Sunday, October 15, 2017

Air Malta flights delayed due to cabin crew industrial action

A number of Air Malta flights have been delayed by roughly half an hour after the Union of Cabin Crew informed Air Malta last night that it had ordered its members to start industrial action, an Air Malta spokesman has confirmed. 

The airline confirmed that some flights had been affected but stressed that none had been delayed by more than 30 minutes, adding that it was currently holding discussions with members of the union. (Source: maltatoday.com, 15-Oct-2017)

Saturday, October 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) last evening on a courtesy visit. This is her eleventh 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 in three weeks. (14-Oct-2017)

Air Malta plans to offer five additional routes in summer 2018

Air Malta in summer 2018 season plans to offer five additional routes, including four routes previously served by the carrier.  Planned service as follow.
  • Malta - Lisbon (Portugal), effective 25-Mar, twice weekly (last served in September 2006)
  • Malta - Malaga (Spain), effective 26-Mar, twice weekly 
  • Malta - St. Petersburg (Russia), effective 30-Mar, weekly flight (last served in October 2014)
  • Malta - Stockholm Arlanda (Sweden), effective 1-May, once weekly (last served in November 2007)
  • Malta - Venice (Italy), effective 26-Mar, three times weekly (last served in September 2015)
(Source: routesonline.com, 13-Oct-2017)

Friday, October 13, 2017

German Navy FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Brandeburg-class (Type F123) frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F 218) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is presently berthing alongside at Bormla wharf (in French creek), and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port in two weeks. (13-Oct-2017)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Air Malta to fly to Comiso as from Dec. 17th

Air Malta will start operating a twice weekly evening scheduled service to Sicily’s Comiso airport, on Fridays and Sundays, from Dec. 17th. The airline said its Go-Light fares will apply on the route making it possible to fly for €39 per way including taxes and charges.

KM-658 Malta 2030 - 2110 Comiso
KM-659 Comiso 2200 - 2240 Malta

(Source: timesofmalta.com, 12-Oct-2017)

Irish Naval Service LE Niamh calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class patrol vessel LE Niamh (P 52) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta tomorrow, Oct. 13th. (12-Oct-2017)

Atlantic Airways adds Malta seasonal flights in summer 2018

Atlantic Airways in summer 2018 season is offering new non-stop service to Malta, becoming the sole operator on Vagar (Faroe Islands) - Malta route. 

The airline scheduled five round-trip flights between June and August 2018, on board Airbus A319. Operational dates are: 19-Jun, 3-Jul, 17-Jul, 31-Jul and 14-Aug.

RC-494 Vagar 0710– 1230 Malta 
RC-495 Malta 1330 – 1710 Vagar


(Source: routesonline.com, 12-Oct-2017)

Ryanair's flight to Bristol returns to Malta IAP due to an undercarriage problem

A Ryanair B737-800 (EI-DWZ), operating scheduled flight FR-3375 between Malta IAP and Bristol (U.K.) had return to Malta IAP this morning due to a technical issue with its undercarriage. 

The aircraft landed safely RWY 13 at 0906lt (departed 0736lt). No one was injured although it was reported that some of the passengers were suffering from shock.

Flight FR-3375 to Bristol will be operated by a replacement Ryanair aircraft this afternoon. (12-Oct-2017)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

M.I.A. plc releases trafffic results for September 2017

Traffic at Malta IAP in September registered an increase of more than 89,000 passenger movements over the same month last year, with a total of 626,488 guests welcomed at MIA.

This translated into an increase of 16.7% over 2016. Moreover, September was the third consecutive month at the airport to surpass the 600,000 mark in terms of passenger numbers.

Standing at 86.7%, September’s seat load factor (SLF) remained constant, in spite of the increase in both aircraft movements (14.6%) and seat capacity (17.0%).

The United Kingdom continued to lead Malta IAP's list of top markets, contributing 146,160 passenger movements to September's total traffic, and growing by 4.7% over last year mainly due to an increase in capacity as a result of the Cruise & Fly operation.

