Saturday, June 30, 2018

Air Malta launches scheduled service between Malta and Tarbes-Lourdes

Air Malta has launched yesterday evening scheduled flights between Malta IAP and Tarbes-Lourdes (France).  Tarbes-Lourdes is the airline's fifth destination in France after Lyon, Marseille, Paris-CDG and Paris-Orly.  

The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEO), departed from Malta IAP at 1822lt (KM-4438) and the return flight to Malta returned at 2335lt (KM-4439).  Air Malta will be operating two weekly flights between the two airports, on Mondays and Fridays.  (30-Jun-2018)

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Simliner's Phantom 320 simulator inaugurated

A new centre which will provide professional training for aircraft pilots on a Phantom 320 simulator which replicates all manoeuvres carried out by pilots on the Airbus 320 has been iaugurated at Luqa. The Simliner Avion flight training centres company opened this centre through an investment in excess of seven million euro.

Simliner's Phantom 320 flight simulator includes a cabin fitted out just like in a proper aircraft, enabling professional training for pilots and also for students with an ambition to become pilots.  Take-off, landing and manoeuvering of the Airbus A320 are among simulations possible in the Phantom 320.  The simulator has facilities for pilots to be given landing and take-off experiences in 24,000 airports around the world, and in different weather conditions.  

During the inauguration by Prime Minister J. Muscat, Avion Group Chairman B. Slager said the Dutch company had opted for Malta because of the island's geographical position and because of the growth of the aviation industry in Malta. The company is aiming at bringing over pilots from other Mediterranean airlines who would have to undergo this training in order to renew their licences. (Source: tvm.com.mt, 27-Jun-2018)

Friday, June 22, 2018

Medavia Technics adds the ATR 42/72 base and line maintenance approval

In 2018 Medavia Technics invested heavily in its facility, tooling and equipment to continue supporting the fast-growing aircraft maintenance demand.  As of May 2018, Medavia Technics is now also able to offer base and line maintenance on the ATR-42 and ATR-72 aircraft series.  This complements an already wide range of regional turbo-prop aircraft approvals.

Medavia Technics is a one-stop-shop facility that includes Part-145 Maintenance, Part-21J Design and Part M CAMO approvals.  The aim is to provide superior aircraft turnaround times as costeffectively as possible.  Medavia Technics is well equipped with several in-house workshops that support the main aircraft maintenance activities.

Medavia Technics boasts of a 7,000 square meter facility supported by a highly skilled and motivated workforce.  Medavia Technics has a long experience and knowledge in the establishment and operation of Line Maintenance out-stations.  This service includes technical support in the field in both normal and AOG scenarios. (Source: Medavia, 21-Jun-2018)

BATS receives AMO certificate to work on ‘2-Reg’ aircraft

Just months after launching its operation in Malta, Bravo Aircraft Technical Services Ltd. (BATS) has been awarded the approved maintenance organisation (AMO) certificate to work on '2-Reg' aircraft.  The company, set up in Malta in April, received AMO validation for the Guernsey airline register.  In practice, this means that the company’s maintenance personnel may now formally sign for maintenance of '2-Reg' aircraft – '2-Reg' being the official aircraft register launched by Guernsey in 2013. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 20-Jun-2018)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Air Malta launches Malta-Kiev service

Air Malta has launched yesterday afternoon direct flights between Malta IAP and Kiev-Boryspil IAP (Ukraine).  The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEQ), departed from Malta IAP at 1629lt (KM-574).  After turnaround, the aircraft returned to Malta IAP at 2350lt (KM-575).  Air Malta will be operating one weekly flight between Malta and Kiev every Tuesdays.  (20-Jun-2018)

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Atlantic Airways launches seasonal flights between Vagar and Malta IAP

Atlantic Airways has launched today seasonal flights between Vagar (Faroe Islands) and Malta IAP.  The first flight, operated with Airbus A319-100 (OY-RCI) landed at Malta IAP at 1235lt (RC-494).  The return flight to Vagar departed from Malta IAP at 1337lt (RC-495).  Atlantic Airways is scheduling four other flights between Vagar and Malta IAP this summer: on 3-Jul, 17-Jul, 31-Jul and 14-Aug.  (19-Jun-2018)

Friday, June 15, 2018

Air Malta's 1st A320 NEO lands at Malta IAP

Air Malta's first Airbus A320-200 NEO (9H-NEO), on lease from lessor Avolon, has landed for the first time at Malta IAP this afternoon at 1220lt (as KM5808).  The aircraft was ferried by Air Malta crew from Shannon, Ireland, where Air Malta'a corporate livery, with the addition of Nickelodeon's cartoon characters to promote a Nickelodeon's Treasury Hunt in Malta in Apr-19, was being applied by International Aerospace Coatings.  (15-Jun-2018)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wizz Air launches new service Vienna-Malta

Wizz Air has this morning launched direct flights between Vienna (Austria) and Malta IAP.  The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (HA-LWM), landed at Malta IAP at 0808lt (W6-2819).  The aircraft departed after turnaround at 0908lt (W6-2820).  Wizz Air will be operating this new service three times weekly, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  (14-Jun-2018)

Friday, June 8, 2018

Air Malta aircraft hit by contractor’s catering truck

An Air Malta aircraft was this afternoon hit by a contractor's catering ground equipment vehicle at Malta IAP, the airline reports.

The aircraft is currently being inspected by the airline's engineers to determine the extent of the damage with a view to return the aircraft to normal operations as soon as possible.  This, the airline said, can have an impact on some flights. 

