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.

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)

Record year for aviation registry

\"Sukhoi\"Transport Malta’s Aviation Registry has continued to achieve a steady growth with a record of 61 aircraft registered in 2015.  The same year also saw a total of 6 new operators being certified as well as a substantial increase in the number of pilot and engineer licences issued.

With a register totalling 213 aircraft and 28 operators, the Maltese aviation registry is establishing itself.  More significantly, the register includes a large number of commercial aircraft and business jets when compared to light aircraft.  Amongst others, the Authority has registered two Airbus A340 and a Sukhoi Superjet 100, the latter being the first ever model of its type to be registered in the European Union. 

The success of the Aviation Registry is sustained by fiscal incentives including a low corporate tax regime as well as rebate on profits.  This is complemented by specialised technical personnel who are readily available, flexible and accessible.   All this has been made possible through various measures undertaken over the last year aimed at improving the level of service offered by the Civil Aviation Directorate, which included heavy investment in human resources and the relocation to newer and better-equipped premises in Luqa.  Such initiatives ensure that this Directorate has the necessary expertise and resources to ensure the highest possible service and standards so essential to the industry.