit from the U.S. Department of Transportation, enabling it to operate passenger flights between Europe and the United States. Hi Fly Malta, which focuses on charters and wet lease of aircraft recently returned its only aircraft, a leased A340-500, but plans to acquire two Airbus A333-200s. (Source:, 8-Jul-2014)

Friday, July 4, 2014

RAF confirms participation in the static display at 2014 Malta International Airshow

The Royal Air Force, having already confirmed its participation by way of the Red Arrows (Sunday only) and the Tucano in the flying display programme, has informed us that for static display there will be an additional Tucano from RAF Linton-on-Ouse, a Beech 200 King Air from RAF Cranwell, two Hawk T.1s from RAF Valley and at least two Tornado GR4s from RAF Lossiemouth, in Scotland.

The RAF is the only air force that has consistently participated with foreign-based aircraft all through the 22 years of the Malta International Airshow, for which the Malta Aviation Society is very grateful and is yet one more way of displaying the long-standing relationship between Malta and the Royal Air Force. (Source:, 4-Jul-2014)

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for Jan-to-Jun 2014

Malta International Airport has already welcomed over 1.8 million passengers from January to date. The increase registered was of 7.7%, when compared to the same period last year. Positive results were registered in all source markets, with France registering the highest growth of 17.9%. The United Kingdom remains the largest market, maintaining first position with a growth of 6.7%.  

Significant growth was also registered by the Italian market were improved results on existing routes and traffic on new routes Parma and Venice contributed further to this growth.  Libya also showed signs of recovery during this period securing fifth place. Overall Seat Load Factor for the first six months of the year was increased by 0.5%, reaching an average of 75.6%.
In June, the number of passengers increased by 3% in comparison to the same month in the previous year. Seat Load Factor in June was slightly lower, by 0.8%. Seat Capacity increased by 4.1%. Aircraft movements increased by 5.3%. 

Meanwhile in June, the United Kingdom continued to lead as the biggest market, increasing its passengers by 3.7%. The highest growth for the month was registered by France at 19.4%, standing at the fourth biggest market. This was a direct result of an increase in traffic from Paris airports, together with the growth generated from the recently introduced route to the western French city of Nantes. 

Similar to the previous month, The Netherlands remained in the same position, registering an increase of 6%. Whilst the German market generated substantial increases from routes such as Frankfurt, the overall decline from this market is directly related to the fact that the Cruise and Fly operation started later. For the period under review, Cargo and Mail registered a positive increase of 3.6%. (Source:, 3-Jul-2014)