Thursday, June 22, 2017

Zagros Airlines signs a MoU for 28 new Airbus aircraft

Zagros Airlines, one of the leading domestic airlines in Iran, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus at the 52nd Le Bourget Paris for the acquisition of 28 new aircraft, covering 20 A320neo and 8 A330neo aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 22-Jun-2017)

Ruili Airlines signs MoU 20 737 MAX airplanes

Boeing and Ruili Airlines today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 20 737 MAX airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The airplanes, valued at approximately $2.2 billion at current list prices, will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared. (Source: Boeing, 22-Jun-2017)

Boeing unveils Tassili Airlines as the undisclosed customer for three B738s

Boeing and Tassili Airlines today announced an order for three Next-Generation 737-800 airplanes, valued at over $294 million at list prices, at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The order was previously attributed to an undisclosed customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website. (Source: Boeing, 22-Jun-2017)

Undisclosed major airline signs for up to 175 737 MAX 8s

Boeing has signed an agreement with an undisclosed major airline customer for 125 737 MAX 8 airplanes, valued at more than $14 billion at list prices. The agreement also includes purchase rights for an additional 50 airplanes. The agreement will be reflected on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 22-Jun-2017)

French Navy FS Thetis recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning for a visit of a few hours. This was her fifth port-call in Valletta this year. She was berthed at Wine wharf during her brief visit. (22-Jun-2017)

Wizz Air signs contract for ten additional A321ceos

Wizz Air Holdings plc, with its subsidiary Wizz Air, has signed a firm contract for 10 A321ceos. The aircraft will be powered by IAE International Aero Engines AG's V2500. Wizz Air's current fleet comprises 83 A320 family aircraft (64 A320 and 19 A321). The average aircraft age of 4.4 years is one of the youngest fleets of any major European airline. Wizz Air also has an order with Airbus for 110 new technology A321neo aircraft with advanced systems and engines for delivery from 2019. (Source: Airbus, 21-Jun-2017)

Hi Fly places its first direct firm order with Airbus for two A332s.

Hi Fly has placed its first direct firm order with Airbus for two A330-200s. Hi Fly is an all-Airbus operator and the two additional A330s will join its existing fleet of 14 Airbus widebody aircraft. The new A330s will feature a two-class cabin layout, seating 18 passengers in business and 256 in economy. (Source: Airbus, 21-Jun-2017)

Xiamen Airlines signs MoU for ten 737 MAX 10s

Boeing and Xiamen Airlines announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the 2017 Paris Air Show today for ten 737 MAX 10 airplanes, valued at $1.2 billion at list prices. Xiamen Airlines will become one of the launch customers for the 737 MAX 10. (Source: Boeing, 21-Jun-2017)

EL AL Israel Airlines finalizes order for three additional 787 Dreamliners

Boeing and EL AL Israel Airlines today finalized an order for three 787 Dreamliners at the 2017 Paris Air Show, firming up additional commitments originally announced in 2015. Valued at more than $729 million at current list prices, the order includes two 787-8s and one 787-9. EL AL now has six unfilled orders for 787s, with lease agreements in place for a further seven Dreamliners. (Source: Boeing, 21-Jun-2017) 

ALC signs MoU 12 737 MAXs

Boeing and Air Lease Corp. (ALC) announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 12 737 MAXs at the Paris Air Show. The MoU includes five 737 MAX 7s and seven 737 MAX 8s. The agreement will be reflected on the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 21-Jun-2017)

Ethiopian Airlines places repeat order for ten A359

Ethiopian Airlines, the largest airline in Africa, has placed an order for ten additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Last June, Ethiopian Airlines became the first African carrier to operate the A350 when it took delivery of the first of 12 aircraft in order. Today the carrier operates a fleet of four A350s, two of which are on lease. 

