Broken Wings

Colonel Mark Said, from Transport Malta’s Civil Aviation Directorate, presented a book, he has just published, to Transport Malta’s Chairman, Mr Joseph Bugeja. The book, Broken Wings compiles information on all documented Aviation related accidents in Malta between the years 1915 and 2015.

From the book cover –

Broken Wings encompasses more than thirty years of research, and charts Malta’ s first aviation century from a different perspective. This book is a comprehensive chronological record of every civilian and military aviation accident and incident with a Malta connection. It is the most detailed work of its type ever published with thousands of entries and is sure to become the standard reference on the subject. Broken Wings is the story of aviation in Malta from the early biplanes to the modern jets, the men and their flying machines, tragedies and mistakes, and on occasions the ones lost or left behind. This book is dedicated to each and every one of them.

Memorandum of Understanding between Transport Malta and Brazilian Authorities about air services

Yesterday, representatives from the Civil Aviation Directorate within Transport Malta met with their Brazilian counterparts in Lisbon, Portugal, and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on air services and cooperation between the aeronautical authorities of both countries. The ddelegations also initiated an Air Services Agreement between the respective Governments.

By means of this Memorandum, both sides reached agreement on a common regulatory framework which would permit the operation of air services between Malta and Brazil.  Moreover, this would open up new opportunities to the respective airlines and investors of both sides as they would be able to cooperate between themselves and enter into arrangements on various routes linking Malta to Brazil.

Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, Ian Borg, said that this is another positive news for the aviation industry which is a very important segment for the Maltese economy. This is in line with Government’s policy to continue increasing the connectivity of Malta to the rest of the world.  Civil Aviation Directorate Director General, Captain Charles Pace, said that other similar initiatives are also in the pipeline and work has already started with other South American countries which include Colombia, Chile and Argentina.

Transport Malta certifies Malta Air, a subsidiary of Ryanair Group

Malta Air, company within Ryanair Group, will be the 37th airline operator registered in Malta

The Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD) within Transport Malta announced that Malta Air has been awarded an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and Air Operator License (AOL) to become the 37th. air operator operator to select Malta as their jurisdiction of choice. Malta Air is a subsidiary of Europe’s largest airline Ryanair.

The airline will be based in Malta and other countries within the European Union.

Ryanair Chief Executive Officer, Michael O’Leary, said that Ryanair is pleased to welcome Malta Air to the Ryanair Group of airlines. Malta Air will proudly fly the Maltese name and flag to over 60 destinations across Europe and North Africa as we look to grow our Maltese-based fleet, routes, traffic and jobs over the next three years.

O’Leary said that Ryanair appreciates the expertise of the Maltese Civil Aviation Directorate in licensing Malta Air to operate the B737 aircraft and look forward to working closely with the Maltese Transport Authority  over the coming years with the aim of adding over 50 more aircraft to the Maltese register.

Captain Charles Pace, Director General of the Civil Aviation Directorate within Transport Malta, stated he is thrilled with this announcement and would like to thank Ryan Air and Malta Air for choosing Malta.

He went on to thank Minister Ian Borg and Chairman Joseph Bugeja for their support. A special thanks goes to the CAD employees for their efforts in processing the application over the last three months of intensive review. CAD looks forward to a long and prosperous relationship with Malta Air and to push for further growth in the Malta Aviation Cluster. He added that although a lot of work has already been done by the Directorate, the coming months will see much more activity with additional aircraft being added to the registry, making Malta Air one of the major airlines in Europe.

The first aircraft will be registered as B738 S/N 44782 bearing registration marks 9H-QAA.

Award-winning cabin crew training organisation to start operating from Malta

The Civil Aviation Directorate within Transport Malta awarded a Cabin Crew Training Organisation (CCTO) certificate to Corporate Flight Training (CFT) to start operating from Malta. CFT is an award-winning Cabin Crew and Aircrew Training Organisation, voted best UK Safety Training Provider in the Air Transport Awards of 2019.

The company delivers aircrew and cabin crew safety training courses from their Luton Airport Training centre and are now are able to offer training in Malta. The company specialises in third party training provision for business aviation operators, the issuance of Cabin Crew Attestations and through their new CCA EU Academy training provision for European commercial aircraft operators and airlines.

As well as being a well-regarded business aviation training provider who works with many business aircraft operators, the company has been instrumental in promoting increased safety and service standards for corporate aircrews. Yasmin Milner, CFT Head of Training, said that given the number of business aviation operators based in Malta, it was a natural progression to move the CCTO to Transport Malta’s Civil Aviation Directorate (CAD-TM).

Training courses will be delivered twice monthly in both Malta and Luton, in the United Kingdom.

