Thursday, November 23, 2017

Emirates B77W diverts to Malta IAP due to a medical emergency

An Emirates Boeing B777-300ER (A6-EGE), performing flight EK-220 between Orlando IAP (U.S.A.) and Dubia IAP (U.A.E.), had to divert to Malta Int'l Airport this morning due to a medical emergency on board. The B77W continued with its flight to Dubai after 3-hrs and 40-mins on the ground. (23-Nov-2017)

Wednesday, November 22, 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 third visit in Valletta Port this year.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Sunday, Nov. 26th (22-Nov-2017)

Tuesday, November 21, 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-GJC - Embraer ERJ-190-100 ECJ (c/n. 19000243), registered to Comlux Malta Ltd. (ex N65GJ)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-MYU - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5751), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (rrg N917RS)
(Source: Transport Malta, 20-Nov-2017)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Air Malta Frankfurt flight delayed overnight due to technical trouble

An Air Malta flight from Frankfurt scheduled for yesterday evening never took off after the aircraft was grounded due to technical problems.  KM-329 was due to leave Frankfurt airport at 2010lt, but ran into technical trouble and required repairs.  Engineers were unable to fix the problem by the time the airport closed at 2300lt, forcing passengers to spend an extra night in Germany. 

Passengers and cabin crew spent the night in nearby hotels courtesy of the airline and were offered dinner, an Air Malta spokesman said.  Repair work resumed early this morning and the flight is expected to leave after the aircraft successfully completes a series of engine runs. 

Air Malta apologised for the inconvenience due to circumstances beyond its control, saying that it gave the utmost importance to the safety of its passengers and staff. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 20-Nov-2017)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

U.K. Royal Navy HMS Monmouth calls at Valletta Port

The U.K. Royal Navy Duke-class frigate HMS Monmouth (F 235) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  The British frigate is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf and she has on board an AgustaWestland AW-159 Wildcat HMA.2 helicopter (ZZ533).  HMS Monmouth is expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Nov. 21st. (18-Nov-2017)

U.K. Royal Navy HMS Echo calls at Valletta Port

The U.K. Royal Navy Echo-class survey vessel HMS Echo (H 87) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.  The British survey is presently berthing alongside at Factory wharf and she's is expected to sail from Valletta Port on Wednesday, Nov. 22nd. (18-Nov-2017)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Italian Navy ITS Caio Duilio calls at Valletta Port

The Italian Navy Andrea Doria-class destroyer ITS Caio Duilio (D 554) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.  This is the first ever visit of an Andrea Doria-class destroyer in Valletta Port.  The Italian destroyer is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-1 wharf and she has on board an NHIndustries SH-90A helicopter (MM81599/3-24).  ITS Caio Diulio is expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Nov. 17th (15-Nov-2017)

Sunday, November 12, 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 afternoon on a courtesy visit.  This is her second visit in Valletta Port this year.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Nov. 17th. (12-Nov-2017)

Saturday, November 11, 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 second 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, Nov. 15th. (11-Nov-2017)

Friday, November 10, 2017

Five flights bound to Malta IAP divert to airports in Sicily & Tunisia due to bad weather over Malta

A severe thunderstorm over the Maltese Island this afternoon has forced five aircraft en route to Malta IAP to divert to Palermo and Catania-Fontanarossa in Sicily, Italy and Tunis-Carthage in Tunisia.
  • SAS Scandinavia Airlines Airbus A320-200N (SE-DOZ), operating flight SK-1845 between Stockholm-Arlanda (Sweden) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly five-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • British Airways Airbus A320-200 (G-GATL), operating flight BA-2644 between London-Gatwick (U.K.) and Malta IAP, diverted to Catania. The flight will then continue to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly three hours.
  • Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-FRW), operating flight FR-2411 between East Midlands (U.K.) and Malta IAP, diverted to Catania. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly three hours. 
  • Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-DYF), operating flight FR-7796 between Marseille (France) and Malta IAP, diverted to Catania. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 2-hrs 20-mins. 
  • Air Malta A320-200 (9H-AHR), operating flight KM-515 between Vienna (Austria) and Malta IAP, diverted to Tunis. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly 2-hrs 45-mins. 
(10-Nov-2017)

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Air Malta to start services to Casablanca, Venice and St Petersburg next summer

In line with its growth stategy Air Malta announced direct services to three destinations; Casablanca (Morocco), Venice (Italy) and St Petersburg (Russia) for summer 2018.