Ethiopian Airlines' A359s are configured in a two class layout seating 30 passengers in Business Class and 313 in Economy Class. The spacious, quiet interior and mood lighting in the cabin contribute to superior levels of passenger comfort and well-being. (Source: Airbus, 20-Jun-2017)

Delta orders ten more A321s

After announcing orders for 30 incremental Airbus A321ceo aircraft just last month, Atlanta, Georgia (U.S.)-based Delta Air Lines has placed an order for ten more of the aircraft. The agreement was announced today at the Paris Air Show. Like previous Delta orders for the A321, the ten aircraft announced today are for the Current Engine Option version of the largest Airbus A320 Family member. Delta now has ordered a total of 122 A321s, each powered by CFM56 engines from CFM International. (Source: Airbus, 20-Jun-2017)

Viva Air signs MoU to 50 A320 Family aircraft

Viva Air, the Latin America low cost carrier group owned by Irelandia Aviation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for 50 A320 Family aircraft, comprising 35 A320neo and 15 A320ceo. The agreement paves the way for the group’s airlines VivaColombia and Viva Air Peru to base its fleet renewal and network growth on the A320 Family. (Source: Airbus, 20-Jun-2017)

CDB Aviation signs MoU for 45 A320neo family aircraft

Dublin based CDB Aviation Lease Finance DAC (CDB Aviation) has become Airbus' latest customer for the A320neo signs a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for 45 aircraft, consisting of 30 A320neos and 15 A321neos. Cabin configuration and engine choice will be made at a later date. In addition, 15 A320neo positions from CDB Aviation's previous order will be converted to A321neo aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 20-Jun-2017)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Ethiopian Airlines commits to purchase two 777 Freighters

Boeing and Ethiopian Airlines today announced a commitment to purchase two 777 Freighters at the 2017 Paris Air Show, valued at $651.4 million at list prices. The order will be reflected on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website once it has been finalized. The airline also announced an order for ten additional 737 MAX 8 airplanes, exercising options from their 2014 order. Ethiopian now has firm orders for 30 737 MAX 8s. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

Japan Investment Adviser commits to order ten 737 MAX 8s

Boeing and Tokyo-based Japan Investment Adviser Co. Ltd. today announced at the Paris Air Show a commitment to purchase ten Boeing 737 MAX 8s. The commitment, valued at $1.12 billion at current list prices, will become JIA's first direct purchase of new airplanes. The order will be reflected on Boeing's Orders and Deliveries website once it has been finalized. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

CALC orders 50 737 MAXs

Boeing and China Aircraft Leasing Group (CALC) today announced an order for 50 737 MAX airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The agreement includes an order for 15 of the new 737 MAX 10, which was launched Monday at the show. This order is CALC's first direct purchase from Boeing, with a value of $5.8 billion at list prices. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

AZAL commits to order four 787-8 Dreamliners

Boeing and Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) today announced a commitment for four 787-8 Dreamliners at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The announcement, valued at $918 million at list prices, will be posted to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

Ryanair finalizes order for ten additional 737 MAXs

Boeing and Ryanair finalized an order today for ten additional 737 MAXs at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The order is valued at more than $1.1 billion at current list prices. The Irish low-cost carrier now has 110 unfilled orders with 100 options for the higher capacity 737 MAX 8, as well as 65 Next-Generation 737-800s. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

Boeing unveils Blue Air as the unidentified customer for six 737 MAXs on order

Boeing and Blue Air today announced an order for six 737 MAX airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The order was previously attributed to an unidentified customer on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website. The Romanian carrier will also lease a further six 737 MAXs and six Next-Generation 737-800s from Air Lease Corp. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

Avolon signs MoU for up for 125 737 MAX 8s

Boeing and Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 75 737 MAX 8s at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The commitment, valued at $8.4 billion at list prices, will bolster Avolon's single-aisle portfolio to meet growing customer demand in that market segment. The MOU also includes purchase rights for an additional 50 737 MAX 8s. The agreement will be reflected on the Boeing orders and deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

Okay Airways orders 15 737 MAXs

Boeing and Okay Airways announced today an order for 15 737 MAX airplanes, valued at $1.8 billion at current list prices. The order consists of eight 737 MAX 10s and seven 737 MAX 8s. Okay Airways becomes one of the launch customers of the 737 MAX 10, the newest member of the MAX family. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

ACG orders for 20 737 MAX 10s

Boeing and Aviation Capital Group (ACG) today announced an order for 20 737 MAX 10 airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The order, valued at $2.49 billion at list prices, adds ACG to the growing launch group of the newest, largest member of the 737 MAX family. (Source: Boeing, 20-Jun-2017)

