Saturday, November 23, 2019

Avion Express Malta lands Canadian FAOC

Avion Express Malta has received FAOC (Foreign Air Carrier Certificate) from Transport Canada, issued by the Minister of Transport.  The airline, a subsidiary airline of Avion Express, has started its operations in May.

Acquiring a FAOC becomes a significant milestone for the Malta-based company, the company says, as the certificate serves as a prerequisite to air operators seeking to conduct an air transport service to and from Canada.

D. Kajokas, CEO of Avion Express and Avion Express Malta, said: "Obtaining the permit to operate in the Canadian market is another important step in our consistent business development plan.  We've been exploring the market and discussing cooperation opportunities with Canadian airlines for Avion Express Malta for a while now, and we are happy to complete another strategic move forward."

Operations in Canada under a wet-lease agreement require lessor to hold a Canadian foreign air operator certificate.  (Source:, 22-Nov-2019)

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Medavia joins De Havilland Canada's network of authorized service facilities supporting Dash 8 series aircraft

De Havilland Canada announced today that it has enhanced support for operators of Dash 8 Series aircraft by entering into an agreement with Mediterranean Aviation Company Ltd. (Medavia), whereby Medavia will become a De Havilland Canada Authorized Service Facility (ASF).  Under the ASF agreement, which takes effect immediately, Medavia will offer heavy check maintenance services from its facilities located in Malta.

"As the fleet of commercial aircraft continues to grow in the Middle East and Africa, we are pleased to be working with De Havilland Canada to extend our MRO activities to cover the Dash 8 Series turboprops," said Mohamed Dau, Managing Director, Medavia.  "Dash 8 turboprops have proven to be rugged and reliable aircraft and perform admirably at the most challenging airports in the Middle East and Africa, so we look forward to adding them to our maintenance portfolio and increasing our support to operators in the region.”

"As a seasoned MRO provider, Medavia is ideally positioned to offer maintenance services to the increasing number of operators in Africa and the Middle East from its strategic position in Malta," said T. Young, Chief Operating Officer, De Havilland Canada.  "The company’s experience supporting the oil and gas industry and operating at remote airfields provides the first-hand knowledge that will be of great benefit to our operators.  We are very excited to welcome Medavia to our network of ASFs.  (Source: De Havilland Canada, 19-Nov-2019)

Malta enhances airspace communication with Frequentis Comsoft

Malta Air Traffic Services Ltd. (MATS) has successfully installed the aeronautical message handling (AMHS) switch from Frequentis Comsoft.  The solution replaces its previous fixed terminal network messages (AFTN) system, increasing its communication capability and fully supporting the ICAO basic and extended AMHS service profiles.

"For MATS, our vision is to be recognised as one of the most respected ANSPs in the Euro-Mediterranean region.  This means providing safe, reliable and on time services for our customers.  I would like to express my appreciation and satisfaction for the newly installed Frequentis Comsoft AMHS system and the excellent and professional project delivery, which met, and at times exceeded, our expectations.  The system has proved to be a very reliable and stable platform, which bodes well for its entry into service later this year.", stated L. Zammit, MATS Senior Head Technical Services (PM AMHS).  (Source:, 18-Nov-2019)

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

AirX Charter eyes ACMI market with second A340

Malta's AirX Charter is planning to add a second A340 quadjet and to enter the ACMI market with the unit, Chairman J. Matthews told the Corporate Jet Investor.

Short of disclosing the identity or the precise timeline for the aircraft delivery, Matthews said that he would like to add the A340 "within a couple of months".  The aircraft will be equipped with a high-density cabin and will be proferred both to the ACMI market and for charter flights, for example with groups of sports fans.

The Maltese business charter specialist already operates a single A343, 9H-BIG (msn 374). The 19-year-old unit is equipped with up to 100 seats in a VIP configuration.

AirX Charter also wants to add a further two Embraer Lineage 1000 business jets, becoming the world's largest operator of the type.

"We are executing a planned expansion at the moment with several Lineages arriving.  We don’t have ETOPS approval yet, however as soon approval is given, we can start targeting the transatlantic market.  We are now moving into true intercontinental jets with the Lineage expansion," Matthews said.  (Source:, 11-Nov-2019)

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Malta IAP releases traffic results up to Oct-19

Malta Int'l Airport welcomed more than 6.3 million passengers between January and October 2019.  This figure translates into an increase of 6.7% over the same comparable period last year, indicating that the airport is on course to close 2019 with a new traffic milestone of more than seven million passenger movements.

The first 10 months of the year all performed well and posted growth, with the summer season – stretching from April until October for the aviation industry – registering an increase of 7.7% in passenger movements at Malta IAP.  In parallel with this increase in passenger numbers, aircraft movements and seat capacity grew by 5.6% and 6.8%, respectively.

The top markets for the season were the U.K. (+3.3%), Italy (+3.7%), Germany (+17.3%), France (+8.4%) and Spain (+9.3%).  Malta IAP's connections with these already popular markets were further strengthened in summer with the introduction of new routes, such as Exeter, Cardiff, Verona and Perugia, and better flight frequencies on existing routes.

The summer season was brought to a close by October, which recorded an 8.8% increase over the same month last year and went on to surpass the 700,000-passenger mark for the first time. The last days of the month saw Malta IAP launch its new winter schedule and welcome the first flights from Paphos, Trieste, and Santiago de Compostela.  (Source:, 8-Oct-2019)

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Light aircraft veers off the runway on landing at Malta IAP

A Reims-Cessna F172M Skyhawk light aircraft, with registration 9H-AEX and belonging to the Malta School of Flying, swerved off onto the grass upon landing RWY 31 at Malta IAP.  The incident occurred this morning around 0845lt.  None of the two persons on board was injured.  The airport's fire and rescue services were quick on the scene to render immediate assistance.  No flights were effected since operations were quickly shifted onto the secondary runway 23/05.  (3-Nov-2019)