Tuesday, August 15, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-CAM - Avions Pierre Robin HR 100-210 (c/n. 170), registered to 'Private'
  • 9H-CBB - Cessna 340A (c/n. 340A-0441), registered to Piltz Praezisionswerkzeuge GmbH & Co., Germany
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 14-Aug-2017)

Monday, August 14, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her fifth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Aug. 16th. (14-Aug-2017)

Friday, August 11, 2017

Saudi Hawks display team for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Malta Aviation Society proudly announces that the Saudi Hawks, from the Royal Saudi Air Force, will be participating in the 25th edition of the Malta International Airshow being held between the 23rd and the 24th of September 2017.

The Saudi Hawks display team will be showing off their skills during the aerial display of the Airshow, while the general public will have the unique opportunity to meet the pilots at the Airshow Grounds in Luqa. This will be the first time that this team will be participating in the local Airshow.

Painted in an eye catching green and white livery inspired by the Saudi national flag, the team was established in 1998 and is based at King Faisal Air Base in Tabuk city.  The team flies with specially modified BAE Hawk Mk65 aircraft fitted with smoke generators.

During the show, the team will show off its most iconic manoeuvre known as The Logo, for which they hold the Guinness World Record for the largest sky drawing for their logo. During this complex manoeuvre, all aircraft will paint the nations national emblem in the sky, a palm tree with crossed swords representing prosperity and justice.

Following The Turkish Stars and the Swiss PC-7 Team, The Saudi Hawks are the third aerobatic team to be confirmed for the 25th edition of Malta International Airshow which will feature over 40 different aircraft participating in the static and flying display. The participation list so far features seven countries. (Source: maltairshow.com, 11-Aug-2017)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Aegean to increase the Athens-Malta service to five times weekly as from June 2018

Aegean Airlines in recent schedule update adjusted planned European service increase in summer 2018, based on comparison of peak summer season in 2018 vs 2017. The Athens-Malta-Athens service will increase from the current four to five flights per week as from Jun. 27th, 2018. All flights will be operated with Dash 8-Q400s, instead of the current Dash 8s/A320s combination. (Source: routesonline.com, 8-Aug-2017)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

M.I.A. plc releases traffic results for July 2017

Summer is in full swing at Malta International Airport, with the number of travellers passing through the terminal in July increasing by more than 90,000 passenger movements. This translates into an upturn of 15.5% over the same month last year. July's 675,111 passenger movements exceeded the airport's previous passenger traffic record, held by August 2016, by 12%.

As noted also in previous months, July's thriving numbers resulted from an increase in aircraft movements. These grew by 13.6% to reach an all-time record of 4,562 take-offs and landings by the end of July. In parallel with this growth, seat capacity registered an increase of 16.5%. Despite a slight drop of 1.3%, last month's seat load factor still stood at a healthy 86.7%.

The top five drivers of traffic to Malta IAP remained unchanged from June, with the United Kingdom topping the list followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. These markets recorded varying levels of growth, and cumulatively were responsible for a leap of around 53,000 passenger movements when compared to July 2016.

Passenger numbers from these markets flourished as a result of enhanced capacity and flight frequencies on routes such as Glasgow, Bari, Frankfurt, Lyon, and Madrid, as well as the launch of new routes including Bordeaux and Valencia.

July's traffic brought the total number of travellers welcomed at Malta IAP in the first seven months of the year up to around 3.3 million. Towards the end of the month, the airport published its mid-yearly forecast, whereby it announced that it is expecting circa 5.8 million passengers to go through the terminal by the end of the year. (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Aug-2017)

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-YUM - Dassault Falcon 900DX (c/n. 610), registered to TAG Aviation Malta Ltd. (ex OD-MIK)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-LDV - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5756), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd. (rrg N60TK)
(Source: Transport Malta, 7-Aug-2017)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Air Malta A320 grounded at Paris-Orly

An Air Malta aircraft (A320, 9H-AEI) is stranded in Paris, which is expected to delay a number of flights today. Air Malta confirmed that passengers scheduled to travel on the Orly flight were given complimentary accommodation for the night and refreshments.

The airline said that the aircraft meant to operate flight KM467 from Paris-Orly to Malta on Friday was grounded for technical reasons and that a group of Air Malta engineers is travelling to Paris to inspect and fix the aircraft.

A number of flights today, including KM116/7 to/from London-Gatwick and KM102/3 to/from London-Heathrow, will be delayed. Affected passengers today will be offered assistance that includes snacks, depending on the extent of the delay. They will be given compensation in line with statutory requirements.

The airline apologised for any inconvenience caused by circumstances beyond
its control. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 5-Aug-2017)

Friday, August 4, 2017

Four RAF Hawk trainers for 2015 Malta Int'l Airshow

The U.K.'s Royal Air Force (RAF) committed further support for the 25th edition of the Malta International Airshow. This time four further aircraft will be added to the static display line-up.

For the first time ever during the event, we will be able to see closely RAF Hawk T.2 aircraft coming from IV(R) Squadron from RAF Valley, while 100 Squadron at RAF Leeming will support the event with two Hawk T.1s.