Bombardier unveils Ethiopian Airlines as previously undisclosed customer that ordered five Q400s

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise is the previously undisclosed customer that signed a firm purchase agreement for five additional Q400 turboprop aircraft. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the contract is valued at approximately US$162 million. (Source: Bombardier, 20-Jun-2017)

Spicejet signs LOi for up to 50 Q400s

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today from the International Paris Air Show, that it has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with SpiceJet of Gurgaon, India for up to 50 Q400 turboprop airliners. The LOI includes 25 Q400 turboprops and purchase rights on an additional 25 aircraft. Based on the Q400 turboprop list price, an order could be valued at up to US$1.7 billion. (Source: Bombardier, 20-Jun-2017)

Sino-US Intercontinental signs for 17 Leonardo helos

Leonardo and Sino-US Intercontinental Helicopter Investment (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. announce during an official ceremony held at the Paris Air Show, the signing of a contract for the purchase of 17 helicopters comprising two AW-119Kx single engine, ten AW-109 Trekker light twin and five AW-139 intermediate twin engine models. The order is valued in excess of €100 million, with deliveries starting later this year. (Source: Leonardo, 20-Jun-2016)

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

ALC inks order for 12 additional A321neo aircraft

Air Lease Corp. (ALC), the Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company has signed a firm order for 12 additional A321neo aircraft at the 52nd Paris International Airshow. The incremental order takes the number of aircraft which ALC has taken delivery of or ordered from Airbus to 279, of which 70 are widebodies and 209 single-aisles. (Source: Airbus, 19-Jun-2017)

Lion Air Group commits for 50 737 MAX 10s

Boeing and the Lion Air Group today announced a commitment for 50 737 MAX 10 airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The announcement, valued at approximately $6.24 billion at list prices, will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 19-Jun-2017)

ALAFCO commits for 20 737 MAX 8s

Boeing and Kuwait-based ALAFCO Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) announced a commitment for 20 737 MAX 8s at the 2017 Paris Airshow, valued at $2.2 billion at current list prices. (Source: Boeing, 19-Jun-2017)

AerCap orders 30 787-9 Dreamliners

Boeing and AerCap today announced an order for 30 787-9 Dreamliners at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The agreement, valued at $8.1 billion at list prices, makes AerCap the largest customer for the 787 Dreamliner. (Source: Boeing, 19-Jun-2017)

SpiceJet signs MoU for 40 737 MAX airplanes

Boeing and SpiceJet today signed a memorandum of understanding for 40 737 MAX airplanes. The agreement, valued at $4.7 billion at current list prices, is split evenly between 20 new orders for the 737 MAX 10 and conversions of 20 of the low-cost carrier's 737 MAX 8 airplanes from its existing order to 737 MAX 10s. The order will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 19-Jun-2017)

Tibet Financial Leasing signs MoU for 20 737 MAXs

Boeing and Tibet Financial Leasing today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 20 737 MAX airplanes at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The airplanes, including 737 MAX 10 and 737 MAX 8 airplanes, are valued at approximately $2.5 billion at current list prices. (Source: Boeing, 19-Jun-2017)

Philippine Airlines orders seven additional Bombardier Q400s

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today, from the International Paris Air Show, that it has signed an agreement with Philippine Airlines, Inc. for the exercise of its seven Q400 aircraft purchase rights. This latest rights exercise brings Philippine Airlines’ total firm order to twelve Q400 aircraft. The original order for five firm Q400 with purchase rights for an additional seven was previously announced on December 8, 2016. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US $ 235 million.

China's Tianju signs LOI for ten ATR 42-600s

ATR, the world's leading manufacturer of turboprop aircraft, and Shaanxi Tianju Investment Group (Tianju) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the purchase  of ten ATR 42-600s to develop commuter service in Xinjiang, China. The first deliveries are expected to start as soon as possible in 2018. (Source: ATR, 19-Jun-2017)

China’s Hantong signs LOI for three ATR 42-600s

ATR, the world's leading manufacturer of turboprop aircraft, and Xuzhou Hantong Aviation Development Co. Ltd. (Hantong) have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to purchase three ATR 42-600s to develop commuter services in the province of Jiangsu, China. The first deliveries are expected to start as soon as possible in 2018. (Source: ATR, 19-Jun-2017)

