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Training flights

Although pilot training programmes came to the Maltese public’s attention in late 1977, when an Alitalia and Swissair B.747s made use of the newly-inaugurated runway 32/14, such flights weren’t new.

Back in the sixties, BEA would send Viscounts and Vanguards for such training sessions. And even that wasn’t the first time Luqa Airport (today’s MIA) was being used for such purposes, with Avro Lancastrians, Handley Page Yorks and Halifaxes being used way back in 1946.

Below is a list of airlines/aircraft known to have used Malta as part of their training schedule. It is in alphabetical order by aircraft type, not in chronological order, but as stated on other pages on this site, must be taken as being the last word on the subject.

Certain aircraft or registrations are marked with an asterisk (*), indicating when the aircraft was spotted/photographed at MIA, but the arrival/departure dates are unknown.

A number of Maltese registered aircraft are also listed, but these were a one-day session.

Page added on 16.02.14.
        
 
Airbus

REG. AIRCRAFT OPERATOR NOTES HISTORY
OE-LAA A.310-300 Austrian Airlines Aircraft arrived on 02.01.89 for a five-day training programme. Used callsign Austrian LAA during training.  
OE-LAB A.310 Austrian Airlines Pilot training between 06-08.02.89  
D-AICS A.310-200 Lufthansa Aircraft arrived on 28.02.89, training until 2nd March.  
HB-IPB A.310 Swissair Arrived on 08.12.85, starting training session on the same day.  
HB-IPC A.310-221 Swissair First training session between 19-20.11.84.* Aircraft arrived on 09.03.86, training session between 10-13th, departing on the 14th.  
HB-IPD A.310 Swissair Aircraft arrived on 31.01.87, training starting on the same day, until 3rd February.  
D-AIBE A. 319-112 Lufthansa At MIA between 25-26.03.16. c/s DLH9916, c/n 4511.
D-AIBG A.319-112 Lufthansa Arrived for a two-day training session on 05.11.16, c/s DLH1.  
D-AILE A.319 * Lufthansa 27.04.02  
9H-ABP A.320 * A.M. 02.09.90  
9H-ABQ A.320 * A.M. On two separate occasions, 06.12.93 & 20.04.00.  
9H-AEI A. 320 Air Malta 2-hour training session on 30.01.16, c/s Training One.  
D-AIPA A.320 * Lufthansa Between 07-11.11.89.  
D-AIPL A.320 * Lufthansa 09-10.03.90  
D-AIPS A.320 * Lufthansa 01.12.90  
D-AIPT A.320 * Lufthansa 16.10.90  
9H-BIG A.340 AirX Was in Malta between 24-29.11.16, c/s axy2401. Again seen on 04.12.16, one day training session the following day one the 5th, c/s Legacy One.  
D-AIMA 380-841 Lufthansa Arrived for a brief stop-over on 19.03.11. Aircraft was on an extended training flight, starting at Frankfurt, to Warsaw and Istanbul, Malta, before returning to Frankfurt. c/n 038.
        
