Friday, November 20, 2020

Air Malta takes delivery of its fourth leased A320neo

Air Malta has taken delivery today at Airbus' Delivery Centre in Toulouse (France), of its fourth dry-leased Airbus A320-200 powered by the new engine option.  Registered 9H-NED, the aircraft was delivered to Malta IAP this afternoon, landing at 1735lt as KM-1310. (20-Nov-2020)

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Malta IAP clinches two awards at ACI Europe Awards 2020

Malta International Airport yesterday clinched two prestigious accolades at the 16th edition of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe Awards 2020.

During a virtual ceremony streamed from Brussels airport, ACI Europe announced the winning airports in categories recognising excellence and noteworthy achievements in relation to operations, human resources, environmental innovation, accessibility, and digital transformation.

Malta IAP beat stiff competition from shortlisted peers Porto Airport, Larnaka Airport, Aeroporti di Roma, Aeroporto di Bologna, and Aéroport Toulon Hyères in two different categories to scoop the Best Airport Award by size and the HR Excellence Award.

A panel of judges from several institutions and organisations, including the European Commission, SESAR JU and EUROCONTROL, commended Malta IAP’s work in creating a safe airport environment whilst being mindful of new passenger needs and passenger feedback.

The judging panel identified the setting up of a special Airport Care Team, the segregation of the terminal into zones, and the use of technology in ensuring social distancing is respected as the initiatives which distinguished Malta IAP from its peers, allowing it to secure the Best Airport Award.

A separate panel in the HR Excellence category praised Malta IAP’s communication with its employees, the company’s initiatives to safeguard the team’s physical and mental wellbeing, and the launch of e-training and recognition platforms allowing the team to continue learning and feeling engaged throughout the crisis.

(Source:, 18-Nov-2020)

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Armed Forces of Malta donates retired Bulldog aircraft to MCAST

An aircraft that for almost ten years has been used for the training of Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) pilots is now being made use of by Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) engineering students for their own research and training.  

The aircraft was donated by AFM to enable students to study basic aspects before joining the forces as apprentices or joining other companies in the aviation industry.

The Scottish Aviation Bulldog was originally donated by the U.K.'s Royal Air Force to the AFM in 2001 to be used for the training of pilots to acquire a military licence and coastal flight.  This aircraft was no longer used after 2009.  

Now it is in one of the MCAST facilities in Paola where aviation engineering studies take place.  

The Director for the Institute of Engineering and Transport at MCAST said the aircraft had to be dismantled and then mounted anew by AFM's technical staff.  He said the aircraft will provide various benefits and will help students familiarise themselves with aircraft so that when a student becomes an apprentice they will already have familiarity with their work.

(Source:, 18-Nov-2020)

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Malta IAP holds its 28th Annual General Meeting

Malta International Airport today held its 28th Annual General Meeting remotely, during which the company’s performance for the year ended 31-Dec 2019 as well as year-to-date traffic results were presented.

CEO A. Borg gave an in-depth presentation of the company's excellent performance in 2019.  Increases in revenue generated by the company's aviation and non-aviation segments drove net profit up by 11.9% to reach an all-time record of €33.9 million.  The growth registered by the aviation segment was largely driven by a 7.4% increase in passenger traffic.

Mr Borg proceeded to present Malta IAP's year-to-date traffic results after giving an understanding of the devastating impact of Covid-19 on European airports and passenger traffic in Europe.  In October, Malta IAP welcomed 110,346 passengers, bringing year-to-date traffic up to 1,661,700 passenger movements.  This translates into a drop of 73.8% compared to the same period last year.

During the Annual General Meeting, it was also revealed that the company's cost-cutting measures, including reductions in management and employee wages, together with contributions from the government Covid-19 wage scheme, had enabled the company to cut staff costs by 24.1% in the first three quarters of 2020.  Moreover, during the same period, the company lowered its operating costs by 38.4% through several initiatives, including a revised maintenance programme focusing solely on essential works.

Revenue for the period from January to September 2020 registered a drop of 67.7% over the same comparable period in 2019 to stand at €24.9 million.

In his concluding remarks, Mr Borg expressed his confidence that the company's financial resilience, built over the years, and the right team of employees equipped Malta IAP with enough strength to continue facing Covid-related challenges and eventually emerge from this crisis.

(Source:, 11-Nov-20)

Monday, November 9, 2020

Air Malta operates its first flight to Berlin Brandenburg airport

Air Malta on Sunday operated its first flight to Berlin Brandenburg 'Willy Brandt' airport, the newest airport of the city.  Named after former Chancellor Willy Brandt, the airport opened its facilities and started welcoming airlines and passengers last week.

The airport, situation in the south of the German capital in the state of Brandenburg, replaced Tegel and the airports of Tempelhof and Schönefeld.  

Berlin-Brandenburg provides connectivity with the city centre through regional trains which operate 30-minute voyages every quarter of an hour.

This winter, Air Malta is operating a two-weekly flights schedule every Wednesday and Sunday.

(Source:, 9-Nov-2020)

Sunday, November 8, 2020

BizAv Services Ltd. and Cockpit4U Aviation Service GmbH launch new approved aviation training programmes and courses

BizAv Services Ltd and Cockpit4U Aviation Service GmbH have launched new approved aviation training programmes and courses for pilots, cabin crew and aircraft operators in Malta.

Bizav Services managing director Cpt. P. Apap Bologna announced a training partnership with German approved training organisation Cockpit4U last month and is now introducing Level D full flight simulator training in Malta.

The EASA (aircraft meeting the safety requirements of the E.U.) training in Malta will initially be offered on Airbus 320 family aircraft, ranging from MCC and jet transition courses to type ratings and advanced type rating instructor courses.

Crew flight training on Bombardier Challenger, Boeing and other Airbus aircraft types are also offered through the BizAv Cockpit4U partnership at specialised crew training facilities in Berlin. 

Cockpit4U managing director Cpt. C. Diamantopoulos said he was impressed at the steady and solid pace of growth in the Maltese aviation sector, which is evidently the result of sound national aviation policy together with the right climate for private sector investment in Malta.

Cpt. Apap Bologna said that BizAv Services Ltd will continue to lead in the development of aviation training in Malta by offering a wide range of cost-effective quality training programme options for aircraft operators and crews. 

"We are working with the best professionals in the industry to deliver the highest standards in aviation training for our customers," he said.

(Source:, 8-Nov-2020)

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Hi Fly will phase out its A380 by end of this year

Hi Fly is planning the phase out of its Airbus A380 at the end of the lease term later this year, following almost three years of successful operations worldwide.

The decision to not extend the initial agreed lease period came as a consequence of the covid-19 pandemic, that drastically reduced the demand for very large aircraft.

Hi Fly belongs to the very exclusive club of only 15 airlines to ever operate the A380, the largest and most advanced aircraft of all times. This aircraft was a testimony to how far human being can go in developing something so extraordinary.

Above all, the iconic 9H-MIP “Save the Coral Reefs” was inspiring, and carried this responsible message to hundreds of millions of people in the four corners of the world.

The Airbus A380 will be replaced in the Hi Fly fleet by additional Airbus A330’s, a smaller and more adequate aircraft for current market conditions.

(Source:, 3-Nov-2020)