Monday, June 19, 2017

GECAS orders 100 A320neo aircraft

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of General Electric has signed a firm order for 100 A320neo Family aircraft at the 52nd International Paris Air Show. GECAS has selected CFM's LEAP-X engine for all 100 A320neo Family aircraft. This new order brings the total number of Airbus aircraft ordered by GECAS to almost 600 aircraft. Of these 220 are A320neo Family aircraft. (Source: Airbus, 19-Jun-2017)

BOC Aviation signs MoU for ten 737 MAX 10s

Boeing and BOC Aviation Limited announced a memorandum of understanding for ten 737 MAX 10 airplanes, subject to internal approvals, today at the 2017 Paris Air Show. The announcement is valued at approximately $1.25 billion at list prices and will be posted to the Boeing Orders and Deliveries website once finalized. (Source: Boeing, 19-Jun-2017)

CDB Aviation signs MoU for 52 737 MAXs and eight 787-9s

Boeing and CDB Aviation Lease Finance (CDB Aviation) today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 42 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 10s and eight 787-9 Dreamliners at the 2017 Paris Air Show. With this commitment, valued at $7.4 billion at list prices. (Source: Boeing, 19-Jun-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 second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 21st. (19-Jun-2017)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

USN destroyer USS Fitzgerald collides with merchant vessel at sea

The USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), a U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, collided with the shipping vessel ACX Crystal about 56 miles south of Yokosuka, Japan today at 02:30 local time.

The Fitzgerald is badly damaged, with the starboard side of the ship's forward superstructure, right below its bridge and SPY-1 phased array radars, punched completely in. As of this time, there have been two patients requiring medical evacuation. One was Cmdr. B. Benson, Fitzgerald's commanding officer. Other injured are being assessed. There are seven sailors unaccounted for. 

Although Fitzgerald is under her own power, USS Dewey (DDG 105) got underway this morning as well as several U.S. Navy aircraft, and will join Japanese Coast Guard and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopters, ships and aircraft to render whatever assistance may be required (Source: thedrive.com & c7f.navy.mil, 17-Jun-2017) [Video]

Huntington Ingalls received contract for the construction of helicopter assault carrier LHA 8

Huntington Ingalls is being awarded a $3 billion fixed-price-incentive modification to a previously awarded competitive contract (N00024-16-C-2427) to exercise options for the procurement of the detail, design, and construction of Landing Helicopter Assault (LHA) Replacement (LHA(R)) Flight 1 Amphibious Assault Ship (LHA 8). Work is expected to be completed by January 2024. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 16-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Australia officially receives first air warfare destroyer Hobart

The Australian Ministry of Defense accepted delivery of its first Aegis-equipped air warfare destroyer, Hobart, in a ceremony today at the Osborne naval shipyard.
Hobart is the first of three destroyers being built and integrated by the AWD Alliance which comprises the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia and ASC with support from Navantia.
In the coming months, Hobart will transit from Adelaide to Sydney where she will be commissioned into service by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) later this year. (Source: navaltoday.com, 16-Jun-2017)

Royal Navy HMS Echo (H 87) recalls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy Echo-class survey vessel HMS Echo (H 87) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her third port-call in Valletta Port this year.

The British survey vessel is currently deployed in the Mediterranean and assigned to E.U. Naval Force Mediterranean (Operation Sofia). 

HMS Echo is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 21st. (16-Jun-2017)

Saab’s Gripen E completes maiden flight

Defence and security company Saab today completed a successful first flight of the next generation smart fighter, Gripen E. At 10:32, Gripen E took off on its maiden flight, flown by a Saab test pilot. The aircraft (designation 39-8) left from Saab’s airfield in Linköping, Sweden and flew over the eastern parts of Östergötland for 40-mins. During the flight, the aircraft carried out a number of actions to demonstrate various test criteria including the retracting and extending of the landing gear. (Source: SAAB, 15-Jun-2017)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bangladesh signs contract for five Mi-171Sh helos

