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.

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
(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 in the coming days. (17-Jul-2017)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

easyJet's flight bound to Catania diverts to Malta IAP

An easyJet Airbus A320-200 (G-EZTR), performing flight U2-1981 from Manchester (U.K.) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy), had to divert to Malta IAP this morning due to bad weather over Catania. The flight then continued to Catania reaching destination with a delay of 3-hrs 45-mins on its original scheduled time. (16-Jul-2017)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Two RAF Tornados for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

Two Royal Air Force Tornado GR4s will be participating in the 25th edition of the Malta International Airshow. The Tornado GR4 is a two-seat, all-weather, day/night attack and reconnaissance aircraft. 

It has been in service with the RAF for more than 30 years, but a combination of major upgrade programmes and numerous continual enhancements has kept the aircraft amongst the forefront of all attack aircraft. (Source: maltairshow.com, 14-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: 

  • 9H-AGK - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 166), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-GAB)
Cancellation/s: none 

(Source: Transport Malta, 13-Jul-2017)

Wizz Air launches new route Skopje-Malta IAP

Wizz Air launched today its new route between Skopje (Macedonia) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight (W6-7765), operated with an Airbus A320-200 (HA-LWJ), landed at Malta IAP around 0745lt. The return flight (W6-7766) to Skopje departed from Malta IAP around 0855lt. WizzAir will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. (14-Jul-2017)

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Air Malta to restart Malta-Frankfurt service as from November 2017

Air Malta is to recommence services to Frankfurt as from November, operating four times a week in winter and daily in Summer. The decision was announced after a board meeting yesterday, and the airline is embarking on an intensive campaign to market the route.

The airline said today that its new service will be supported by an aggressive sales force as it is reorganising its the commercial effort in Germany and other main markets mainly across Europe.

Further changes are expected soon in the commercial area including a new product range. The board meeting was chaired by new chairman C. Mangion. Tourism Minister K. Mizzi attended. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 13-Jul-2017)

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

Malta Int'l Airport hosted 578,827 passengers in June 2017, translating into an increase of 17.5% over the same month last year. June's growth partly resulted from Malta IAP's recently launched summer schedule which is its busiest yet.

In fact, aircraft movements in June grew by 11.7%, reaching a total of 4,071 movements. In addition to this, seat capacity increased by 15.5%, while seat load factor improved by 1.1%.

The airport's top five markets in June were the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. These markets all registered varying degrees of growth, with the Spanish market experiencing the most marked increase, at 38.2%.

June's numbers bring the total number of passengers for the first half of the year up to 2,639,712. (Source: maltairport.com, 12-Jul-2017)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE Eithne recalls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel LE Eithne (P 31) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this evening on a courtesy visit. This is her visit in Valletta Port this year.

The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Jul. 14th. (12-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: 

  • 9H-CGF - Piper PA-46-500TP (c/n. 4697504), registered to TRTO Agency Ltd. (ex OK-PMA)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-OKI - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9339), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd. (rrg OE-IRB)
(Source: Transport Malta, 12-Jul-2017)

Ryanair opens reservations on three new routes from Malta IAP in 207/18 winter season

Ryanair in the last few weeks gradually opened reservations on three new routes from Malta IAP scheduled for winter 2017/18 season:
  • Malta–Riga (Latvia): twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, as from 29oct17.
  • Malta–Belfast (N. Ireland): twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, as from 30oct17.
  • Malta–Naples (Italy): twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays, as from 30oct17.
(Source: routesonline.com, 12-Jul-2017)

easyJet to fly to Malta from London-Southend

easyJet will start flying to Malta from London-Southend on Oct. 29th, 2017. The new route will operate twice a week year round on an A320 aircraft. easyJet expects to carry more than 30,000 passengers on the route in its first year of operation.

“We are really pleased to be expanding our route offering from Malta with the addition of this new service to London and know that our Maltese customers who fly to London will be pleased with the addition of another route into London,” Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK country manager, said. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 11-Jul-2017)

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Air Malta A320 makes a precautionary landing at Malta IAP, possible landing gear problem

Malta Int'l Airport was on alert this evening after an Air Malta scheduled flight from Geneva (KM-483) reported a technical problem as it approached landing.  According to TVM, the captain reported to the control tower that the aircraft had a possible technical problem in its landing gear.

But, according to the report, the message was understood to mean that the plane was being forced to make an emergency landing, prompting airport emergency services to be deployed on standby as a precaution. 

The aircraft, Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEN) which was carrying 170 passengers and six crew members, landed safely at around 2030lt.  No injuries were reported and the aircraft was subsequently inspected. (Source: timesofmalta.com & tvm.com, 8-Jul 2017)

Friday, July 7, 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-NAO - Boeing B737-300 (c/n. 27457/2756), registered to BlueBird Airways, Crete, Greece (ex N457AN)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 6-Jul-2017)

Two German Navy aircraft for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The German Marineflieger (Naval Air Arm) shall again honour us with its assets on static display during the 25th Edition of the Malta International Airshow. The two assets participating will be a P-3C Orion Maritime Patrol Aircraft accompanied by a Dornier 228NG used for Pollution Control. 

Both aircraft belong to the same squadron, Marinefliegergeschwader 3 based at Nordholz. This will see the return of German participation after an absence of two years at the show. The Malta Aviation Society is honoured once again to be able to host once again our German friends. (Source: maltairshow.com, 7-Jul-2017)

Monday, July 3, 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 third 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, Jul. 5th. (3-Jul-2017)

Friday, June 30, 2017

Hellenic AF Texan II for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The Hellenic Air Force will participate for the 3rd time in the Malta International Airshow. The Hellenic AF T-6A "Daedalus" Demo Team will be sending one T-6A Texan II to Malta for static display. The team had participated for the first time in the 2015 edition when it graced our skies.

The T-6A Aircraft Demonstration Team constitutes an ambitious venture which aims at spreading and cultivating the air concept in the Greek community and at enhancing the morale of the Hellenic Armed Forces, while, at the same time, it is projecting the work of the Hellenic AF to the wide public. (Source: maltairshow.com, 30-Jun-2017)

Air Malta considering reopening of Frankfurt route

Air Malta is currently reconsidering the possibility of reopening its Frankfurt route, tourism Minister K. Mizzi has confirmed. Mizzi was responding to a supplementary parliamentary question put to him by shadow tourism minister R. Arrigo, this morning.
 


According to the minister, Air Malta's marketing team was currently evaluating the possibility of opening a number of new routes, as well as others which might have been closed in the past.

He stressed however, that if Air Malta were to reopen its Frankfurt route, this would have to come with a holistic plan and long-term.
 "It would have to be done well and would not result in Air Malta returning for one season," said the minister. (Source: maltatoday.com, 30-Jun-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-UTA- Fly Synthesis Catalina VG (c/n. F5AB0111109B), registered to 'Private'
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 27-Jun-2017)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Air Malta reintroduces scheduled service Malta-Tunis-Malta

National airline Air Malta has reintroduces today scheduled service between Malta and the Tunisian capital, Tunis, after an absence of eight years.
 Today's first flight, operated with an Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEQ), departed from Malta IAP at 0204lt (KM-684) and returned back to Malta at 0558lt (KM-685). Air Malta will be offering this new service three times weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. (26-Jun-2017)