On the other hand, the rest of the top markets, these being Italy (10.5%), Germany (25.8%) and France (17.6%) all registered double-digit growth. Spain, which is the fifth largest market, is maintaining its year-to-date progress, with a hefty 43.8% increase in passenger movements in September, partly stemming from increased flight frequencies to Madrid. (Source: maltairport.com, 9-Oct-2017)

Sunday, October 8, 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 tenth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (8-Oct-2017)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Five flights bound to Malta IAP divert to airports in Sicily due to severe thunderstorm over the island

A severe thunderstorm over the Maltese Island this morning has forced five aircraft en route to Malta IAP to divert to Palermo and Catania-Fontanarossa in Sicily, Italy.
  • Transavia Boeing B737-800 (PH-HZI), operating flight HV-5773 between Amsterdam-Schiphol (Netherlands) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly three-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • EAT Leipzig Boeing B757-200 (D-ALEH), operating cargo flight QY-7922 between Marseille (France) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight will then continue to Malta later on day. 
  • Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-FZA), operating flight FR-5224 between Weeze (Germany) and Malta IAP, diverted to Catania-Fontanarossa . The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly two-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • LOT Polish Airline Embraer E195 (SP-LNA), operating charter flight LO-7455 between Warsaw (Poland) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of three-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • easyJet Airbus A319-100 (G-EZGA), operating flight U2-1997 Manchester (U.K.) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly two-hours on its original scheduled time. 
(4-Oct-2017)

Air Malta's Catania-Malta flight diverts to Catania

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AHR), operating scheduled flight KM-643 between Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy) and Malta IAP, had to return/divert to Catania-Fontanarossa yesterday evening due bad weather over Malta. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 2.25-hours on its original scheduled time. (4-Oct-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-DFS - Dassault Falcon 50 (c/n. 185), registered to AS AILES Ltd. (ex T7-DFX)
  • 9H-IAN - Tecnam P2002-JF (c/n. 082), registered to 'Private' (ex HB-KPE)
  • 9H-JSY - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9423), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex G-RAAA)
  • 9H-VTD - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9763), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FNLH)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-GVA - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9548), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (rrg N499WR)
  • 9H-VTC - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9571), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (rrg N505VJ)
(Source: Transport Malta, 3-Oct-2017)

Spain's Air Nostrum acquires 51% of Medavia

Maltese-based airline Medavia has avoided being deemed a non-European airline by the European Commission (EC) following the sale of a 51% stake to Spanish operator Air Nostrum. 

The Times of Malta reports the transaction was concluded at the "eleventh hour" and after pressure from Transport Malta to resolve the issue.

EC ownership and control regulations require either an EU citizen or firm to control at least 51% of a bloc-based carrier's stock and exercise effective control over it.

For its part, Medavia was established in Malta in 1978 as a joint venture between the Maltese and Libyan governments. Since then, it has been using a Maltese (EU) license despite being fully owned by Libyan interests. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 3-Oct-2017)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Ducuing recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Ducuing (F 795) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this Malta

FS Cdt. Ducuing is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay-1 and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Oct. 6th. (3-Oct-2017)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Lightning strikes equipment at Malta's Air Traffic Control

As the weather forecast predicted, the month of October began with heavy rainfall. As a result, a number of flights to and from Malta International Airport have also been affected this morning.
In a statement, the Malta Air Traffic Services (MATS) said that it was hit by a lightning bolt, causing damage to its technical equipment. It said that as a precaution it had to temporarily stop flights from flying over Maltese air space until the problem was solved. It added that the systems operated by MATS have now been fully restored and is operating normally.
An airport spokesperson said that, in all, six flights had been affected: Ryanair flight FR-7591 from Roma-Fiumicino (diverted to Palemo), Ryanair flight FR-7592 to Rome-Fiumicino,  Wizzair flight W6-7766 to Skopje, Air Malta flight KM-116 to London-Gatwick and Air Malta flight KM-306 to Munich. (Source: tvm.com.mt)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