The Hawk T.1 is used primarily in the advanced flying-training role, it is equipped to an operational standard and is capable of undertaking a war role.

The Hawk T2 is a fully aerobatic, low wing, transonic, two-seat trainer with mission avionics that are representative of front-line aircraft. It is used to train pilots for Tornado GR4, Typhoon and F-35 Lightning II.

The Malta Aviation Society organisers of the Malta International Airshow are delighted for the further commitment by the Royal Air Force. (Source: maltairshow.com, 4-Aug-2017)

Thursday, August 3, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-ELI - Cessna 750 Citation X (c/n. 750-0115), registered to Luxwing Ltd. (ex ES-ELI).
  • 9H-GIO - Cessna 525 CitationJet (c/n. 525-0121), registered to TRTO Agency Ltd. (ex D-ICSS).
  • 9H-MJD - Canadair Challenger 601 (c/n. 3031), registered to Air CM Global Ltd. (ex 9H-IJK).
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-IJK - Canadair Challenger 601 (c/n. 3031), registered to Air CM Global Ltd. (rrg 9H-MJD)
(Source: Transport Malta, 1-Aug-2017)

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Air Malta carriers record 12,000 passengers in two days

Over 12,000 passengers traveled on Air Malta aircraft last weekend in what the airline described as a record 48 hours performance for recent years. On Saturday and Sunday the airline operated over 80 flights achieving an average seat load factor of 93%.

P. Sies, Chief Commercial Officer at Air Malta commented; "This was a great achievement by all our staff and especially those in commercial and operations. It was our best weekend over the last two years surpassing even mid-August figures which are usually the airline’s best performing period. 

"This performance was even more significant particularly when we note that it surpassed our performance two years ago when we operated with two more aircraft and there is more competition from other airlines on our more popular routes.

"Last weekend some of our flights including those to/from Switzerland and Russia ran with over 95% load factors. This is good news for the airline and we believe we can surpass this figure in the coming weekends." (Source: timesofmalta.com, 2-Aug-2017)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

easyjet to add weekly flight on Manchester-Malta route

easyjet will be adding a weekly flight to its route between Manchester (U.K.) and Malta as of this coming winter. Flights will operate four times a week in winter and daily in summer as of Nov. 7th, the airline said.

Tourism Minister K. Mizzi said the additional flight confirmed the government's commitment to increase the frequency of existing flight destinations. Malta IAP CEO A. Borg said this development was in line with the airport's endeavours to secure better capacity and connectivity in winter. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 1-Aug-2017)

Italian Navy ITS Palinuro calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy sail training ship ITS Palinuro (A 5311) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. The port visit in Valletta marks the commencement of the 53rd training campaign in favor of the Chief Petty Officers (CPO) cadets, coming from the Italian Navy CPO school located in Taranto.

The Italian training ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf. The public will be able to visit the ship on Aug. 1st from 1600 to 1900; Aug. 2nd from 1000 to 1200 and from 1600 to 1800; Aug. 3rd from 1000 to 1200 and 1600 to 1900; and on Aug. 4th from 1600 to 1900.

ITS Palinuro is scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Aug. 5th. (1-Aug-2017)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Hellenic Navy HS Prometheus calls at Valletta Port

The Hellenic Navy replenishment ship HS Prometheus (A 374) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Hellenic auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Aug. 1st. (29-Jul-2017)

HeliFly to launch transport service between Malta and Gozo by helicopter

In the first week of August, HeliFly Limited will launch a transport service between Malta and Gozo by helicopter. But not only – during this summer, there will also be a helicopter transport service for tourists visiting the three islands.

The innovative service has been conceived by Italian lawyer E. Blasio, CEO of HeliFly. "There are four activities that HeliFly will hold in Malta. These include Malta to Gozo transport, touristic tours around Malta, Gozo and Comino, trips to and from Sicily such as Taormina, Panarea and North Africa, and a flight training school,” Dr Blasio said.

HeliFly will operate in Malta in partnership with two business groups: Eurotech-Ariane, one of the most important Italian and international companies specialising in aerial works, and the Maltese Falcon Alliance and European Pilot Academy. With these two partnerships, HeliFly will provide the first helicopter training school in Malta.

HeliFly will work with different types of helicopters, including a Robinson R22 and Agusta A109. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 28-Jul-2017)

Friday, July 28, 2017

Three Polish military aircraft for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Polish Air Force (Siły Powietrzne) and Polish Naval Air Arm (Marynarka Wojenna RP) will be once again supporting the Malta International Airshow this year.

The Polish AF will be sending two assets for the static display line up. For the first time ever we shall be hosting an F-16 Fighting Falcon Block 52. Supporting the F-16 visit we shall also have a C-295M transport aircraft. 

The M-28B Bryza from the Polish Navy will again visit our island and increase the line up for the static display.

The three aircraft will fly high the Polish flag which in the last year's has become a firm participant during our airshow. (Source: maltairshow.com, 28-Jul-2017)

M.I.A. plc releases half-yearly results, revises projections for 2017

Malta Int'l Airport's revised projections indicate that circa 5.8 million passengers are expected to pass through the terminal by the end of the year, establishing a new traffic record for the airport. In the first half of the year, Malta IAP had already registered 2,639,712 passenger movements, amounting to an increase of 20% over the same period in 2016.