The contract signing ceremony for procurement of five Mi-171Sh military transport helicopters between Bangladesh Air force and Russia was held yesteraday at Air Headquarters.  The present government has taken various steps to modernise Bangladesh Air Force (BAF). In this development process, government has taken steps to induct Mi-171Sh in BAF. The said helicopters will be used in U.N. Peacekeeping operations. (Source: Bangladesh Ministry of Defence, 13-Jun-2017)

Wednesday, June 14, 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-AGJ - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 163), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-FXR)
  • 9H-DTY - Gulfstream G650 (c/n. 6146, registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex D-AYSM)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 14-Jun-2017)

Everbright Financial Leasing signs deal for 30 C919s

The Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) has won orders for 30 C919s from China's Everbright Financial Leasing. According to a statement, both companies signed the deal today in Beijing. (Source: atwonline.com, 13-Jun-2017)

French Navy FS Thetis recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy auxiliary vessel FS Thetis (A 785) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) yesterday evening on a courtesy visit. This is her fourth visit in Valletta Port this year.

The French mine-warfare experimentation vessel is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Jun. 17th. (14-Jun-2017)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Romanian MiG-21 crashes during ‘Thracian Eagle 2017’

A Romanian Air Force MiG-21 crashed today in Constanta County during manoeuvres being held as part of the Thracian Eagle 2017 exercise with counterparts from Bulgaria, media in Bucharest said, quoting the Romanian defence ministry. The pilot, Lieutenant-Commander A. Stancu, ejected and parachuted. After being given first aid, he was taken to hospital where he was reported to be in stable condition.

The crash happened after the MiG-21 had been in flight for more than an hour. As Stancu was carrying out landing manoeuvres, he reported that the fighter was undergoing major engine failure and he ejected. The aircraft crashed outside inhabited areas. The crash is being investigated by Romanian military prosecutors. There will be a formal commission of inquiry, to be appointed by the chief of the Romanian AF staff. (Source: sofiaglobe.com, 12-Jun-2017)

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

As the summer months set in, traffic at Malta IAP continued on its upward trend picked up over the past months, with May registering an increase of 14.4% in passenger numbers over the same time last year.

Malta IAP hosted a total of 548,354 travellers in May, with over 68,000 more travellers welcomed last month when compared to 2016. This increase in passenger numbers is equivalent to an extra 12 commercial aircraft carrying a full load of 180 passengers every day last month.

This growth was fueled by an upturn of 12.5% in aircraft movements and 15.1% in seat capacity. On the other hand, seat load factor, which measures airlines' efficiency in filling seats, decreased marginally by 0.9% and stood at 80.5%.

The airport's top five markets have remained unchanged during the past months, with the U.K. topping the list followed by Italy, Germany, France, and Belgium. All of these markets registered varying levels of growth, starting from a 10.0% increase on German destinations and reaching 132% for traffic from Brussels. (Source: maltairport.com, Jun-2017)

Monday, June 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-MACBoeing B737-500 (c/n. 24968/1975), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex G-UMAR)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 9-Jun-2017)

Sunday, June 11, 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 third 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-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 14th. (11-Jun-2017)

USN commissions LCS USS Gabrielle Giffords

USS Gabrielle Giffords (LCS 10), the Navy's newest littoral combat ship (LCS), was brought to life by her crew before a crowd of nearly 2,500 guests at Pier 21 at the Port of Galveston, Jun. 10th. Adm. W. Moran, Vice Chief of Naval Operations, delivered the ceremony's principal address before officially commissioning the ship into service.  Following the commissioning, Dr. J. Biden, the ship's sponsor and wife of former Vice President J. Biden, gave the time-honored Navy tradition of ordering the crew to "man our ship and bring her to life!" (Source: U.S. Navy, 10-Jun-2017)

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Boeing receives contract for 38 Apaches for U.K.

Boeing was awarded a $410.9 million modification (P00008) to foreign military sales (U.K.) contract W58RGZ-16-C-0023 for 38 Apache aircraft, three Longbow crew trainers, and associated spares. Work has an estimated completion date of Feb. 28th, 2023. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 9-Jun-2017)

Undisclosed customer order five Bombardier Q400s

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that it has concluded a firm order for five Q400 aircraft with an undisclosed customer. Based on the list price of the Q400 aircraft, the order is valued at approximately US$162 million. (Source: Bombardier, 9-Jun-2017)

HII launches future USS Indiana submarine

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that the Virginia-class submarine Indiana (SSN 789) was launched into the James River at the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. Indiana was moved out of a construction facility into a floating dry dock using a transfer car system. 