The destinations were announced today during the World Travel Market (WTM), the annual leading global travel trade show being held in London between the 6th and the 8th November.

Casablanca
Air Malta will inaugurate a new twice weekly scheduled service every Monday and Thursday marking a return to one of the most important cities of Africa and the largest city in Morocco, Casablanca. The Air Malta is resuming its services to Casablanca after an absence of around ten years.

KM-724 Malta 1630 – 1755 Casablanca
KM-725 Casablanca 1855 – 2355 Malta

Venice
Air Malta will re-start flying to Venice, one of the world’s most romantic and enchanting cities, as from the 26-Mar-18. The Maltese airline will fly to Venice-Marco Polo airport with a twice a week every Monday and Saturday.

KM-638 Malta 2045 – 2230 Venice
KM-639 Venice 2320 – 0110 Malta

St Petersburg
Air Malta will start operating a twice weekly scheduled service to St Petersburg, Russia, every Wednesday and Saturday as from the 29-Mar-2018. The flight schedule to the city will complement the three times weekly service to Russia’s capital, Moscow, which will increase to a four weekly flight schedule in peak summer.

Wednesdays
KM-568 Malta 2200 – 0305 St Petersburg
KM-569 St. Petersburg 0355 – 0715 Malta

Saturdays
KM-568 Malta 2100 – 0205 St Petersburg
KM-569 St. Petersburg 0255 – 0615 Malta

(Source: Air Malta, 8-Nov-2017)

M.I.A. plc release traffic results for 2017 summer season

Malta International Airport closed off summer, which stretches from April until the end of October for the aviation industry, with 4,249,321 passenger movements. This translates into an impressive increase of more than 600,000 passenger movements over the same comparable period in 2016.

Growth in passenger numbers in the summer months was observed in parallel with an upturn of 13.3% in aircraft movements and an increase of 16.1% in seat capacity, mainly stemming from an enhanced flight schedule for the season. Moreover, at 85.0%, seat load factor for the seven-month period remained unchanged from last year.

The top drivers of passenger traffic to Malta IAP were the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, France, and Spain. Growing by 9.6% over last year, the U.K. accounted for 1,025,055 passengers, which is almost a quarter of the airport's total traffic for summer. The other four markets all registered double-digit growth ranging between 14.0% and 32.5%, with Spain's increase being the most noteworthy.

Having welcomed over 5.2 million passengers for the year to date, the airport's focus has now shifted to achieving the best results for winter.  On the last weekend of October, the airport unveiled its new winter schedule featuring 66 destinations, five of which are new.

Traffic through Malta International Airport in October grew by 15.4% to reach 596,648 passenger movements, on the back of a 14.7% increase in aircraft movements and a 16.4% increase in seat capacity. (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Nov-2017)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Volotea to operate two new routes to Malta next year from Nice and Bilbao

Spanish low-cost airline Volotea announced it will operate two new routes from and to Malta from Nice (France) and Bilbao (Spain). The new routes will increase the number of passengers the airline will carry to 32,300 from and to Malta next year with 230 flights.

The Bilbao routes will start operating once a week from March next year with more than 7,300 passengers. The Nice flight enters into the airline’s schedule from April 2018 with once-a-week flights which are expected to carry some 7,000 passengers. The two routes will be added to the Bordeaux route in France which Volotea is already operating from and to Malta.

Mr E. Friart, a director of Volotea, stated that the Nice destination will provide an opportunity to the Maltese to visit the maritime city in the south of France which boasts of picturesque scenery, while Bilbao is a destination in the north of Spain, renowned for food and unique scenery in the region. (Source: tvm.com.mt, 7-Nov-2017)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Threats hold up Air Malta flight from Rome

An Air Malta flight from Rome was delayed for several hours today after Italian police received a threat about the flight, the airline said this morning. 

