PresRDC From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 667 posts, RR: 1 Posted (14 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1107 times:
On Sunday, while visiting Malta, I noticed a Lufthansa B737 making circles around the island. It was very low and made several passes for at least 90 minutes. I assume it was not several different LH flights departing (unless LH sends 20 737s into MLA on Sunday morning).
Does anyone know what was going on?
I assume it was doing circuits for pilot training, but why would they fly all the way to MLA to do this when they could do it at a closer airport?
LMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (14 years 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1036 times:
The B737 was a Lufthansa aircraft on Pilot base training. Malta is used by several airlines for such training. In the past Swissair used to be a regular visitor with the MD80. They even came with a DC10 and once with the B747-300. The reason for choosing Malta is that the circuit is not very busy, the weather is good most of the time and perhaps it is even cheaper than other places.
Air Malta does have an LH A319 on a summer lease. It is D-AILF, and is painted in AirMalta colors minus the three stripes on the lower fuselage. It is flown by KM crews, who come from KM A320 fleet.
The 737 training has nothing to do with the Flight School on the airport (European Flight Accademy), which only trains young people on C152 aircraft. The Local CAA does not issue flying licenses, and students have to go to the UK or the US to obtain them.
I hope this clears the ........... air !