The floating dry dock was submerged, and the submarine was launched into the James River. The approximately 7,800-ton submarine was moved to the shipyard's submarine pier, where final outfitting, testing and crew certification will take place. (Source: Huntington Ingalls Industries, 9-Jun-2017)

Austal launches future USNS City of Bismarck EPF

The U.S. Navy’s ninth expeditionary fast transport vessel (EPF) USNS City of Bismarck (EPF 9) was launched in Mobile, Alabama, on Jun. 7th. Prior to her launch, USNS City of Bismarck was rolled out of her assembly bay onto a barge for transfer down the Mobile River to a floating drydock at BAE Shipyard which helped the EPF enter water. All of this takes place over the course of two days. (Source: navaltoday.com, 9-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 9, 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-RSS - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9727), registered to Emperor Aviation Ltd. (ex C-FJXY)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-FWW - Raytheon Aircraft Co. Beech 390 Premier I (c/n. RB-131), registered to Europ-Star Ltd. 
(Source: Transport Malta, 8-Jun-2017)

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE Eithne calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service patrol vessel LE Eithne (P 31) 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 on Monday, Jun. 12th. (8-Jun-2017)

Cebu Pacific orders seven additional A321s

Cebu Pacific of the Philippines has placed an order with Airbus for seven A321ceo to meet ongoing strong growth on its domestic and regional network. The latest contract comes on top of an existing order for 32 A321neo. The aircraft will start joining the carrier’s fleet next year. (Source: Airbus, 7-Jun-2017)

Myanmar AF Shaanxi Y-8 crashes into Andaman Sea

Bodies and debris have been found in the water after a Myanmar military plane vanished over the Andaman Sea with 122 soldiers, family members and crew on board, the military said in a statement.

Three bodies were found by a navy ship 35km from the southern costal town of Launglon, the military said. A plane wheel that was believed to be from the Chinese-made Y-8-200F transport plane was also found, the statement said.

The military transport plane had been flying from southern Myanmar to Yangon when contact was lost on Wednesday afternoon. There were fears it may have crashed into the ocean, since its route would have taken it over the Andaman Sea.

General Myat Min Oo earlier said the Chinese-made Y-8 turboprop aircraft was carrying 106 passengers – mostly families of military personnel – and 14 crew members when it went missing on Wednesday afternoon. It is not unusual for such flights to carry civilians to offset transportation costs for military families stationed in the somewhat remote south. (Source: theguardian.com, 7-Jun-2017)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

French Navy FS Thetis recalls 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. This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.

The French mine-warfare experimentation vessel is presently berthing alongside at Magazine wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port tomorrow, Jun. 8th. (7-Jun-2017)

Tuesday, June 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-FOX - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 185), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-GAC)
  • 9H-JAI - Airbus A340-300 (c/n. 236), registered to Hi Fly Ltd. (ex EI-GAD)
Cancellation/s: none

(Source: Transport Malta, 2-Jun-2017)

Monday, June 5, 2017

U.K. Border Force HMC Protector calls at Valletta Port

The United Kingdom's Border Force cutter HMC Protector sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) early this morning on a courtesy visit. 

The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Coal wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Jun. 7th. (5-Jun-2017)

Friday, June 2, 2017

French Navy FS Thetis recalls 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. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.

The French mine-warfare experimentation vessel is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf, and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, Jun. 5th. (2-Jun-2017)

USN takes delivery of the future USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) aircraft carrier in Newport News, Virginia, May 31st. Delivery followed the ship's successful completion of acceptance trials May 26st. Ford is the lead ship of its class and the first new-design aircraft carrier delivered to the Navy since USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 1975. The future USS Gerald R. Ford honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service to the nation in the Navy and in the U.S. government.