Flight KM-613 to Malta was grounded as Italian authorities searched the plane and checked passengers' luggage. No information was given about the type of threat received. 

The flight was due to depart at 10.10am and arrive in Malta at 11.35am. It finally departed mid-afternoon and is expected to land at Malta International Airport at 4.45pm. 

"The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and staff is of paramount importance," an airline spokesman said after the plane had been given the all-clear.  "We apologise for any inconvenience caused to our guests due to circumstances beyond our control." (Source: timesofmalta.com, 6-Nov-2017)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Portuguese Navy NRP Viana do Castelo calls at Valletta Port

The Portugueses Navy Viana do Castelo-class patrol vessel NRP Viana do Castelo (P 360) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit. The Portuguese patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Nov. 6th. (3-Nov-2017)

Thursday, November 2, 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-REY - Embraer ERJ-145 (c/n. 145036), registered to Maleth-Aero AOC Ltd. (ex CS-TPJ)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-IRA - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9319), registered to Hyperion Aviation Ltd.
(Source: Transport Malta, 1-Nov-2017)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

French Navy FS Premier-Maitre L'Her calls 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.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Nov. 4th. (1-Nov-2017)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Ryanair launches new route Malta IAP-Belfast

Ryanair launched today its new route between Malta IAP and Belfast (U.K.). The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-DYF), departed from Malta IAP at 1412lt (FR-1717). The return flight from Riga (FR-1718) landed at Malta IAP at 2207lt. Ryanair will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. (30-Oct-2017)

Monday, October 30, 2017

Ryanair launches new route Naples-Malta IAP

Ryanair launched today its new route between Naples (Italy) and Malta IAP.  The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-DCL), landed at Malta IAP at 1656lt (FR-1722).  The return flight to Naples (FR-1723) departed from Malta IAP after turnaround.  Ryanair will be operating this new route twice weekly, on Mondays and Fridays. (30-Oct-2017)

Air Malta launches its winter schedule

Air Malta's winter schedule which came into operation today is one of the busiest for this period of the year in recent years.

The country's national airline said that between now and the end of March the airline company will be operating more than 110 flights a week to 19 destinations, which is four times as much as last year’s operations.  This increase will mean an additional 146,000 passengers added to the winter schedule.

This winter Air Malta will be operating direct flights to/from: Amsterdam, Brussels, Catania, Comiso (from Dec. 17th), Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, London (Gatwick and Heathrow), Milan, Moscow, Munich, Palermo, Paris (Charles de Gaulle and Orly), Rome, Tel Aviv, Tunis, Vienna and Zurich.

Flights to Frankfurt in Germany have been resumed as from today, a destination that had been dropped last year, and flights to Comiso have also been added.  Two daily flights will be operated to Catania and London-Heathrow and there will be daily flights to Brussels, Rome, London-Gatwick, Munich and Vienna.

Tourism Minister Dr K. Mizzi said that to meet this ambitious schedule the airline will be increasing its operational hours by almost 30%.  Mizzi said the increase in routes as well as frequency throughout the winter will support the Government's efforts to decrease the seasonal trend in tourist arrivals. (Source: Air Malta & tvm.com, 29-Oct-2017)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Ryanair launches new route Malta IAP-Riga

Ryanair launched today its new route between Malta IAP and Riga (Latvia). The first scheduled flight, operated with Boeing B737-800 (EI-DYF), departed from Malta IAP at 0707lt (FR-1726). The return flight from Riga (FR-1727) landed at Malta IAP at 1444lt. Ryanair will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. (29-Oct-2017)

easyJet launches new route Southend-Malta

easyJet launched today its new route between London-Southend (U.K.) and Malta IAP. The first scheduled flight (U2-7431), operated with an Airbus A320-200 (G-EZPB), landed at Malta IAP around 1730Lt. The return flight (U2-7432) to Southend departed from Malta IAP after turnaround. easyJet will be operating this new route twice-weekly, on Thursdays and Sundays. (29-Oct-2017)

