Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Italian Navy ITS San Giusto recalls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy San Giorgio-class amphibious transport dock ITS San Giusto (L 9894) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. This is her second call in Valletta Port this year. She has an AgustaBell AB-212 helicopter on board, serial MM81090.

The Italian amphibian is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and is the flagship of the E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

ITS San Giusto is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Jun. 3rd. (31-May-2017)

French Navy FS Cdt. Blaison recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Blaison (F 793) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year. 

The French corvette is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

FS Cdt. Blaison is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, Jun. 4th. (31-May-2017)

Jet Aviation opens aircraft management and charter operation in Malta

Jet Aviation is pleased to announce that it has signed a joint venture agreement to establish an aircraft management and charter operation in Malta. The company is working to obtain an air operator's certificate from the Civil Aviation Directorate in Malta, which it expects to receive in Q3 2017.

The joint venture partner, Luxury Business Jets, is part of a large holding company based in Slovakia. The company has arranged for two aircraft, a BBJ1 and a Legacy 600, to be operated under the new Maltese AOC. These two additional aircraft will join Jet Aviation's growing aircraft management and charter fleet in EMEA. (Source: Jet Aviation, 30-May-2017)

Friday, May 26, 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-GPS - Cessna 560XL Citation Excel (c/n. 560-5249), registered to Luxwing Ltd. (ex N429JS)
  • 9H-VVP - Bombardier Challenger 604 (c/n. 5612), registerd to TAG Aviation (Malta) Ltd. (ex G-VVPA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-FMH - Piper PA-31-350 Chieftain (c/n. 31-7552075), registered to IMAO, France)
(Source: Transport Malta, 25-May-2017)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

German Navy FGS Rhein calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Elbe-class auxiliary vessel FGS Rhein (A 513) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The German tender currently deployed in the Mediterranean and forms part of the E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

FGS Rhein is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Jun. 3rd. (24-May-2017)

Maleth-Aero strikes partnership deal with Oryx Jet

Malta's Maleth-Aero has announced it has signed a strategic partnership agreement with UK-based executive aviation specialist Oryx Jet wherein the two will combine their respective industry expertise to further their B737 VIP charter operations and ACMI activities.

Under the terms of the deal, disclosed last week in a press communique, Malta-based Maleth Aero said it would focus on a wide range of services including aircraft management and charters while Oryx Jet would handle the VIP sales for the B737s. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 24-May-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-TJG - Boeing B737-800 (c/n. 29120/202), registered to Touristic Aviation Services Ltd dba Corendon Airlines Europe (ex TC-TJG)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 19-May-2017)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Armed Forces of Malta inaugurates its third new B200 King Air maritime patrol aircraft

A  state-of-the-art King Air maritime patrol aircraft for border control and an explosive ordnance disposal robot for detection and bomb disposal valued at €16 million co-financed by the E.U. were inaugurated today by the Armed Forces of Malta. Minister for Home Affairs and National Security C. Abela, Parliamentary Secretary for the E.U. Presidency 2017 and E.U. Funds I. Borg, and Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta J. Curmi presided over the ceremony held at the Air Wing in Luqa.

Commander of the Armed Forces of Malta J. Curmi said that this new King Air maritime patrol aircraft is specifically designed to incorporate innovative capabilities on many levels. Some of the aircraft's features include improved situational awareness with the ability to have a maritime domain awareness picture and advanced navigational capabilities. (Source: independent.com.mt, 22-May-2017)

Monday, May 22, 2017

French Navy FS Thetis calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French mine-warfare experimentation vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, May 26th. (22-May-2017)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

British Airways' flight bound to Catania diverts to Malta IAP

A British Airways A319-100 (G-DBCG), performing flight BA-2592 from London-Gatwick (U.K.) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy), had to divert to Malta IAP this afternoon after one missed approached at Catania due to strong winds on the final approach. The flight then continued to Catania reaching destination with a delay of 3-hrs 50-mins on its original scheduled time. (21-May-2017)

Wizz Air launches new route Belgrade-Malta IAP

Wizz Air launched today its new route between Belgrade (Serbia) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight, operated with Airbus A320-200 (HA-LPQ) landed at Malta IAP (W6-4021) at 1431lt. The return flight to Belgrade departed from Malta IAP (W6-4022) at 1547lt. WizzAir will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Wednesdays and Sundays. (21-May-2017)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Royal Danish HDMS Peter Willemoes calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Danish Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate HDMS Peter Willemoes (F 362) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit

The Royal Danish frigate is presently berthing alongside at Shipwrights wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Thursday, May 18th. (16-May-2017)

Friday, May 12, 2017

AirBaltic's Riga-Malta flight diverts to Rome-Fiumicino

An AirBaltic Bombardier CS-300 (YL-CSB), performing flight BT-739 from Riga (Latvia) to Malta IAP (Malta), had to divert to Rome-Fiumicino early this morning after two missed approaches at Malta IAP due to strong winds on the final approach. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 4-hrs 15-mins on its original scheduled time. (12-May-2017)

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

Last month's passenger movements registered an increase of 26.6%, surpassing the half a million mark for the first time in April. Malta IAP welcomed a total of 530,576 passengers, on the back of an increase of 17.7% in seat capacity and an improvement of 5.3% in seat load factor.

April's strong performance partly stemmed from the Easter holiday effect, together with the start of new operations and the extension of certain winter routes into the summer period. The Cruise & Fly programme, which was launched at the beginning of last month, was an important contributing factor to the growth registered by both the United Kingdom and Germany.

The United Kingdom retained its top spot among M.I.A.'s top five markets, followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. Italy's growth was mainly generated on the Catania route, following increased flight frequencies to this destination. 

Meanwhile, enhanced seat capacity deployed on the Paris route and the launch of the new Bordeaux route in mid-April contributed to increased passenger numbers from France. Belgium was the market that registered the strongest growth, resulting from enhanced connectivity to Brussels.

While an average of 17,600 passengers passed through the airport every day, this figure spiked on the 13th of April. 23,400 passengers were welcomed at the terminal on the day, making it the busiest one of the year so far. (Source: maltairport.com, 10-May-2017)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Blaison calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Blaison (F 793) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The French corvette is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U.'s Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia).

FS Cdt. Blaison is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta on Sunday, May 14th. (11-May-2017)

Saturday, May 6, 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-AVA - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9633), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex M-DANK)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 5-May-2017)

Friday, May 5, 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-GGF - Cessna 560XLS Citation Excel (c/n. 560-5723), registered to TRTO Agency Ltd. (ex OE-GGF)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 3-May-2017)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

French Navy FS La Fayette calls at Valletta Port

The French Navy La Fayette-class frigate FS La Fayette (F 710) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

The French frigate is currently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, May 7th. (4-May-2017)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

SR Technics to expand operations in Malta

SR Technics, an aircraft maintenance company with a base in Malta, is to expand its operations with the building of a new €30m six-bay hangar at Safi Aviation Park. A memorandum of understanding with the government was signed this morning. The investment will create 400 new jobs, bringing the staff compliment at the company up to 560. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 3-May-2017)

Air Malta registers double digit growth over easter

Air Malta has registered an impressive 14% increase this Easter when compared with Easter last year. The Easter weekend has been deemed a huge success by the airline as it operated 22 flights more than last year and carried an additional 3,000 passengers achieving an average load factor of over 90%. (Source: Air Malta, 2-May-2017)