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Lufthansa At Malta

Tue May 08, 2001 4:19 am

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?

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RE: Lufthansa At Malta

Tue May 08, 2001 4:41 am

I do not know if this is the solution, but Malta International Airport is heavily used for flight training.

I think that Lufthansa does usually fly the A319 into Malta, and it comes in the early afternoon.
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RE: Lufthansa At Malta

Tue May 08, 2001 4:52 am

There is a private aviation school on Malta. Maybe it was pilot training on leased aircraft from Lufthansa.
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RE: Lufthansa At Malta

Tue May 08, 2001 7:10 am

I know that LH leased or will lease an aircraft to Air Malta for the summer.

I thought, that it is an A319, but I am not 100% on that.

As it will be only a short term lease, Air Malta probably will not repaint the aircraft and so the plane wil fly in LH colors.

I dont know, if that is the reason, but it might be it!
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RE: Lufthansa At Malta

Tue May 08, 2001 6:07 pm

that is correct, LH is leasing an a319 to air malta this summer. i believe the reason is lack of cockpit crews...
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RE: Lufthansa At Malta

Wed May 09, 2001 1:43 am

That sounds interesting, but I am sure this was a 737 (due to being able to see the main landing gear when they were retracted).

My guess is flight training -- it was a hell of a nice day for flying.
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RE: Lufthansa At Malta

Wed May 09, 2001 2:25 am

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 !

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