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Spanish Navy ESPS Cantabria calls at Valletta Port

The Spanish Navy replenishment tanker ESPS Cantabria (A 15) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. She has an AB-212 helicopter on board, serial HA.18-12.  The Spanish auxiliary is presently berthing alongside at Boiler wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Tuesday, Oct. 31st. (26-Oct-2017)

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Ryanair's Berlin-Malta flight diverts to Catania

A Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-DYF), performing flight FR-5228 between Berlin-Schoenefeld (Germany) and Malta IAP yesterday evening, had to divert to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy) after two missed approaches (RWY 31) at Malta IAP (wind shear).  The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with delay of nearly 2.5-hours on its original scheduled time. (25-Oct-2017)

Tuesday, October 24, 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-KAS - Bombardier Challenger 605 (c/n. 5856), registered to Avcon Jet Malta Ltd.
  • 9H-VTB - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9566), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (rrg N504VJ)
(Source: Transport Malta, 23-Oct-2017)

Saturday, October 21, 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-XYZ - Diamond DA62 (c/n. 62-068), registered to Southern Aviation Holding Ltd.
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-UMM - ICP Savannah Microlight (c/n. 04-10-51-333), registered to 'Private'
(Source: Transport Malta, 19-Oct-2017)

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Turkish Airlines' Istanbul-Malta flight diverts to Istanbul

A Turkish Airlines Boeing B737-800 (TC-JVA), performing flight TK-1369 between Istanbul-Ataturk (Turkey) and Malta IAP, had to turn back to Istanbul this morning for technical reasons. 

The flight was later operated by a replacement aircraft (Boeing B737-800, TC-JVE) and reached Malta with a delay of nearly five-hours on its original scheduled time. (18-Oct-2017)

Air Malta to start flying to Ukraine following Kiev agreement

With effect from March next year Air Malta will start operating scheduled flights to Ukraine. The agreement was concluded during a State visit by President M.L. Coleiro Preca to Ukraine, a country with a population of 45 million. (Source: tvm.com.mt, 17-Oct-2017)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Air Malta flights delayed due to cabin crew industrial action

A number of Air Malta flights have been delayed by roughly half an hour after the Union of Cabin Crew informed Air Malta last night that it had ordered its members to start industrial action, an Air Malta spokesman has confirmed. 

The airline confirmed that some flights had been affected but stressed that none had been delayed by more than 30 minutes, adding that it was currently holding discussions with members of the union. (Source: maltatoday.com, 15-Oct-2017)

Saturday, October 14, 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) last evening on a courtesy visit.  This is her eleventh 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 three weeks. (14-Oct-2017)

Friday, October 13, 2017

German Navy FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern calls at Valletta Port

The German Navy Brandeburg-class (Type F123) frigate FGS Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (F 218) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  The German frigate is presently berthing alongside at Bormla wharf (in French creek), and she's scheduled to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Oct. 28th. (13-Oct-2017)

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Air Malta to fly to Comiso as from Dec. 17th

Air Malta will start operating a twice weekly evening scheduled service to Sicily’s Comiso airport, on Fridays and Sundays, from Dec. 17th. The airline said its Go-Light fares will apply on the route making it possible to fly for €39 per way including taxes and charges.

KM-658 Malta 2030 - 2110 Comiso
KM-659 Comiso 2200 - 2240 Malta

(Source: timesofmalta.com, 12-Oct-2017)

Irish Naval Service LE Niamh calls at Valletta Port

The Irish Naval Service Roisin-class patrol vessel LE Niamh (P 52) has sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this afternoon on a courtesy visit.  The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-5 wharf and she's expected to sail from Malta tomorrow, Oct. 13th. (12-Oct-2017)

Atlantic Airways adds Malta seasonal flights in summer 2018

Atlantic Airways in summer 2018 season is offering new non-stop service to Malta, becoming the sole operator on Vagar (Faroe Islands) - Malta route. 

The airline scheduled five round-trip flights between June and August 2018, on board Airbus A319. Operational dates are: 19-Jun, 3-Jul, 17-Jul, 31-Jul and 14-Aug.

