Wednesday, July 31, 2019

ASL Airlines B734 returns back to Malta IAP for technical reasons

An ASL Airlines Boeing 737-400(SF) (OE-IAD), operating cargo flight 3V-858 from Malta IAP to Tunis-Carthage IAP (Tunisia), had to return back to Malta IAP this evening for technical reasons.  The aircraft landed safely on RWY 13 at 2006lt, 67-mins after departing from same runway.  (Source: flightradar24.com, 31-Jul-2019)

Air Malta takes delivery of its second A320neo

Air Malta has taken delivery today at Airbus' Delivery Centre in Hamburg (Germany), of its second dry-leased Airbus A320-200 powered by the new engine option.

Registered 9H-NEB, the aircraft was delivered to Malta IAP this afternoon, landing at 1930lt as KM-002.  On its arrival in apron-8, the aircraft was welcomed by a celebratory water arch from Malta IAP's fire and rescue team.  (31-Jul-2019)


Malta Air to operate Ryanair's French, German, Italian bases

Ryanair has confirmed that its Maltese subsidiary Malta Air will take over its parent's bases in France, Germany, and Italy.  "This start-up will grow our Maltese operation from six to ten based aircraft over the next three years.  It will also operate all our French, German and Italian bases," the Irish carrier said in a quarterly earnings release.

CEO M. O'Leary added during an investor's call that the expectation is that "other E.U. airline failures and sales" will "accelerate" Malta Air's growth.  He underlined that following their transfer to Malta Air, all staff at the French, German, and Italian bases will be employed under local labour laws and tax codes.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Malta Air currently operates eleven B738s all of which have been transferred from its parent.  Malta Air will start taking over services from Malta IAP itself during the Winter 2019/20 season.  (Source: ch-aviation.com, 31-Jul-2019)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Aerotranscargo B744 freighter diverts to Malta IAP

An Aerotranscargo Boeing 747-400 (ER-JAI), operating flight ATG-4487 from Misrata (Libya) to Ostend (Belgium), had to divert to Malta IAP this evening after the crew reported a problem with the landing-gear doors, they couldn't retract after departing from Misrata.  The Boeing freighter landed safely on RWY 31 at Malta IAP at 1813lt, 52-mins after departing.  (20-Jul-2019)

Friday, July 19, 2019

Air Malta flight grounded in Munich due to technical fault

A number of Air Malta passengers have been left stranded in Munich, Germany this afternoon after their aircraft was grounded following a technical fault.

According to the airline's spokesperson, flight KM-307 from Munich to Malta IAP was grounded this afternoon for technical reasons, causing delays for passengers.

He stated that the aircraft in question is currently being leased by Air Malta (from Getjet Airlines) for the summer schedule and ahead of its new Airbus A320neo.  

The airline's engineers together with the operator did their utmost to service the aircraft and return it to normal operations as soon as possible to minimise delays and inconveniences to passengers.

The aircraft finally reached Malta IAP with a delay of six hours 18-mins on its original scheduled time. (Source: newsbook.com.mt & flightradar24.com, 19-Jul-2019)

Jet2.com extends London-Stansted – Malta service to year-round in winter 2019/20

British carrier Jet2.com in recent weeks adjusted London-Stansted – Malta route, where the airline plans to extend to year-round operation, instead of summer seasonal.  From 27-Oct-2019, the winter 2019/20 season sees the airline operates one weekly flight, on Saturdays) with Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

LS1519 STN 0600 – 1020 MLA
LS1520 MLA 1105 – 1335 STN

(Source: routesonline.com, 18-Jul-2019)

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Avion Express Malta applies for U.S. authorisation

Two months after Avion Express Malta, a subsidiary of Lithuania's Avion Express, completed its certification, the Maltese ACMI/charter start-up has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation for a Foreign Air Carrier Permit and an exemption authority.

The application states that, consistent with the rights available to carriers of parties to the E.U.-U.S. Open Skies Agreement, Avion Express Malta intends to operate charter flights ferrying passengers, cargo, and mail between any point or points behind any E.U. member state and any point or points in the United States and beyond, via any intermediate points.  Answers to the foreign air carrier permit application are due on or before July 24.