 
Avro

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR REG. NOTES HISTORY
Lancastrian Skyways Ltd G-AGLV Landed on 19.04.47 at 14:50, Heathrow to Cairo. Returned on the 20th at 13:10.  
Lancastrian 1 BOAC G-AGLW Departed Lyyda (British Palestine) at 06:58 GMT, landing at Luqa at 13:45 on 03.12.46, destination UK. c/n 1177, pi VF164, registered on 01.12.44. WFU at Hurn on 01.09.50, scraped Jan 1951, Canx 22.01.51.
Lancastrian 1 BOAC G-AGMB Arrived from Heathrow on 04.03.47 at 17:43. Continued to Cairo. c/n 1182, pi (PD182) VF154, registered on 01.12.44. Crashed on landing Tengah, Singapore on 27.08.48.
Lancastrian 1 BOAC G-AGME Departed Hurn on a passenger/training flt for Rome on 29.03.46, landing in Malta on the 31st. Departed for RAF Castel Benito without passengers. Arrived from Elmas on 30.01.47, then direct to the UK. c/n 1185, PI (PD164) VF156, registered on 01.12.44 scraped at Hurn during 02/1950, Canx 21.12.49.
Lancastrian BOAC G-AGMJ Arrived directly from Hurn on 22.03.46. Again seen on 16.04.47 between 03:44-05:35. Listed as Trail Flight from Karachi to the UK. c/n 1189, pi (PD169) VF145, registered on 01.12.44, scraped at Hurn on 15.01.51, Canx 22.01.51
Lancastrian BOAC G-AGML Arrived from Karachi with 10 crew on 27.09.46. Again arrived from Karachi & Lydda on 18.12.46 at 05:09, carrying eight crew and four passengers.  
Lancastrian BOAC G-AGMM Arrived from Basra on 15.01.47 with ten crew only, no passengers. Listed as training flight.  
York C.1 BOAC G-AGJD Departed Heathrow on 29.11.46, apparently direct to Castel Benito, Libya, arriving from Libya the same day. According to Customs records, the aircraft made daily flights between Malta and Libya between the 30th November and 5th December. Again seen on training flights on 20.12.46 (Hurn to Johannesburg), on 05.01.47 (UK to Karachi) and 24.01.47 to Cairo and the return flight on the 28th, both listed as a Supplies/Training flight both ways. c/n 1210, pi MW121, registered on 05.07.44. Crashed at Tripoli’s Castel Benito airport on 01.02.49.
York BOAC G-AGNO Arrived from Heathrow on 16.06.47 at 18:46, onto Cairo & Karachi. Returned on the 20th between 11:27-13:50. Another Heathrow-Karachi flight on the 24th, between 14:50-16:06.  
York BOAC G-AGNR Departed Karachi on 27.06.47 at 01:29 GMT, via Basrah, Egypt and Malta at 10:59, the latter two on the 28th. Took off from Malta at 12:15  
York BOAC G-AGSM Arrived from Hurn to Johannesburg on 03.05.47 at 15:30, departing at 16:40. Aircraft returned on 12.05.47, between 02:50-05:03.  
York BOAC MM167 Arrived on 26.06.47 at 17:50 on a Heathrow-Malta-Heathrow flight.  
York BOAC MW181 Departed Heathrow on 01.07.47 at 12:35GMT, Gibraltar at 20:30GMT, landed at Malta on 03:10 on the 2nd. Left Malta at 07:00 for Gibraltar & London.  
Avro RJ-70 * A.M. 9H-ACM 21.02.89  
        
 
Boeing

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR REG. NOTES HISTORY
B.727 Lufthansa D-ABKD Arrived on 29.02.88, training starting on 1 March. Damaged wing tip during touch & go’s in heavy winds, training resumed on the 3rd till the 6th, departing on the 7th. c/n 20902
B.737 * A.M. 9H-ABC 25.03.92  
B.737 * A.M. 9H-ABR 28.04.02  
B.737 * A.M. 9H-ABT Training sessions on at least two different dates, 13.03.98 & 21.08.01.  
B.737 * A.M. 9H-ADI 28.04.02  
B.737 * German Cargo D-ABHE Noted on 26 Nov & 09 Dec 1990.  
B.747 Alitalia I-DEMA 11.12.78  
B.747 Alitalia I-DEMO 17.01.79  
B.747 Alitalia I-DEMU 10.01.79 again seen on 17.02.79.  
B.747-230B Lufthansa D-ABYN Arrived on 20.11.88 as LH6702, training starting the same day. c/s during training sessions was LH47. Departed on the 24th as LH1201.  
B.747-230B Lufthansa D-ABZC 27-30.12.88  
B.747 Swissair HB-IGA 11.12.78  
B.747 * Swissair HB-IGG 05.11.91  
B.747 * Swissair N221GF 29.12.90  
B.757 * B.A. G-BIKS 22.10.90  
B.757 * B.A. G-BMRD Training session from at least 30-31.01.90  
        