RC-494 Vagar 0710– 1230 Malta 
RC-495 Malta 1330 – 1710 Vagar


(Source: routesonline.com, 12-Oct-2017)

Ryanair's flight to Bristol returns to Malta IAP due to an undercarriage problem

A Ryanair B737-800 (EI-DWZ), operating scheduled flight FR-3375 between Malta IAP and Bristol (U.K.) had return to Malta IAP this morning due to a technical issue with its undercarriage. 

The aircraft landed safely RWY 13 at 0906lt (departed 0736lt). No one was injured although it was reported that some of the passengers were suffering from shock.

Flight FR-3375 to Bristol will be operated by a replacement Ryanair aircraft this afternoon. (12-Oct-2017)

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

M.I.A. plc releases trafffic results for September 2017

Traffic at Malta IAP in September registered an increase of more than 89,000 passenger movements over the same month last year, with a total of 626,488 guests welcomed at MIA.

This translated into an increase of 16.7% over 2016. Moreover, September was the third consecutive month at the airport to surpass the 600,000 mark in terms of passenger numbers.

Standing at 86.7%, September’s seat load factor (SLF) remained constant, in spite of the increase in both aircraft movements (14.6%) and seat capacity (17.0%).

The United Kingdom continued to lead Malta IAP's list of top markets, contributing 146,160 passenger movements to September's total traffic, and growing by 4.7% over last year mainly due to an increase in capacity as a result of the Cruise & Fly operation.

On the other hand, the rest of the top markets, these being Italy (10.5%), Germany (25.8%) and France (17.6%) all registered double-digit growth. Spain, which is the fifth largest market, is maintaining its year-to-date progress, with a hefty 43.8% increase in passenger movements in September, partly stemming from increased flight frequencies to Madrid. (Source: maltairport.com, 9-Oct-2017)

Sunday, October 8, 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 tenth visit in Valletta Port this year.  The British cutter is presently berthing alongside at Wine wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port in the coming days. (8-Oct-2017)

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Five flights bound to Malta IAP divert to airports in Sicily due to severe thunderstorm over the island

A severe thunderstorm over the Maltese Island this morning has forced five aircraft en route to Malta IAP to divert to Palermo and Catania-Fontanarossa in Sicily, Italy.
  • Transavia Boeing B737-800 (PH-HZI), operating flight HV-5773 between Amsterdam-Schiphol (Netherlands) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly three-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • EAT Leipzig Boeing B757-200 (D-ALEH), operating cargo flight QY-7922 between Marseille (France) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight will then continue to Malta later on day. 
  • Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-FZA), operating flight FR-5224 between Weeze (Germany) and Malta IAP, diverted to Catania-Fontanarossa . The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly two-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • LOT Polish Airline Embraer E195 (SP-LNA), operating charter flight LO-7455 between Warsaw (Poland) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of three-hours on its original scheduled time. 
  • easyJet Airbus A319-100 (G-EZGA), operating flight U2-1997 Manchester (U.K.) and Malta IAP, diverted to Palermo. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of nearly two-hours on its original scheduled time. 
(4-Oct-2017)

Air Malta's Catania-Malta flight diverts to Catania

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AHR), operating scheduled flight KM-643 between Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy) and Malta IAP, had to return/divert to Catania-Fontanarossa yesterday evening due bad weather over Malta. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 2.25-hours on its original scheduled time. (4-Oct-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-DFS - Dassault Falcon 50 (c/n. 185), registered to AS AILES Ltd. dba Harmony Jets (ex T7-DFX)
  • 9H-IAN - Tecnam P2002-JF (c/n. 082), registered to 'Private' (ex HB-KPE)
  • 9H-JSY - Bombardier Global Express XRS (c/n. 9423), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (ex G-RAAA)
  • 9H-VTD - Bombardier Global 6000 (c/n. 9763), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (ex C-FNLH)
Cancellation/s: 
  • 9H-GVA - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9548), registered to Elit'Avia Malta Ltd. (rrg N499WR)
  • 9H-VTC - Bombardier Global 5000 (c/n. 9571), registered to VistaJet Ltd. (rrg N505VJ)
(Source: Transport Malta, 3-Oct-2017)

Spain's Air Nostrum acquires 51% of Medavia

Maltese-based airline Medavia has avoided being deemed a non-European airline by the European Commission (EC) following the sale of a 51% stake to Spanish operator Air Nostrum. 

