Friday, September 30, 2016

Transavia to launch Munich-Malta service in summer 2017

Transavia, Air France-KLM's low-cost subsidiary, in summer 2017 season plans to offer flights on Munich-Malta route. The Munich-Malta-Munich will commence on Apr. 13th and will be offered twice weekly. (Source: routesonline.com, 29-Sep-2016)

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Ryanair to extend new winter routes to summer

The six new winter routes low cost airline Ryanair launched from Malta last April - to Brussels, Catania, Nuremberg, Toulouse, Valencia and Vilnius - will be retained year round, the airline said today. The new flights will be increasing the airline’s summer schedule by 20%, bringing the total number of routes to 42

The airline said it will operate the flights to Brussels and Catania daily, and to Nuremberg, Toulouse, Valencia and Vilnius twice weekly. It will also be increasing flight frequency to Dublin and East Midland and adding an aircraft to its Malta routes. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 27-Sep-2016)

Technical problem on Air Malta aircraft delays 7 flights

Seven Air Malta flights were delayed between one and five hours today due to a technical problem on an aircraft. The aircraft is currently being serviced by the airline's engineers.

A spokesman for the airline said the longest delay lasted five hours, impacting the flight to Rome (new departure time 1.30pm) The other delays were on the Birmingham route (two hours, 20 minutes, new departure time 8.30pm), Milan (two hours, new departure time 3.05pm), Cardiff (one hour, 40 minutes, new departure time 6.45pm), Vienna (one hour, 30 minutes, new departure time 5.50pm), Zurich (one hour, 15 minutes, new departure time 3.40pm) and Catania, (one hour, 10 minutes, new departure time 9.45pm).

Four of the flights had to be operated by the aircraft that was found to have a problem, the other delays were a result of a ripple effect. The problem was detected at around 5am when the aircraft was still in Malta.

A spokesman for the airline apologised to customers for the inconvenience but said safety was a priority for the company. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 27-Sep-2016)

Air X Charter adds maiden VIP-configured A340

Malta's Air X Charter has taken delivery of its first widebody aircraft, A340-300 9H-BIG (cn. 374), formerly 4R-ADF with SriLankan Airlines. The quadjet recently underwent reconfiguration into a VIP layout featuring 100 lie-flat seats and inflight Wi-fi. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 26-Sep-2016)

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Lufthansa Technik Malta, easyJet sign base maintenance contract

Lufthansa Technik Malta and easyJet have signed a five-year base maintenance contract for more than 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft.

easyJet director of engineering I. Davies said, "Based on our experience with Lufthansa Technik in Berlin, Brussels (Belgium), Budapest (Hungary), Milan (Italy) and Sofia (Bulgaria) and the cooperation we recently started at the Gatwick airport, we are convinced of the quality of the base maintenance services we can expect from Lufthansa Technik Malta."

Lufthansa Technik Malta CEO M. Motschenbacher called the contract "of major importance for the facility (in Malta), where more than 100 employees will work directly or indirectly for easyJet aircraft. It will allow us to increase the workforce by at least 50 new colleagues."

The Lufthansa subsidiary said this is an important contract for the entire network with work to be performed in both Lufthansa Technik Sofia and Malta facilities. (Source: atwonline.com, 7-Sep-2016) 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for August 2016

August’s unparalleled passenger movements – 598,515 – have topped all traffic records previously established by the Malta IAP. This figure translates into a growth of 2.3% over last year, indicating that the airport was bustling with an average of 19,300 passengers a day.

August's numbers can be attributed to an increase in seat capacity, together with a high seat load factor (SLF) of 88.8%, which indicates that airlines were also more efficient in filling up the seats available, as more tourists chose to fly to Malta for their August break.

A glance at the airport's top five markets shows that, last month, the majority of tourists who flocked to the Maltese islands came from the U.K., Italy, Germany, France, and Spain, with the latter featuring as the fifth top driver of traffic to Malta for the second, consecutive month.

Healthy growth rates of 3.6% and 4.1% ensured that the U.K. and Italy respectively, retained their position as Malta IAP's top drivers of passenger traffic. Both these markets presently enjoy an enhanced network to Malta, following added flights on a number of routes such as Edinburgh and Catania and a new popular route to Palermo.

The markets recording the most significant growth, on the other hand, were Poland and Spain. Poland grew by 47% over last year after the introduction of Gdansk and PoznaƄ brought Polish routes up to five. On the other hand, Spain recorded a 14.7% growth over 2015 due to a new connection from Madrid and increased capacity to Gerona.

Cargo and mail registered a decrease of 3.20% over the same month last year. (Source: maltaiport.com, 6-Sep-2016)

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Malta's AirX to begin freight operations with B737(F)s

AirX Charter is entering the cargo market airline chairman J. Matthews has announced. The Malta-based passenger charter specialist has already acquired three B737-300(F)s, the first of which, M-MOVE (msn 23708), is undergoing repainting before beginning operations during the last quarter of the year. 

Matthews says the plan is to offer two aircraft to the charter market with a third to be used for ad-hoc charters and back-up to support the fleet at 
Bournemouth. 

"I aim to have the aircraft approved on the AOC around about the third/fourth week of October, when the first aircraft will enter service. The second will be online approximately in the second week of November," he said in a statement. 

Overall, AirX expects to acquire a further two B737 freighters next year bringing its overall compliment to five by year-end. Widebody aircraft are also under consideration, Matthews added.

Some of the aircraft will also be placed on the AOC of its newest acquisition, 
Elite Air (USA) (renamed AirX America), for use in the US cargo market. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 4-Sep-2016)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ukrainian AF confirms participation at 2016 Malta International Airshow

For the first time ever in the history of the Malta International Airshow the Ukrainian Air Force confirms its participation with a flying display of one of its frontline jets, the Sukhoi Su-27 'Flanker'. 

An Ilyushin Il-76 transport aircraft that will also be part of the static display making the aircraft the first ever Il-76 to participate and also the largest transport aircraft to ever participate in the static display will support the flanker’s display in Malta. (Source: maltairshow.com, 3-Sep-2016)