Sunday, December 10, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE Niamh recalls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class patrol vessel LE Niamh (P 52) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  This is her third call 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 Wednesday, Dec. 13th. (10-Dec-2017)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Jet Aviation gets AOC for Malta and launches new flight operationa

Jet Aviation has launched a new flight operation in Malta after securing its air operator's certificate (AOC) for the island.  The company is already operating a B737 BBJ under the Malta AOC, and expects to add a Legacy 600 in the coming weeks. It now has regional AOC operations in Malta, Switzerland (Zurich) and Germany (Cologne).

"Our new flight operation in Malta is a terrific complement to our Swiss and German operations," said J. Reuthinger, senior vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation's aircraft management and charter operations in EMEA and Asia. "The additional AOC in the European Union allows aircraft owners and operators more flexibility in their choice of registrations and operation." (Source:, 8-Dec-2017)

Friday, December 8, 2017

United States Navy USS Carney calls at Valletta Port

The United States Navy destroyer USS Carney (DDG 64) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  

USS Carney is the 14th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the U.S. Navy. The ship is the first to be named after Admiral Robert Carney who served as Chief of Naval Operations during the Eisenhower administration. She was commissioned in service on 8-Jun-1996.

The U.S. destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Dec. 12th (8-Dec-2017)

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

Malta International Airport continued to register solid traffic results, even as it entered its winter period, with November becoming the fourteenth consecutive month to achieve double-digit growth in passenger movements.

Last November, the airport hosted over 55,000 passengers more than it did in 2016, closing off the month with a total of 405,724 movements. This translates into an increase of 15.8 per cent over last year.

This record number of passengers for November was observed in parallel with an increase of 18.1% in aircraft movements and a 19.2% improvement in seat capacity. Seat load factor for November, which marks airlines' ability to fill available seats on flights, dropped slightly and stood at 79%.

The month's top five markets accounted for more than half of the total passenger movements for November. The U.K. continued to top the leader board with over 100,000 passenger movements, followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. While the first four markets all registered varying levels of growth, Belgium lost around 570 passenger movements when compared with 2016.

The biggest spike in passenger numbers in November was observed on the Polish market, which grew by 76.3% over last year. This strong increase can be attributed to added flights on the Gdansk, Krakow and Wroclaw routes. Other markets which registered noteworthy growth stemming from improved flight schedules and additional capacity, include Turkey, Austria and the Netherlands. (Source:, 7-Dec-2017)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

TM/DCA: List of AOC Holders update

Transport Malta/Directorate of Civil Aviation published today the latest update of the list of Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) Holders:
Air Malta plcMT-01AMC
Mediterranean Aviation Co. Ltd.MT-02MDM
Comlux Malta Ltd.MT-08MLM
Orion Malta Ltd.MT-11OXM
Privajet Ltd.MT-12PVJ
Malta Wings Co. Ltd.MT-13MWS
Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd.MT-14MLT
Luxwing Ltd.MT-15LWG
Hyperion Aviation Ltd.MT-16HYP
VistaJet Ltd.MT-17VJT
Skyfirst Ltd.MT-18KFE
Avcon Jet Malta Ltd.MT-20VCJ
JetMagic Ltd.MT-22JMK
Air X Charter Ltd.MT-23AXY
Hi Fly Ltd.MT-24HFM
Nomad Aviation (Europe) Ltd.MT-26NUB
Albinati Aviation Ltd.MT-27ULC
Elit'Avia Malta Ltd.MT-28EAU
Blue Square Aviation Group Malta Ltd.MT-29BSG
Emperor Aviation Ltd.MT-30EMM
Pontair Ltd.MT-31PTA
Air Horizont Ltd.MT-32HAT
TAG Aviation (Malta) Ltd.MT-33TEU
Kermas Aviation Ltd.MT-36KER
AS Ailes dba Harmony JetsMT-38SQP
AIR CM Global Ltd.MT-39RJR
TJS (Malta) Ltd.MT-40TYJ
Gulf Med Aviation Services Ltd.MT-41GMD
Private Jet Company Malta Ltd.MT-42PJM
TRTO Agency Ltd.MT-43MGF
Corendon Airlines EuropeMT-48CXI
Jet Aviation Flight Services (Malta) Ltd.MT-49JMLNEW