The Times of Malta reports the transaction was concluded at the "eleventh hour" and after pressure from Transport Malta to resolve the issue.

EC ownership and control regulations require either an EU citizen or firm to control at least 51% of a bloc-based carrier's stock and exercise effective control over it.

For its part, Medavia was established in Malta in 1978 as a joint venture between the Maltese and Libyan governments. Since then, it has been using a Maltese (EU) license despite being fully owned by Libyan interests. (Source: ch-aviation.com, 3-Oct-2017)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Ducuing recalls at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Ducuing (F 795) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. This is her second visit in Valletta Port this Malta.  The French corvette is presently berthing alongside at Deep Water Quay-1 and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Friday, Oct. 6th. (3-Oct-2017)

Monday, October 2, 2017

Lightning strikes equipment at Malta's Air Traffic Control

As the weather forecast predicted, the month of October began with heavy rainfall. As a result, a number of flights to and from Malta International Airport have also been affected this morning.
In a statement, the Malta Air Traffic Services (MATS) said that it was hit by a lightning bolt, causing damage to its technical equipment. It said that as a precaution it had to temporarily stop flights from flying over Maltese air space until the problem was solved. It added that the systems operated by MATS have now been fully restored and is operating normally.
An airport spokesperson said that, in all, six flights had been affected: Ryanair flight FR-7591 from Roma-Fiumicino (diverted to Palemo), Ryanair flight FR-7592 to Rome-Fiumicino,  Wizzair flight W6-7766 to Skopje, Air Malta flight KM-116 to London-Gatwick and Air Malta flight KM-306 to Munich. (Source: tvm.com.mt)

Thursday, September 28, 2017

AirMalta's flight to Amsterdam returns to Malta IAP for technical reason

An Air Malta Airbus A319-100 (9H-AEJ), operating scheduled flight KM-394 between Malta IAP and Amsterdam-Schipol (Netherlands) had return to Malta IAP this morning due to a technical issue. The aircraft landed safely RWY 31 at 0927lt (departed 0750lt). Flight KM-394 was subsequently operated by 9H-AHR (Airbus A320-200) reaching Amsterdam-Schipol with a delay of nearly 5-hrs and 40-mins on its original scheduled time. (28-Sep-2017)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Irish Naval Service LE William Butler Yates recalls 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.  This is her third visit in Valletta Port this year.  The Irish patrol vessel is presently berthing alongside at Ricasoli Tank Cleaning Farm, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Saturday, Sep. 30th. (26-Sep-2017)

Monday, September 25, 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 ninth 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, Sep. 27th. (25-Sep-2017)

Lufthansa's Frankfurt-Malta flight diverts to Catania

A Lufthansa Airbus A321-200 (D-AISN), performing flight LH-1312 from Frankfurt (Germany) to Malta IAP, had to divert to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy) yesterday evening due bad weather over Malta. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of 2.5-hours on its original scheduled time. (25-Sep-2017)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Royal Navy of Oman RNOV Shabab Oman II calls at Valletta Port

The Royal Navy of Oman tall ship RNOV Shabab Oman II sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit. RNOV Shabab Oman II serves as a training ship for the Royal Navy of Oman

The Royal Navy of Oman full-rigged ship is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-3 wharf, and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Sep. 25th (22-Sep-2017)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Air Malta introduces cheap fares, hives off ground handling to separate company

Air Malta has introduced a new system of cheap fares and hived off its ground handling operations into a separate aviation services company, Tourism Minister Dr K. Mizzi said today.

Dr Mizzi confirmed this morning that agreement was reached with the General Workers Union to move around 450 Air Malta ground and passenger handlers to a new company. "The new company will offer services to other airlines and it will also manage cargo operations," he said, adding this was part of the reform process at the airline.