"Establishing a subsidiary company in Malta is a very important step for our company," Avion Express CEO D. Kajokas said in a statement in May.  "Malta is an FAA-approved country which gives us access to the U.S. market and opens a lot of opportunities to strengthen our leading position as a global ACMI provider on narrow-bodies."  (Source: ch-aviation.com, 10-Jul-2019)

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Over 3.2 million passengers passed through Malta IAP in first half of 2019

A busy first half of 2019 saw Malta Int'l Airport welcome over 3.2 million passengers.  The company announced its mid-year traffic results, which show an increase of 5.9% in passenger movements over the same stretch last year, earlier today during a press conference.

Addressing those present, Malta IAP CEO A. Borg noted that the airport's performance in the first half of the year confirms the company's confidence in its forecast of 7.2 million passenger movements expected by end of year.

While record passenger numbers were registered every month in 2019 so far, with a 10.5% increase in traffic, April was the fastest-growing month for this period.  This was followed by June, which registered an upturn of 8.8%.

Referring to the analyses published last week by Airports Council International in its Airport Industry Connectivity Report 2019, Mr Borg highlighted that Malta IAP’s connectivity doubled between 2009 and 2019, putting it in the lead in a group of 26 airports in the European Union.

"These solid results stem from Malta IAP's constant efforts, made together with government and our main tourism stakeholders, to make sure that the islands are served by the most convenient connections all year round.  The launch of three new routes this October, the extension of 17 routes from summer into the upcoming winter season, and increased flight frequencies on several routes, allow us to look ahead with confidence, whilst encouraging us to keep working on securing sustainable traffic,” said Mr Borg.  (Source: maltairport.com, 9-Jul-2019)

Friday, July 5, 2019

Maleth-Aero B733 returns to Malpansa due to an engine problem

A Maleth-Aero Boeing 737-300 (9H-ZAK), performing flight BV-2986 on behalf of Blue Panorama Airlines from Milan Malpensa to Lampedusa (Italy), was climbing out of Malpensa's runway 35R when the crew stopped the climb at FL190 due to an engine (CFM56) overheat indication, shut the engine down and returned to Malpensa for a safe landing on runway 35R about 25 minutes after departure.  (Source: avherald.com, 4-Jul-2019)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Air Malta launches weekly flight to Tbilisi

Air Malta has launched this morning a new weekly flight between Malta IAP and Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia.  The first scheduled charter flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEI), departed from Malta IAP at 0100lt (KM-4280) and the return flight to Malta landed at 0920lt (KM-4281).  Air Malta will be operating this service every Thursday up to 19-Sep-2019.  (4-Jul-2019)

Monday, July 1, 2019

Air Malta files injunction against pilots’ industrial action

Air Malta has filed for an injunction against the industrial action ordered by the pilots' union ALPA to delay all flights by half an hour.  The union is demanding that the Government gives them each pilot a guarantee of a €700,000 financial package if the airline stops operating.  It took the industrial action after the Government refused its demands.  Air Malta is claiming that the industrial action is illegal because it does not involve any pending issues by the pilots and claimed that all existing issues had been resolved.

Air Malta said that it would be quantifying the damages which it will suffer because of this illegal industrial action and would sue for damages.  In a statement the airline said that while it recognises the right to industrial action, this right has its limitations because the company cannot suffer the consequences of a lack of agreement between the Government and the union.  It added that ALPA also failed to honour the collective agreement before ordering the industrial action.

The company explained that on its part it is trying to find a compromise for all issues raised by ALPA over the interpretation of the collective agreement signed last year and even paid pilots a further allowance to train cadets.  It said that it did this to accommodate the pilots so that they would not have any reasons to disrupt the operations of the company at great inconvenience to clients and causing damage to Air Malta's reputation.  It explained that despite the agreement which was reached on Friday, ALPA still ordered industrial action because it expects the Government to guarantee €700,000 to each pilot.  (Source: tvm.com.mt, 1-Jul-2019)

Hi Fly A343 returns to Orlando due to hydraulic failure

A Hi Fly Airbus A340-300 (9H-SUN), performing flight DI-7058 on behalf of Norwegian Air from Orlando (USA) to London-Gatwick (U.K.), was en route at FL350 about 500-nm northeast of Orlando when the crew decided to return to Orlando due to a hydraulic failure.  The aircraft dumped fuel and landed safely back about 3-hrs 15-mins after departure.  (Source: avherald.com, 29-Jun-2019