AirMalta's flight to Amsterdam returns to Malta IAP for technical reason

An Air Malta Airbus A319-100 (9H-AEJ), operating scheduled flight KM-394 between Malta IAP and Amsterdam-Schipol (Netherlands) had return to Malta IAP this morning due to a technical issue. The aircraft landed safely RWY 31 at 0927lt (departed 0750lt). Flight KM-394 was subsequently operated by 9H-AHR (Airbus A320-200) reaching Amsterdam-Schipol with a delay of nearly 5-hrs and 40-mins on its original scheduled time. (28-Sep-2017)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE William Butler Yates recalls 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. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Ricasoli Tank Cleaning Farm, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Sep. 30th. (26-Sep-2017)

Monday, September 25, 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 ninth 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 Wednesday, Sep. 27th. (25-Sep-2017)

Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Malta flight diverts to Catania

A Lufthansa Airbus A321-200 (D-AISN), performing flight LH-1312 from Frankfurt (Germany) to Malta IAP, had to divert to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy) yesterday evening due bad weather over Malta. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 2.5-hours on its original scheduled time. (25-Sep-2017)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Royal Navy of Oman RNOV Shabab Oman II calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy of Oman tall ship RNOV Shabab Oman II sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. RNOV Shabab Oman II serves as a training ship for the Royal Navy of Oman

The Royal Navy of Oman full-rigged ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Sep. 25th (22-Sep-2017)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Air Malta introduces cheap fares, hives off ground handling to separate company

Air Malta has introduced a new system of cheap fares and hived off its ground handling operations into a separate aviation services company, Tourism Minister Dr K. Mizzi said today.

Dr Mizzi confirmed this morning that agreement was reached with the General Workers Union to move around 450 Air Malta ground and passenger handlers to a new company. "The new company will offer services to other airlines and it will also manage cargo operations," he said, adding this was part of the reform process at the airline.

Dr Mizzi called on Air Malta unions to accept changes in work practices as the airline tried to survive in a cutthroat environment. He said collective agreements with unions had to be in place by a Jan. 1st. He acknowledged the stumbling block was the financial remuneration package but insisted workers will lose nothing from their take-home pay.

He said pilots and cabin crew were being asked to accept changes in work practices in line with international standards and called for understanding. “I am sure common sense will prevail and everyone will be reasonable otherwise the airline runs the risk of returning to insolvency and this time around taxpayers will not be able to foot the bill,” he said.

Dr Mizzi was speaking at the launch of a new cheap air fare intended to attract more customers, who prefer traveling with just a hand luggage. Labelled Go Light, passengers can buy a one-way ticket from €39 for almost all Air Malta destinations with no bag allowance (apart from the hand luggage). Baggage allowance can be bought at an extra charge.

Company officials said the system was introduced in the airline's booking platform last week to test the package and Air Malta sold 25,000 Go Light tickets. Booking activity increased between 20% and 35% as a result of the new package, the airline said.

P. Sies, Air Malta chief commercial officer, said the airline had to attract more passengers to fill its seats. He said the new package, part of a three-way choice for customers, would make the airline more competitive in a cutthroat business.

Air Malta chairman C. Mangion said the airline had to take quick decisions to survive, expressing hope in the airline's future. "The new turnaround strategy is based on the trust we have in our employees… we want Air Malta to be a Mediterranean hub linking Europe with North Africa and the Middle East," he said. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 19-Sep-2017)

Malaga route for Air Malta next summer

Next summer Air Malta will inaugurate a twice weekly scheduled service to Malaga, the second-most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth-largest in Spain. 

Paul Sies, chief commercial officer, said the airline would be announcing more routes for summer 2018. 

Besides connecting the popular Malaga area, the new route is also the ideal gateway for travelling to and from Gibraltar. Nowadays thousands of expats mostly working in the iGaming industry travel frequently between Gibraltar and Malta, he added. 