Dr Mizzi called on Air Malta unions to accept changes in work practices as the airline tried to survive in a cutthroat environment. He said collective agreements with unions had to be in place by a Jan. 1st. He acknowledged the stumbling block was the financial remuneration package but insisted workers will lose nothing from their take-home pay.

He said pilots and cabin crew were being asked to accept changes in work practices in line with international standards and called for understanding. “I am sure common sense will prevail and everyone will be reasonable otherwise the airline runs the risk of returning to insolvency and this time around taxpayers will not be able to foot the bill,” he said.

Dr Mizzi was speaking at the launch of a new cheap air fare intended to attract more customers, who prefer traveling with just a hand luggage. Labelled Go Light, passengers can buy a one-way ticket from €39 for almost all Air Malta destinations with no bag allowance (apart from the hand luggage). Baggage allowance can be bought at an extra charge.

Company officials said the system was introduced in the airline's booking platform last week to test the package and Air Malta sold 25,000 Go Light tickets. Booking activity increased between 20% and 35% as a result of the new package, the airline said.

P. Sies, Air Malta chief commercial officer, said the airline had to attract more passengers to fill its seats. He said the new package, part of a three-way choice for customers, would make the airline more competitive in a cutthroat business.

Air Malta chairman C. Mangion said the airline had to take quick decisions to survive, expressing hope in the airline's future. "The new turnaround strategy is based on the trust we have in our employees… we want Air Malta to be a Mediterranean hub linking Europe with North Africa and the Middle East," he said. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 19-Sep-2017)

Malaga route for Air Malta next summer

Next summer Air Malta will inaugurate a twice weekly scheduled service to Malaga, the second-most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth-largest in Spain. 

Paul Sies, chief commercial officer, said the airline would be announcing more routes for summer 2018. 

Besides connecting the popular Malaga area, the new route is also the ideal gateway for travelling to and from Gibraltar. Nowadays thousands of expats mostly working in the iGaming industry travel frequently between Gibraltar and Malta, he added. 

Malaga lies on the Costa del Sol on the Spanish southern coast, some 100 kilometres east of the Strait of Gibraltar. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 18-Sep-2017)

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Ryanair's Edinburgh-Malta flight diverts to Bergamo

A Ryanair Boeing B737-800 (EI-EBH), performing flight FR-6695 from Edinburgh (U.K.) to Malta IAP (Malta), had to divert to Milan-Bergamo (Italy) this morning due to a medical emergency on board. The flight then continued to Malta reaching destination with a delay of two hours on its original scheduled time. (17-Sep-2017)

French Navy Falcon 50 for 2017 Malta Int'l Airshow

The last few confirmations from much welcomed participants, keep trickling in, even in the last few days before the Airshow. This shows the dedication, commitment and enjoyment of aircrews, to participate in our Airshow, notwithstanding the fact that they are very much operationally constrained, which is the main reason why often, they cannot confirm earlier.

This late addition consists of the French Navy Falcon 50. This aircraft has participated in previous editions of our Airshow, including last year, but this time it will also take part in the flying display program, with some smooth flypasts, showing the gracefulness of this streamlined aircraft.

The basic air frame and design of this aircraft is that of a mid-sized long range business jet, but in time, Dassault developed a Maritime Surveillance and Environmental protection version of the aircraft, mainly for the French Navy.
More advancements may still be in sight for this aircraft as Dassault and Aviation Partners Inc. have announced that High Mach blended winglets, are being developed for the Falcon 50 as a retrofit kit.

The Malta Aviation Society would like to thank the French Navy for their continued support for our and we are grateful of having them back in both flying and static display. (Source: maltairshow.com, 17-Sep-2017)

Friday, September 15, 2017

French Navy FS Cdt. Ducuing at Valletta Port

The French Navy D'Estienne d'Orves-class corvette FS Commandant Ducuing (F 795) sailed into Valletta Port (the Grand Harbour) this morning on a courtesy visit.  FS Cdt. Ducuing is presently berthing alongside at Pinto-4 wharf and she's expected to sail from Valletta Port on Monday, Sep. 18th. (15-Sep-2017)