Thursday, April 26, 2018

U.S. Navy USS Arleigh Burke calls at Valletta Port

The United States Navy USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.

USS Arleigh Burke is the lead ship of Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers in service with the U.S. Navy.  She was commissioned in service on 4-Jul-1991.  

The U.S. destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4/5 wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Apr. 28th. (26-Apr-2018)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

TUIfly adds Cologne-Malta route from May 2018

TUIfly next month is adding new link to Malta, with the scheduling of Cologne-Malta service, operating on Sundays.  First flight is scheduled on 6-May-18, operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

X32724 CGN 0615 – 0855 MLA 
X32725 MLA 0945 – 1240 CGN 

(Source: routesonline.com, 23-Apr-2018)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

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-AGR - Raytheon Aircraft Co. B300 King Air 350 (c/n. FL-183), registered to Artik Cuatro Gestion SL, Spain (ex F-GNOE)
  • 9H-IVG - Bombardier Global Express (c/n. 9081), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex OE-IVG)
  • 9H-OJS - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9606), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex N588LQ)
  • 9H-SXT - Dassault Falcon 7X (c/n. 11), registered to DC Aviation Ltd. (ex M-ALMA)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 19-Apr-2018)

LHT to test new maintenance processes in Malta

Lufthansa Technik (LHT) will trial at its Malta facility new-technology aids to shorten aircraft layovers for maintenance checks.

The MRO provider says it has established an "innovation bay" at the Malta site to test "state-of-the-art technologies for aircraft overhauls in the near future".
Similar bays are planned at other facilities in an effort to roll out adopted solutions across the MRO specialist's network.

Equipment to be tested in Malta will include mobile 3D scanners to assess structural damage, inspection drones and exoskeletons – strap-on body support aids that can "relieve employees of physically strenuous work", LHT says.

The MRO provider notes it will test equipment from "both start-ups and established technology companies" and that the selection will be based "primarily on top trends" and day-to-day requirements.

M. Motschenbacher, chief executive of LHT's Malta facility, states: "Our aim is to improve base maintenance processes and then use the improved processes across all our locations."

This will guarantee coherent quality and standards throughout the MRO provider's network, he says. (Source: flightglobal.com, 23-Apr-2018)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Air Malta schedules seasonal Lourdes service in S18

Air Malta during summer 2018 season is adding new scheduled service to France, as the airline plans to operate Malta – Lourdes route. Operating from 29-Jun-18 to 7-Sep-18, this route will be served by Airbus A320 twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays.

KM4438 MLA 1700 – 1925 LDE 
KM4439 LDE 2015 – 2230 MLA

(Source: routesonline.com, 21-Apr-2018)

Friday, April 20, 2018

Air Malta and airBaltic begin codeshare service in S18

Air Malta and airBaltic at the launch of summer 2018 season launched reciprocal codeshare partnership, covering service to/from Malta, Catania, Riga and Tallinn. Planned codeshare routes from 26-Mar-18 as follows:

- Flights operated by Air Malta
    Malta – Amsterdam 
    Malta – Catania 
    Malta – Geneva 
    Malta – Paris CDG
    Malta – Zurich 
    Vienna – Catania 

- Flights operated by airBaltic
    Riga – Malta
    Riga – Munich
    Riga – Paris CDG
    Tallinn – Vienna


(Source: routesonline.com, 20-Apr-2018)

Air Malta takes delivery of its ninth dry leased aircraft

Air Malta’s ninth dry leased Airbus A320-200 aircraft has arrived at Malta IAP yesterday late in the evening.  Ferried by previous operated SriLankan Airlines, from Abu Dhabi where it was undergoing maintenance and reconfiguration to Air Malta’s needs, the aircraft, with registration 4R-ABP and in full Air Malta corporate livery, touched down at Malta IAP at 2308lt.  The aircraft will be re-registered on the Maltese Civil Aircraft Registry as 9H-AHS shortly and then put in Air Malta's service in the coming days. [Video clip]  (20-Apr-2018)

Romania back in the Air Malta network

Air Malta has added another destination to its route network and will start operating a weekly (Thursday) flight to Bucharest, the capital city of Romania. 

These new scheduled flights, which for years have been operated by Air Malta as a charter service, have now been upgraded to a scheduled one.  Scheduled flights to Bucharest will start as from 17-May-2018.  The flight schedule to Bucharest-Otopeni airport will operate as follows:

KM4526 departure Malta 12:45 - arrival Bucharest 15:55
KM4527 departure Bucharest 16:45 - arrival Malta 17:55

(Source: independent.com.mt, 19-Apr-2018)