Malaga lies on the Costa del Sol on the Spanish southern coast, some 100 kilometres east of the Strait of Gibraltar. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 18-Sep-2017)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ryanair's Edinburgh-Malta flight diverts to Bergamo

A Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-EBH), performing flight FR-6695 from Edinburgh (U.K.) to Malta IAP (Malta), had to divert to Milan-Bergamo (Italy) this morning due to a medical emergency on board. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of two hours on its original scheduled time. (17-Sep-2017)

French Navy Falcon 50 for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The last few confirmations from much welcomed participants, keep trickling in, even in the last few days before the Airshow. This shows the dedication, commitment and enjoyment of aircrews, to participate in our Airshow, notwithstanding the fact that they are very much operationally constrained, which is the main reason why often, they cannot confirm earlier.

This late addition consists of the French Navy Falcon 50. This aircraft has participated in previous editions of our Airshow, including last year, but this time it will also take part in the flying display program, with some smooth flypasts, showing the gracefulness of this streamlined aircraft.

The basic air frame and design of this aircraft is that of a mid-sized long range business jet, but in time, Dassault developed a Maritime Surveillance and Environmental protection version of the aircraft, mainly for the French Navy.
More advancements may still be in sight for this aircraft as Dassault and Aviation Partners Inc. have announced that High Mach blended winglets, are being developed for the Falcon 50 as a retrofit kit.

The Malta Aviation Society would like to thank the French Navy for their continued support for our and we are grateful of having them back in both flying and static display. (Source: maltairshow.com, 17-Sep-2017)

Friday, September 15, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Ducuing at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Ducuing (F 795) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

FS Cdt. Ducuing is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Sep. 18th. (15-Sep-2017)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Light aircraft crash lands at Malta IAP

A Piper PA-34A-200T Seneca II, operated by the European Flight Academy in Malta, crashed whilst landing at the Malta Int'l Airport.

Emergency teams were sent but no one was hurt, a spokesperson for the airport confirmed.

The incident took place at 1722lt.

Movement on runway 23/05 have been temporarily suspended following the incident.

The aircraft with registration number 9H-AEB, is a twin-engined turboprop light aircraft, used by the academy for instrument rating training. (Source: 
maltatoday.com.mt, 14-Sep-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) early this morning on a brief visit. This was her eighth visit in Valletta Port this year. The Border Force cutter departed Valletta Port after a few hours visit. (14-Sep-2017)

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ukrainian AF AN-30 for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Ukrainian Air Force has officially confirmed the participation of an AN-30 ''Open Skies'' for the static display at the 2017 Malta International Airshow.

The AN-30 aerial photographer was developed on a basis of the AN-24 passenger airplane. It is the first in the history of domestic aviation building machine designed with the only purpose – to perform aerial photography. From basis version it differs with the navigator's nose glass cock-pit and photo-doors in the floor of the cabin. It has nine modifications. It can be used in a cargo version.

The Treaty on Open Skies entered into force on Jan. 1st, 2002, and currently has 34 party states. It establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants. The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information about military forces and activities of concern to them. Open Skies is one of the most wide-ranging international efforts to date promoting openness and transparency of military forces and activities.

The Malta Aviation Society organisers of the Malta International Airshow is overwhelmed with the confirmation by the Ukrainian Air Force participation in the static display of the AN-30. We are very grateful for such an addition in this ever listing growing list of participants. (Source: maltairshow.com, 13-Sep-2017)

U.K. Royal Navy HMS Diamond calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Daring-class destroyer HMS Diamond (D 34) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has an AgustaWestland AW-159 Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter on board, serial ZZ380.