Ford will be commissioned into the fleet this summer, formally placing the ship into active service. Following this, there will be a "shakedown" period where the ship will conduct several at-sea events to provide longer underway periods for the ship's crew to operate and train on ship's systems. In addition, planned deferred work will be performed, and any deficiencies identified during trials will be addressed during in-port periods. Ford is expected to be operational in 2020 following achievement of initial operational capability. (Source: U.S. Navy, 1-Jun-2016)

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sriwijaya B733 overruns runway on landing at Manokwari, nose gear collapses

A Sriwijaya Boeing 737-300 (PK-CJC), performing flight SJ-570 from Sorong to Manokwari (Indonesia) with 146 passengers and six crew, landed on Manokwari's RWY 35 in rain at about 09:10L (00:10Z) and overran the end of the runway coming to a stop with the nose gear collapsed about 30m past the end of the runway on soft ground. The occupants were evacuated. There were no injuries, the aircraft substained substantial damage. (Source: avherald.com, 31-May-2017)

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)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Italian Navy decommissions two more Minerva-class corvettes

The Italian Navy retired two Minerva-class corvettes, ITS Fenice (F 557) and ITS Sfinge (F 554), during a May 29th ceremony at the Augusta Naval Base. The formal flag-lowering ceremony, attended by Italian Navy Chief of Staff Admiral V. Girardelli and the Commander in Chief Admiral D. Marzano, marked the end of almost 30 years of service for the corvettes.
With the decommissioning of Fenice and Sfinge, the Italian Navy’s Minerva-class of eight boats is now left with only two active vessels, ITS Driade and ITS Chimera. ITS Fenice and ITS Sfinge will be recycled unlike their four predecessors which were sold to Bangladesh and now serve as Leader-class offshore patrol vessels with the Bangladesh Coast Guard. (Source: navaltoday.com, 30-May-2017)

Monday, May 29, 2017

Irkut's MC-21-300 completes its first flight

Irkut Corporation's first MC-21-300 commercial aircraft has completed its maiden flight today. The duration of the flight was 30-mins at the altitude of 1000m, at the speed of 300-km/h.

The flight plan included checking of in-flight stability and controllability, and also the controllability of the power plant. According to the program, during the flight a simulated landing approach was performed, followed by a flight over the runway, climbing and turning. This technique is typical for the maiden flight of new types of aircraft.

The aircraft was piloted by the crew commander O. Kononenko, test pilot, and the co-pilot R Taskayev, test-pilot. Kononenko reported, "flight mission is accomplished. The flight went in the normal mode. There are no obstacles revealed preventing the tests continuation". Taskayev noted, that ''characteristics and operational modes of the power plant are confirmed, all aircraft systems operated without glitches.'' (Source: Irkut Corporation, 28-May-2017)

USN takes delivery of future USS Washington submarine

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of the future USS Washington (SSN 787), the 14th submarine of the Virginia-class, May 26th. Washington is the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines and the seventh of the class to be delivered to the Navy by Huntington Ingalls Industries - Newport News Shipbuilding in Newport News, Virginia.

Washington began construction in September 2011 and will be commissioned later this year in Norfolk, Virginia. The submarine's sponsor is E. Mabus, daughter of the 75th Secretary of the Navy R. Mabus. Washington will be the third U.S. Navy ship, and first submarine, to be commissioned with a name honoring the State of Washington. (Source: U.S. Navy, 27-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)

Lockheed Martin's first LM-100J completes first flight

The first Lockheed Martin LM-100J commercial freighter aircraft achieved a critical milestone with the completion of its first flight here today. This first flight followed the same test flight route over North Georgia and Alabama that is used for all C-130J Super Hercules aircraft. The LM-100J will complete initial production flight tests and then begin Federal Aviation Administration type certificate update flight test requirements. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 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)

Airbus Corporate Jets launches ACJ330neo

Airbus Corporate Jets has launched a private jet version of its new A330neo, which combines new-generation engines and aerodynamic and other improvements to deliver even more comfort, efficiency and true "nonstop to the world" range. Called the ACJ330neo, it will fly 25 passengers 9,400-nm/17,400-km or 20 hours, enough to fly nonstop from Europe to Australia. Featuring a very spacious cabin the ACJ330neo readily accommodates conference/dining areas, a private office, bedroom, bathroom and guest seating, and can be fully customised to suit customer needs. (Source: Airbus, 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)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Severnaya Verf SY launches second Project 18280 intelligence-gathering ship for Russian Navy

Russian Navy's second Project 18280 intelligence-gathering ship Ivan Khurs was launched during a ceremony held at St. Petersburg’s Severnaya Verf Shipyard on May 16th. Ivan Khurs is the second of overall four planned vessels in the Yury Ivanov-class.