This solid six-month performance encouraged the company to revise its original forecast announced in January, while taking into account the growth rate reached so far, traffic developments for the winter season, and trends observed in the aviation industry.

CEO A. Borg presented this forecast at a press conference, noting that while passenger numbers have recently been experiencing an increase across all months, Malta International Airport will be persisting in its efforts to ascertain that the upcoming winter season maintains the momentum gained thus far.

Detailed traffic results for the first half of 2017 revealed that June was the third consecutive month to register over half a million passenger movements. The growth experienced in the first six months was bolstered by an upturn of 15% in aircraft movements and 19% in seat capacity.

Despite the increase in seat capacity, with over 3 million seats available on flights operated to Malta IAP in the first six months, a healthy seat load factor was maintained, which stood at 80.7%.

Looking ahead, important developments for winter 2017-18 include the introduction of four new winter routes operated by Ryanair and EasyJet, and the extension of a number of routes from summer into winter by Air Malta, Wizz Air and Aegean Airlines. In addition to this, increased flight frequencies during the upcoming season will also be offered by SAS, Lufthansa, Vueling, and Jet2.

By the end of the year, the airport will have invested EUR16 million in its infrastructure, with the heftiest injection being in the terminal reconfiguration project. Completed project milestones include the opening of a new La Valette lounge, a re-conceived observation deck, and the security screening area relocation. Upon conclusion of the project’s first phase, the terminal will also be furnished with eight additional check-in desks and a new baggage handling system. (Source: maltairport.com, 27-Jul-2017)

Jet2 announces new route to Malta from London-Stansted

Leisure airline Jet2.com has added further to its Stansted schedule for summer 2018, with three new routes and extra flights to nine other destinations. Jet2.com and is sister package holiday company Jet2holidays will now also fly to Malta, Naples (Italy) and Nice (France) next summer, bringing its total number of destinations from Stansted for the season to 33. (Source: ipswichstar.co.uk, 27-Jul-2017)

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Turkish Navy TCG Bayraktar calls at Valletta Port

The Turkish Navy Bayraktar-class landing ship TCG Bayraktar (L 402) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit.

The Turkish landing ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jul. 26th. (23-Jul-2017)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Air Malta to add another plane to its fleet next summer

Air Malta is to add a plane to its current fleet of eight aircraft as of next summer, with the airline saying the addition will give it more flexibility to service popular routes and add new ones. The decision to grow its fleet of aircraft was sanctioned by the company's board of directors earlier this week, on the recommendation of the carrier's management. 

In a statement, the company said that the decision was in line with its growth strategy and would allow Air Malta to boost its seat capacity and fuel growth in passenger numbers. The national airline's commercial team is currently carrying out market research into potential destinations Air Malta can expand into.

The airline currently carries an estimated 1.6 million passengers every year. It has been hobbled by financial difficulties, despite an E.U.-sanctioned bailout some years back. Tourism Minister K. Mizzi has said that his main focus will be on turning the airline's fortunes around and ensuring it can stand on its own two feet. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 22-Jul-2017)

Italian Navy ITS Carlo Margottini calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy Bergamini-class frigate ITS Carlo Margottini (F 592) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has on board an NHIndustries NH-90 helicopter, serial MM81598.

The Italian frigate is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Jul. 25th (22-Jul-2017)

Irish Naval Service LE William Butler Yates calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Samuel Beckett-class offshore-patrol vessel LE William Butler Yates (P 63) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port this evening. (22-Jul-2017)

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: none


Cancellation/s: 
  •  9H-VVB - Boeing B737-400 (c/n. 24901/1854), registered to Aerotron (Ireland) Ltd., Ireland (rrg SX-MAI)
(Source: Transport Malta, 21-Jul-2017)

Friday, July 21, 2017

Swiss AF's PC-7 Team for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

Our friends, the Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team will be in Malta once again to give us there great displays. Switzerland will be the fifth country participating in this year's Malta International Airshow, also bringing the number of display teams to two after Turkish AF's Turkish Stars where confirmed some weeks ago.

The PC-7 is a two-seater turboprop trainer aircraft manufactured by Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. in Stans, Switzerland. The Swiss AF procured their PC-7s in 1983. After 25 years in operation, the aircraft were completely modernised in 2008. A state-of-the-art glass cockpit, GPS and autopilot were fitted, developing the PC-7 into a modern training platform for the future pilots of the Swiss AF.

The organising team of the Malta International Airshow from the Malta Aviation Society would publicly like to thank the Swiss Air Force and PC-7 Team for accepting our invitation.
 (Source: maltairshow.com, 21-Jul-2017)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

TM/DCA: Malta Aircraft Registry update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the Maltese Aircraft Register.

New addition/s: 

  • 9H-PIC - Tecnam P2002-JF (c/n. 095), registered to European Pilot Academy Co. Ltd.
Cancellation/s: none 

(Source: Transport Malta, 18-Jul-2017)

Monday, July 17, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector recalls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Coal wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Thursday, Jul. 20th. (17-Jul-2017)