The British destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (13-Sep-2016)

Tuesday, September 12, 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-SKM - Gulfstream G450 (c/n. 4024), registered to Sky Prime Malta Aviation Services Ltd.
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 11-Sep-2017)

AFM's 2017 Open Day to be held at the Air Wing facility

The Armed Forces of  Malta (AFM) will hold their popular Open Day on Sep. 30th between 11am and 7pm. This year's edition will be held at the Air Wing facility in Kirkop, where the AFM will be able to showcase its new fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters, and hangars.

Equipment by the other sections of the AFM, including the Maritime Squadron, the infantry, the explosive ordnance unit and the band will also be on display. The entrance will be free. (Source: timesofmalta.com & AFM, 11-Sep-2017)

Sunday, September 10, 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 early morning on a courtesy visit. This is her seventh 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 Wednesday, Sep. 13th. (10-Sep-2017)

Ryanair to introduce 12 new Malta routes next summer

Ryanair has announced plans for 12 new routes from Malta next summer and says it intends to base a fifth aircraft on the island. D. O’Brien, chief commercial officer, told a press conference that the low-cost airline will operate 54 routes to 18 countries from Malta next summer.

The new routes are Aberdeen, Belfast, Seville, Pescara, Bratislava, Gothenburg, Paris-Beauvais, Porto, Tallin and extended services to Barcelona, Naples and Riga. Services to Naples and Riga are being introduced from this winter. The service to Barcelona will fly to the city's main airport. 

"This is good news for Malta as new routes will enhance diversification of inflows and outflows," Tourism Minister K. Mizzi observed. He said most of the services were new for Malta and there was hardly any overlap with Air Malta. 

Mr Mizzi said plans were also in train for cooperation between Ryanair and Air Malta in sales and commercial aspects, including sales on the Ryanair commercial portal. Talks are in hand on cooperation on connecting flights.

It was also announced that Ryanair will make a bid for ailing Italian flag carrier Alitalia in the coming weeks. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 10-Sep-2017)

Saturday, September 9, 2017

AFM to display at 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

Naturally synonymous with the Malta Airshow, is the ever present air assets of the Air Wing of the Armed Forces of Malta (AFM), both in the static display and in the flying program. The Air Wing is the aerial component of the Maltese military. 

The Air Wing has responsibility for the security of Maltese airspace, conducts maritime patrol and Search and Rescue duties, and provides military assistance to other government departments of Malta. It is based at apron 7 of the Malta International Airport.

One of the assets we will be enjoying during the Airshow is the new rotary wing workhorse of the Air Wing – the AugustaWestland (now Leonardo) AW-139. Three of these helicopters were acquired by the AFM. They carry a crew of five, including two rescue swimmers. It can carry a total of 15 persons. The helicopters are equipped with state-of- the-art avionics and imaging systems, a hoist for SAR operations and a stretcher for medical evacuations.

Another Air Wing asset planned to take part in our flying program, is the fixed-wing Hawker Beechcraft B200 King Air MPA. This is a state-of-the-art maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) for border control. It has the capability, and sustainability, to enable the AFM to continue effectively patrolling the E.U.'s maritime borders both by day and night, and in support of other E.U. border-related missions.

The Malta Aviation Society organizer of the Malta International Airshow 2017 are proud to have the Armed Forces of Malta Participating with their air assets during the show. (Source: maltairshow.com, 8-Sep-2017)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Three flights en rotue to Malta IAP diverts to other airports due to bad weather over the airfield

Three flights en route to Malta IAP this afternoon where forced to divert to other airports due to a thunderstorm over the airfield. 

The first aircraft to divert was a Gryphon Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-87 (ZS-TRJ), operating scheduled flight UG-1300 for Tunisair Express between Tunis-Carthage (Tunisia) and Malta IAP. After a missed approach the crew decided to return to Tunis airport. The flight was subsequently cancelled.

Next to divert was a Volga-Dnepr Airlines Ilyushin IL-76 (RA-76951), operating cargo flight VDA-4044 between Châlons-Vatry (France) and Malta IAP. The IL-76 diverted to Palermo airport (Sicily/Italy). The flight was subsequently re-scheduled to tomorrow.