Named after Russian Vice-Admiral Ivan Khurs, the vessel is 95m long and displaces 4000 tons. It has a cruising range of 8000 nautical miles and is crewed by 131 sailors. Project 18280 ships are used for signals intelligence and electronic warfare in addition to fleet management roles. (Source: navaltoday.com, 17-May-2017)

Lockheed Martin-led team lays keel on 19th littoral combat ship for USN

The Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT]-led industry team officially laid the keel for the U.S. Navy's 19th Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), the future USS St. Louis, in a ceremony held at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wisconsin.

Ship sponsor B. Broadhurst Taylor completed the time-honored tradition and authenticated the keel by welding her initials onto a steel plate that will be placed in the hull of the ship. (Source: Lockheed Martin, 17-May-2017)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

European Commission updates the E.U. Air Safety List

Today the European Commission updated the E.U. Air Safety List, the list of non-European airlines that do not meet international safety standards, and are therefore subject to an operating ban or operational restrictions within the European Union.

Following today's update, all airlines certified in Benin and Mozambique are cleared from the list, following further improvements to the aviation safety situation in these countries. On the other hand, the airlines Med-View (Nigeria), Mustique Airways (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Aviation Company Urga (Ukraine) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe) were added to the list due to unaddressed safety deficiencies that were detected by the European Aviation Safety Agency during the assessment for a third country operator authorisation.

Following today's update, a total of 181 airlines are banned from E.U. skies:
  • 174 airlines certified in 16 states, due to a lack of safety oversight by the aviation authorities from these states.
  • Seven individual airlines, based on safety concerns with regard to these airlines themselves: Iran Aseman Airlines (Iran), Iraqi Airways (Iraq) and Blue Wing Airlines (Suriname), Med-View Airlines (Nigeria), Mustique Airways (St Vincent and the Grenadines), Aviation Company Urga (Ukraine) and Air Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe).
An additional six airlines are subject to operational restrictions and can only fly to the E.U. with specific aircraft types: Afrijet and Nouvelle Air Affaires SN2AG (Gabon), Air Koryo (Democratic People's Republic of Korea), Air Service Comores (the Comoros), Iran Air (Iran) and TAAG Angola Airlines (Angola). (Source: europa.eu, 16-May-2017)

Boeing delivers its first 737 MAX to customer

Boeing today marked the first delivery of the new 737 MAX. The airplane, a 737 MAX 8, was handed over to Malindo Air at the Seattle Delivery Center. The Malaysia-based airline will be the first to put the 737 MAX into commercial service. (Source: Boeing, 16-May-2017)

General Atomics receives contract for 36 MQ-9 Reapers

General Atomics has been awarded a $399,979,895 firm-fixed-price contract for MQ-9 Reaper production. Contractor will produce 36 MQ-9 Reaper aircraft in the fiscal 2016 production configuration. Work is expected to be complete by Aug. 31ST, 2020. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity (FA8620-15-G-4040 0001). (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 16-May-2017)

Northrop Grumman receives contract for three MQ-4C Tritons

Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. is being awarded $303,936,000 for modification P00017 to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive contract (N00019-15-C-0002) for the procurement of three low-rate initial production Lot 2 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft.  In addition, this modification provides for one main operation control station, one forward operation control station, trade studies, and tooling. Work is expected to be completed in April 2021. U.S. Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting. (Source: U.S. Department of Defense, 16-May-2017)

Singapore signs contract to acquire two more submarines

The Ministry of Defence has signed a contract with ThyssenKrupp Marine System GmBH to acquire two additional Type 218SG submarines. The contract includes a logistics package and a crew training arrangement in Germany.

Tailored to meet the RSN's unique operational requirements, the Type 218SG submarines incorporate design innovation and advanced maintenance and engineering concepts to optimise training, operation and maintenance costs. (Source: Singapore Ministry of Defence, 16-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)