Captain Charles Pace, Director of the Civil Aviation Directorate said that CFT joined many others who have selected Malta and CAD-TM as their jurisdiction of choice offering a wide range of opportunities within the Malta Aviation Cluster.

Transport Malta certifies AirX for aircraft maintenance

AirX continues to grow with the addition of EASA Part 145 Approval Certificate for maintaining their expanding fleet. This certificate, issued from the Civil Aviation Directorate within Transport Malta, allows the company to maintain 3 different aircraft classes: Airbus A340, Boeing 737, and Embraer ERJ-190/Lineage 1000.

Transport Malta has been instrumental in AirX deciding to further invest and grow its operations on our islands. The Authority is committed to continuously strengthen the aviation industry in Malta, which offers better work opportunities and injects more money in our economy. The Aviation sector in Malta is becoming one of the strongest markets in the world. It is contributing to 2.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product while creating more than 3,200 jobs.

The diverse AirX fleet now stands at 21 aircraft across 6 different types, with 2 aircraft under management in the United States. The newest member of the family is a Lineage 1000 which can carry up to 19 people. The company has exciting plans, with more fleet additions expected along with further investment in Malta.

Houssam Hazzoury, AirX Group Chief Executive Officer stated, ‘Malta is an enviable strategic location to maintain aircraft, and as our fleet continues to expand, we hope to grow our base maintenance facilities on the Island.

Transport Malta expands the Maltese Aviation sector from Geneva

Transport Malta is participating in one of the foremost aviation events on the European calendar, EBACE. Each year, the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for Transport Malta to connect with the various players of the aviation industry. Its participation is part of the continuous commitment to build and consolidate the aviation industry in Malta.

TM and the Government are creating a veritable cluster of aviation services ranging from cargo operations, training, asset financing and the leasing sector. An expansion that has contributed greatly to Malta’s economy and is expected play a more major role in the near future.

EBACE is the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community, with over 400 exhibitors, 13,000 aviation professionals and over fifty of the latest business aircraft on display. It brings together thousands of business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, aviation personnel, lease companies and anyone remotely associated with aviation from Europe and around the world for three critical days in Switzerland.

The convention kicked off on Tuesday and will run until today at Geneva’s Palexpo. During this edition, business aviation leaders touted the innovation and investment driving the industry into the future, with advances in urban air mobility, sustainable flight and workforce development.

This week has been a very positive one for the aviation arm of Transport Malta, as the Authority has just signed on the airline Avion Express Malta as the 36th AOC holder and the British firm Britten Norman have agreed to establish a local base with a substantial investment. The latter are also going through the process to acquire Training Organisation Certificates from Transport Malta. All this while the Maltese aviation register is going from strength to strength with more than 315 aircraft on its books, with promising prospects of reaching the coveted 400 mark in the near future.

Transport Malta’s participation at EBACE will continue to improve Malta’s Aviation’s future prospects. In fact, at the convention, TM added a Bombardier Global 6000 to the Maltese registry. The aircraft managed by Tag Aviation Malta, is considered one of the best in its sector.

Tag Aviation Malta has been operating for the past two years and currently manages 10 aircraft, including 4 Bombardier Global aircraft, a Challenger 350 and a Falcon 7X. Tag provides luxurious travel with the latest aircraft. Florent Sériès, Vice President of TAG Aviation Europe, stated that, “We are very pleased with the continuous development of our Maltese AOC that is helped largely by the great relationship we have established with the Maltese Aviation authorities.”

Transport Malta will continue striving to achieve further successes across all sectors of the Aviation industry.

Avion Express Malta is the 36th airline to achieve the Maltese Air Operator Certificate

Mr. Darius Kajokas, Avion Express CEO stated that “We are constantly working on strengthening our leading position in the industry and expanding to new markets. The decision to establish a subsidiary company specifically in Malta was based upon favourable and strategically beneficial conditions provided by the country. Acquiring a Maltese AOC and AOL opens a lot of opportunities for us which we are looking forward to exploring.”

Avion Express Malta is the subsidiary company of Avion Express, the largest narrow-body ACMI operator in the world. Established in 2005, Avion Express is successfully working with clients in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia-Pacific. In 2019 the airline will operate 22 Airbus A320 family aircraft. Avion Express was awarded ACMI Operator of the Year 2019 at Air Transport Awards by International Business News.

The Aviation sector in Malta is continuously growing, becoming one of the strongest markets in the world. It is contributing to 2.5% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product, while creating more than 3,200 jobs.