The last flight to divert was an Alitalia Airbus A320-200 (I-BIKA), operating scheduled flight AZ-886 between Rome-Fiumicino (Italy) and Malta IAP. The A320 diverted also to Palermo airport (Sicily/Italy). The flight then continued to Malta IAP reaching destination with a delay of 1-hr 35-mins on its original time.

Besides these diversions, numerous fights that had depart from Malta IAP had to be delayed too. (8-Sep-2017)

Friday, September 1, 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-NGX - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9451), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (rrg N668JS)
(Source: Transport Malta, 1-Sep-2017)

USN P8 and MH-60 for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

Visitors to the Malta Airshow can hardly realize how fortunate we are, to once again, have the United States Navy’s (USN) latest asset, in the form of a Boeing P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft, gracing our static park for the whole weekend and even with a possibility of having the aircraft performing a flying display over Smart City (flying to be confirmed).

The Boeing P-8 Poseidon has been developed by Boeing, based on the Boeing 737-800ER (extended range) airliner air frame. The P-8 conducts anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, and shipping interdiction, along with an early warning self-protection ability, otherwise known as electronic support measures. This involves carrying torpedoes, depth charges, Harpoon anti-ship missiles, and other weapons. It is able to drop and monitor sonobuoys.

Accompanying the P-8, the U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk will also be returning to the Malta International Airshow static park, after previous participation.

The Sikorsky MH-60 Seahawk is a twin engine, multi-mission U.S. Navy helicopter based on the U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk and a member of the Sikorsky S-70 family. The most significant air frame modification for seaborne naval use, is a hinged tail to reduce its footprint aboard ships, when parked.

Both U.S. Navy assets will be flying-in from nearby U.S. Navy Air Bases in Sigonella (Sicilly) and Naples (Italy).

The Malta Aviation Society is proud that once again the U.S. Naval Air Forces is participating with their assets at our show. (Source: maltairshow.com, 1-Sep-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-RWM - Hawker Beechcraft Corp B200GT (c/n. BY-102), registered to Air CM Global Ltd. (ex EC-LIH)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-GMT - Dassault Falcon 900LX (c/n. 247), registered to Skyfirst Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 30-Aug-2017)

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Russian Navy RFS Perekop calls at Valletta Port

The Russian Navy Project-887 (Smolny-class) training ship RFS Perekop (310) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit. 

The Russian training ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Sep. 1st. (29-Aug-2017)

Monday, August 28, 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 early morning on a courtesy visit. This is her sixth 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, Aug. 30th. (28-Aug-2017)

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Air Malta carried more than 12,200 pax last weekend

Air Malta carried more than 12,200 passengers last Saturday and Sunday, considered to be the busiest weekend of the year so far. In a statement, the national airline said it had carried 1,200 passengers (+11%) more than in the corresponding period last year for a total of 12,210 pax and registering a seat load factor of about 90%.

"For many of our guests, last weekend was the start of holidays and we are happy that they chose to travel on Air Malta. With over 80 flights running on-schedule, we had a very busy operation," said P. Sies, the airline" chief commercial officer. He said Air Malta was the airline that offered "the most interesting schedule with excellent timings” to travel to the best airports in Europe." (Source: timesofmalta.com, 26-Aug-2017)

Friday, August 25, 2017

USAF KC-135 for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

Another welcomed addition to our ever growing static display park is the United States Air Force (USAF) KC-135 Stratotanker, a favorite with many aviation enthusiasts.

Based on the Boeing 707 commercial airliner, the KC-135 is USAF main aerial refueling tanker. It has been refueled other military aircraft in the air since its entry into service 60 years ago, in 1957. This makes the presence of the legendary KC-135 at our airshow even more significant. 