(Source: Transport Malta, 5-Dec-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-BOG Gulfstream G450 (c/n. 4106), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd. (ex 4L-GAF)
  • 9H-FMF 9H-FMF' Piper PA-31 Navajo (c/n. 31-245), registered to IMAO, France
(Source: Transport Malta, 5-Dec-2017)

Sunday, December 3, 2017

French Navy FS Premier-Maitre L'Her recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Premier-Maitre L'Her (F 792) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Thursday, Dec. 7th (3-Dec-2017)

Friday, December 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: 

  • 9H-LBI Boeing B737-300 (c/n. 28669/2897), registered to AFD ABL Aviation 28669 Ltd., British Virgin Island. (ex PZ-TCO)
  • 9H-ZRH Cessna 525A CtiationJet CJ2 (c/n. 525A-0340), registered to Helispirit S.A., Luxembourg 
(Source: Transport Malta, 29-Nov-2017)

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fincantieri redelivers upgraded OPV P61 to AFM

Fincantieri delivered Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPv) P61 to the Armed Forces of Malta, following upgrading activities carried out at the Group's dry-docking facility within the Port of Genoa.

The aim of the works, which lasted about six months, was to improve the reaction capability of the vessel. The upgrade included the installation of a new main propulsion plant, other machinery and equipment as well as the overhaul of most of the ship’s on board systems.  

OPV P61 is over 53m long and was built and delivered by Fincantieri's shipyard of Muggiano to the Armed Forces of Malta in 2005. It is a modified variant of the Diciotti-Class patrol boat, built by Fincantieri for the Italian Coast Guard.

The upgrading project was co-financed by the European Union Internal Security Fund. (Source: Fincantieri, 27-Nov-2017)

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Air Malta to launch scheduled service between Malta and Lisbon next March

As from Mar. 25th, 2018, Air Malta shall be operating a twice-weekly scheduled service between Malta and Lisbon (Portugal) every Thursday and Sunday, as follows:

KM594 18:40 MLA-LIS 20:55
KM595 21:45 LIS-MLA 01:45

KM594 12:15 MLA-LIS 14:20
KM595 15:10 LIS-MLA 19:10

Go Light and fly with us from just 39€ one-way (out of Malta) and 49€ one-way (departing Lisbon). (Source: AirMalta, 28-Nov-2017) 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Air Nostrum acquires majority shareholding in Medavia Operations Co. Ltd.

An agreement has been reached between Mediterranean Aviation Co. Ltd (Medavia) and Air Nostrum for Air Nostrum to acquire 51% shareholding in Mediterranean Aviation Operations Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of Medavia which holds the air operator’s certificate. 

This agreement does not affect in any way Medavia assets, including employees and aircraft but provides an opportunity for the creation of new business for both shareholding companies.

Air Nostrum is a Spanish regional carrier operating flights within EU and through this acquisition will cover new geographical areas. The same opportunity for Medavia to increase its flights within the EU through its regional charters is further strengthened. (Source: Medavia, 24-Nov-2017)

Friday, November 24, 2017

Small Fly Co. Ltd to start cargo flts between Lamezia and Malta IAP from Nov. 28th

As from Nov. 28th, Maltese company Small Fly Co. Ltd will start operating a cargo flight between Lamezia-Terme (Italy) and Malta International Airport twice a week. 

Flights (operated with ATR-72F) will be arriving at Malta IAP at 5:55 a.m. and departing to Lamezia Terme Airport at 6:55 a.m., with interconnections to and from Milan-Linate and Rome-Fiumicino airports. 

This new flight is only the early stage of a broader project contemplating to expand the Small Fly cargo activities all over Europe, aiming at five cargo flights a week between Italy and Malta, since the beginning of 2018. (Source: Small Fly, 23-Nov-2017)