Friday, July 10, 2015

VVB Aviation set to secure Maltese AOC

VVB Aviation is set to secure a Maltese Air Operators Certificate (AOC) as part of plans to enter the European ACMI/charter market. Earlier this week, Bruce Dickinson, the CEO of Cardiff Aviation which owns a 50% stake in VVB, met with Transport Malta officials to confirm final certification details for the airline.

“Transport Malta has played a crucial role in enabling VVB to take off in fixed-wing operations," he said. "With AOC details now confirmed and our first aircraft about to be deployed, Cardiff Aviation is now moving from maintenance and training to full aviation operations.”

VVB has already sourced a B737-400 which will commence ACMI operations upon receipt of its AOC. At least two more aircraft will be added before the end of the current quarter. (Source:, 10-Jul-2015)

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Maltese trainee pilot in emergency landing in Sicily

A trainee pilot with the European Pilot Academy had to perform an emergency landing in Vizzini, Sicily, this morning at around 0915lt. The pilot, who it is understood was on his solo flight, was not injured. The academy confirmed the incident but would not say what led to it. It said arrangements were being made for the pilot and the aircraft to be brought to Malta. It would not say what damage was suffered by the aircraft. (Source:, 8-Jul-2015)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Armed Forces of Malta to have a third AW-139 helo

The Armed Forces of Malta will soon have its third helicopter, as the government has signed a contract for a €14 million deal part of which will be financed by the European Union. The contract was signed last week, Home Affairs Minister C. Abela announced this morning during a passing out parade of 70 new AFM recruits. (Source:, 6-Jul-2015

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

SWISS launches flight operations to Malta IAP

Swiss International Airlines has launched flight operations between Zurich and Malta IAP today. The first scheduled flight, operated with an Airbus A320 (HB-IJB), landed at Malta IAP around 1430lt. The aircraft was welcomed by a celebratory water arch from Malta IAP's fire and rescue team. SWISS will be operating four weekly flights between Zurich and Malta IAP, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. (1-Jul-2015)