The participating aircraft is one which is based in Europe, namely at RAF Mildenhall, in the U.K. The Malta Aviation Society is extremely grateful to welcoming back the USAF at the Malta International Airshow 2017. (Source: maltairshow.com, 25-Aug-2017)

Two French AF Alpha Jets for 2017 Malta Int' Airshow

We are pleased to announce a further addition to the flying and static display program, with the confirmation of two French Air Force Dassault/Dornier Alpha Jet. 

The Alpha Jet was originally designed and co-produced by Dassault in France and Dornier in Germany, as a light attack aircraft, although it was primarily and extensively used, as an advanced/lead in, jet trainer aircraft, produced in large numbers by both the French and the German AF.

The aircraft has already participated in our airshow in past editions, both in the static display and also in our flying programs. Moreover, the aircraft is also used for the French AF's National Display Team – the Patrouille de France, who have also participated in our past editions, namely in the very first Malta airshow, back in 1993.

The Malta Aviation Society organizers of the Malta International Airshow would like to publicly thank the French AF for confirming their participation once again in Malta. (Source: maltairshow.com, 25-Aug-2017)

Maleth-Aero to add maiden Embraer aircraft to its fleet

Maleth-Aero has confirmed it will shortly be introducing its maiden Embraer regional jet equipment in the form of four ERJ-145s. The Malta-based ACMI/charter specialist said in a statement the first aircraft of the type, 9H-REY (c/n. 145036), would be delivered shortly ahead of its deployment into service in September.

"We are very pleased to be introducing this product to our fleet and expect 9H-REY to be on the ramp next month. Thereafter we expect to take up the remaining units prior to the year end," M. O'Brien, Chief Executive Officer of Maleth-Aero, commented. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 24-Aug-2017)

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE William Butler Yates recalls 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. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Aug. 26th. (22-Aug-2017)

Friday, August 18, 2017

RCAF to participate in 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow with a CF-188

It is with great pleasure that we announce the participation of a CF-188 Hornet from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). The Hornet wll increase the variety of static display aircraft at the 25th edition of the Malta International Airshow.

The supersonic CF-188 Hornet can engage both ground and aerial targets. Its twin engines generate enough thrust to lift 24 full-size pick-up trucks off the ground. As the RCAF's frontline multi-role fighter, the modernized CF-188 is used primarily for air defence, air superiority and tactical support.

After successful Canadian participation in the 1994,1998 and 2015 editions this year will see the debut of a CF-188 Hornet on our shores, a great edition to the airshow.

The Malta Aviation Society organisers of the Malta International Airshow would like to publicly thank the Royal Canadian Air Force for confirming their participation once again in Malta. (Source: maltairshow.com, 18-Aug-2017)

Air Malta to restart Malta-Manchester route next year

Air Malta will be restarting flights to Manchester on a weekly basis as of May 2018 after the service was axed earlier this year. The airline announced last December that the popular route would be scrapped from May 2017 to focus on other, more profitable services.

The decision was met with widespread criticism, but Air Malta said it had been projected to lose up to €2 million in variable costs by operating the route with four flights per week this summer, and that the “expensive” route should have been axed “many years ago”.

But industry sources told this newspaper Air Malta had now secured a commitment, as of May next year, for a significant portion of seats to be taken up by tour operators on the Manchester route, making the route viable. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 18-Aug-2017)

GdiF to send an AW-139 to 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Italian's Guardia di Finanza (GdiF) aviation unit has confirmed it's participation in the 25th Edition of the Malta International Airshow with a static display of a Leonardo (AgustaWestland) AW-139 helicopter.

The GdiF is an Italian law enforcement agency under the authority of the Minister of Economy and Finance and part of the Italian armed forces. The GdiF is essentially responsible for dealing with financial crime and smuggling. It maintains more than 100 aircraft to serve in its mission of patrolling Italy's territorial waters.

In the rotary wing of the GdiF, the Leonardo AW-139 is tasked with maritime patrol, search, exploration, medical evacuation flights and further logistical transport. Its missions take place around the Italian territory on land and even on sea. (Source: maltairshow.com, 18-Aug-2017)

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)