Freebird Airlines establishes its European arm in Malta

“Malta’s aviation register—the 9H—is continuously gaining momentum. We are seeing a continuous increase in the aircraft being registered in Malta, with the latest development being Freebird Airlines establishing its European arm in Malta. This could not be possible without the strong yet flexible legal framework that our country has and, likewise as important, without the cluster of aviation services that are establishing Malta as an aviation hub. This is living proof that the success of our country keeps on attracting investment from different sectors”, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects Ian Borg said.


Transport Malta has awarded an Air Operator Certificate to Freebird Airlines Europe. The well-established Turkish airline will operate commercial flights within the EU with its first Maltese aircraft, an Airbus A-320.


The aircraft, with the registration 9H-FHB, carrying a substantial delegation of airline officials, was in Malta for a couple of days and left yesterday morning. Freebird Airlines is expected to extend its operations in Europe and other regions, further expanding its fleet.

Haci Say, from Freebird said that “Freebird Airlines Europe, with the professional cooperation and support of TM-CAD, would like to extend its operations in Europe and other regions with its growing fleet. We would like to take this opportunity to thank TM-CAD for its continuous support.”
Minister Ian Borg said that “Transport Malta’s Civil Aviation Directorate has been working relentlessly to continue establishing Malta as an established aviation cluster. Freebird Europe is now among the long list of operators who have chosen Malta as their jurisdiction of choice. A few weeks ago, Transport Malta licensed Freebird as an Approved Training Organisation, providing aviation training focusing mostly on rating training for the Airbus A320, the Boeing 737, simulator flight instructor training and Type Rating Instructor training.”


Freebird Airlines Europe is part of Gözen Holding, a group of companies with firm roots in the aviation industry. The group has airlines and branches catering for representation, surveillance, fuel, controlling, brokerage, security and training. It has been established for the past 38 years and its 6 companies employ more than 2,000 individuals.
Freebird Airlines is an international charter airline established in 2000 and serves Europe and nearby regions with a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. The International Flight Training Centre Istanbul (IFTC)

Continued progress in aviation training in Malta

Yesterday, Transport Malta has licensed Freebird Airlines Europe as an Approved Training Organisation, the first international company in Malta licenced exclusively for aviation training.  Freebird’s decision to set up shop here confirms and consolidates Malta’s efforts to maintain and expand a comprehensive aviation cluster for the island.  
Freebird will start to provide EASA Approved Type Rating Training in Malta.  For the first time, budding Maltese commercial pilots can receive most of the training required in Malta. Freebird also aims to service the increasing demand for pilot and crew training in the region.  The organisation, in synergy with other local service providers, will focus on rating training for the Airbus A320, the Boeing 737, simulator flight instructor training and Type Rating Instructor training.
Capt. Cengiz Arbac, from the organisation, stated that “with the professional and constructive cooperation of Transport Malta we would like to extend our contribution to the aviation and the training industry in Europe and other regions. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Maltese Civil Aviation Directorate and look forward to expanding our training services.”

Captain Charles Pace – Director General for Civil Aviation – Malta, Rachel Grech, Head of Personnel Licensing, TM, Haci Say Accountable Manager, Freebird Europe,  Capt. A. C. Arbac
General Manager, Freebird Europe, Andrew Costa, Compliance Monitoring & Safety Manager, TM

Freebird Airlines Europe is part of Gözen Holding, a group of companies which are very active in the Aviation industry with airlines and branches catering for representation, surveillance, fuel, controlling, brokerage, security and training. The group has been established for the past 38 years and its 6 companies employ more than 2,000 employees.
Freebird Airlines is an international charter airline established in 2000 and serves Europe and nearby regions with a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft. In 2006, it has become the first Turkish charter airline company, to obtain IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) approval.
The International Flight Training Centre Istanbul (IFTC) also forms part of this group, with five full-flight simulators for the A320 and B737-NG aircraft and quality training facilities and services in both Istanbul and Antalya in Turkey. 

The 300th

A few days ago, Transport Malta registered the 300th active aircraft on 9H, the Maltese Aviation Registry

The registry has been growing steadfastly over the last few years, effectively doubling in size over a relatively short period of time, merely five years.  During the same period, from just 18 Air Operator Certificate holders, Malta can now boast an impressive total of 35.

The 300th aircraft – an Airbus A318 owned by Universal Entertainment Corporation

The 300th aircraft is an Airbus A318, owned by the Japanese Universal Entertainment Corporation and is operated by Comlux.  The latter hosted an event to celebrate the registration with Minister Ian Borg and TM officials in attendance.

Comlux was the first international aviation setup to obtain a Maltese licence and has since registered and operated numerous aircraft on the Maltese Registry. It has now been joined by another 34 firms, that together make up the 300 and counting Maltese-registered-aircraft.