The airline said it gives utmost importance to the safety and well-being of its clients and crew and is doing its utmost to operate the flights with minimal disruptions, and apologises for any inconvenience caused by circumstances beyond its control. (Source: independent.com.mt, 8-Jun-2018)

Thursday, June 7, 2018

M.I.A plc releases traffic results for May18

May traffic through Malta Int'l Airport experienced a 17.3% spike, going on to surpass 600,000 passenger movements for the first time.  A total of 643,089 passengers were welcomed by the airport team during the month.  The busiest day was May 6th, with 25,112 passenger movements.  

The top market was the U.K with 169,781 passengers and the most popular airport was London-Gatwick with 39,742 passengers.  Aircraft movements at Malta IAP totaled 4,674 take-offs and landings.

Last month's growth in passenger numbers was driven by a 16.6% increase in aircraft movements and a 17% increase in seat capacity.  Despite this strong increase in seats available on flights to and from Malta IAP, at 80.6% the seat load factor (SLF) registered an increase of 0.1%.

The top contributors to May traffic were the U.K. (+21.3%), Italy (+15.3%), Germany (11.3%), France (+19.7%), and Spain (+59.8%). (Source: maltairport.com, 6-Jun-2018)

Air Malta is world's 9th-best airline according to AirHelp

Air Malta has been voted the ninth top airline worldwide by AirHelp in its Airline Worldwide Rankings for 2018.

AirHelp score compares each airline with three criteria to see how they perform against their competition. Statistics are provided on the quality of amenities, on-time arrivals, and how well the airlines resolve flight delay compensation claims.

Air Malta scored 8.6 for on time performance, 6.5 for quality of service and a 9.1 for claim processing, bringing its total to 8.09.

Top of the list was Qatar Airways, with an overall score of 9.08, followed by Lufthansa (8.57) and Etihad Airways (8.43).  The other airlines in the top 10 are Singapore Airlines (8.33), South African Airways (8.31), Austrian Airlines AG dba Austrian (8.29), Aegean Airlines (8.19), Qantas (8.12) and Virgin Atlantic (8.04). (Source: timesofmalta.com, 6-Jun-2018)

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Air Malta flight to Cagliari turns back because of a technical hitch

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEO), operating flight KM-186 from Malta IAP to Cagliari (Italy) this morning, had to return back after 15-mins for technical reasons.  

An Air Malta spokesman said that the crew reported an issue with the aircraft's weather radar.  

After the necessary repairs were carried out on the ground, the aircraft departed again as KM-186 to Cagliari reaching destination with a delay of 2-hrs 45-mins. (6-Jun-2018)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Air Malta takes delivery of 1st A320neo on lease

Air Malta has taken delivery today at Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse (France), of its first dry-leased Airbus A320-200 powered by the new engine option (NEO), through lessor Avolon.

With the registration 9H-NEO, the aircraft was ferried from Toulouse to Shannon (Ireland), as KM-992, for repaint at IAC in Air Malta's corporate livery.  The aircraft is then expected to fly to Malta next weeks. (5-Jun-2018) 

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Air Malta to fly to Hamburg and Leipzig as of winter

Air Malta will once again start flying to German cities Hamburg and Leipzig as of next winter, the airline announced on Sunday.  The revived routes are the result of a partnership with German tour operator FTI.
 
Malta's national airline will begin a once-a-week Wednesday service to and from the two metropolitan centres on Oct. 31st, resuming flights to cities it once served until it drastically cut its flight route network some years back.  
Once the two reintroduced routes are operational, Air Malta will be serving five German cities. 

"Over the years we have operated a number of charter flights to both German cities and we believe that with the support of FTI through seat commitments we can transform this route to an all year-round scheduled operation and we over time can grow frequency," said Air Malta chief commercial officer P. Sies. 

FTI's B. Bugeja welcomed Air Malta's decision to re-enter the Hamburg and Leipzig markets, saying that the decision to bring the routes "back to life" was the result of a strong partnership between FTI and the airline.  

KM-368 Malta 0700 - 1005 Hamburg
KM-369 Hamburg 1055 - 1355 Malta

KM-310 Malta 1755 - 2045 Leipzig
KM-311 Leipzig 2125 - 0055* Malta

(Source: timesofmalta.com, 3-Jun-2018)

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Air Malta announces flight disruptions this weekend

Due to operational restrictions, Air Malta announces the following flight disruptions between the 2nd and 3rd of June:

Saturday 2nd June
 - KM-116 Malta to London-Gatwick will operate regularly
 - KM-117 from London-Gatwick to Malta is cancelled.
Air Malta is trying its utmost to re-route affected passengers via London-Heathrow and London-Southend.

Sunday 3rd June

- KM-612 from Malta to Rome and KM-613 from Rome to Malta are cancelled.
- KM-662 from Malta to Palermo and KM-663 from Palermo to Malta are cancelled.

Alternative arrangements will be offered.  
Guests are kindly invited to get in touch with Air Malta via the call centre to update their flight reservation with alternative arrangements.  (Source: Air Malta, 1-Jun-2018)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Air Malta flight to Vienna cancelled after leased aircraft needed maintenance

Air Malta's flight to Vienna on Friday was cancelled after a leased aircraft needed urgent maintenance.  In an internal message seen by Times of Malta, the airline said the emergency at short notice left Air Malta without an aircraft.  Passengers were informed beforehand of the cancellation to the Austrian capital and alternative travel plans were made. 

"The team has been working very hard to replace the aircraft which seems difficult as we are not the only airline looking for capacity," Air Malta's commercial officer P. Sies said. He said the airline might be forced to make further adjustments to its network in the coming days.

"We do everything possible to prevent cancellations, but sometimes we have no choice.  The call centre has been staffed additionally and will be open the whole weekend... Soon we will have our own ten aircraft back in fleet."  (Source: timesofmalta.com, 1-Jun-2018)