 
Douglas

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR REG. NOTES HISTORY
DC-3 BOAC G-AGFY Arrived on 11.07.47 at 17:18, departed Heathrow via Marignane.  
DC-3 BOAC G-AGKC Arrived on 28.10.46. Departed from London Heathrow on 27th at 06.44GMT, Marignane on the 28th at 6.40GMT, Malta 11.41 to Cairo. Returned directly from Cairo on the 30th.  
DC-8 * Balair HB-IDZ Noted on two separate sessions, 08.01.84 & between 28-31.01.85.  
DC-8 * Swissair HB-IDL Pilot training at least between 23-24.10.83.  
DC-8 * Swissair HB-IDO 23.11.82  
DC-9 Swissair HB-IFI 25.03.79  
DC-9 * Swissair HB-IFH 29.11.84  
DC-9 * Swissair HB-IFK 06.02.82  
DC-9 Swissair HB-IFP 18.03.79  
DC-9 Swissair HB-IFV 01.02.79,  
DC-9 Swissair HB-IFV 22-27.03.87  
DC-9 Swisair HB-IFY 23.03.79  
DC-9-32 Swissair HB-IDP Training session between 25-29.11.85, departing on the 30th.  
DC-9-32 Swissair HB-___ 07-11.01.86  
DC-9-32 Swissair HB-___ Arrived during first week of March 1986.  
DC-10 Alitalia I-DYNA 23.02.79, again arriving on 03.03.79  
DC-10 Alitalia I-DYNB 24.01.79  
DC-10 Alitalia I-DYNC 11.01.79, 17.01.79  
DC-10 Alitalia I-DYND 21.12.78, again on 12.03.79  
DC-10 Alitalia I-DYNO 09.02.79  
DC-10 Alitalia I-DYNU 17.11.78, 02.12.78, 26.12.78???  
DC-10 * Lufthansa D-ADGO 06-07.03.90  
DC-10 Swissair HB-IHB 05.12.78  
DC-10 Swissair HB-IHD 02.11.78  
DC-10 Swissair HB-IHI 25.03.79. Was seen again on 23.12.87, conducting pilot training the following day.  
DC-10 Swissair HB-IHK 20.03.79  
        
 
Fokker

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR REG. NOTES HISTORY
F.27 * L.A.A. 5A-DBS 11.04.91  
F.27 L.A.A. 5A-DDU Pilot training between 10-11.11.88  
F-28 Sirte Oil Company HB-AAS One day training sortie on 13.03.89  
F.100 Swissair HB-IVA Aircraft arrived on 14.02.88 until 28.03.88. It carried 53 passengers, including flight instructors, trainee pilots and technicians from Swissair, Fokker and Rolls Royce. Inbound c/s was SR8418, and c/s SR10 was used during training. Again seen between between 18-20.04.88 & 20-23.03.89.  
F.100 Swissair HB-IVB Training programme between 05-08.12.88. Exact dates of arrival/departure not known.  
F.100 Swissair HB-IVC Training session between 20-21.06.88 and 18-19.07.88.  
F.100 * Swissair HB-IVD 04-07.06.90  
F.100 Swissair HB-IVF Training between 05-06.10.88, departed on the 07th.  
F.100 * Swissair HB-IVG 30.08.90  
F.100 * Swissair HB-IVH 30.08.89  
F.100 * Swissair HB-IVI 17.04.93  
        
 
Handley Page

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR REG. NOTES HISTORY
Halifax C Mk. VIII BOAC G-AHYI/PP331 Landed on 23.10.46 direct from Heathrow, then on to Cairo. Again seen on 11.12.46, on a direct flight from Heathrow, then to Cairo. Aircraft carried no log book. Returned on the 15th. c/n 1373, registered on 24.09.46, wfu Bovington 10/49. Canx as wfu 20.03.50.
Halifax C.VIII BOAC G-AIAN/PP271 Arrived on a direct flight from Heathrow on 11.01.47 at 16.00, onto to Cairo. Returned on the 13th. c/n 1344. Registered on 02.09.46, restored to the RAF as PP271 in April 1947. Canx 25.04.47. NOTE: This aircraft was listed as being G-AIAP on the 11th. However, G-AIAP was serial number PP281 with the Royal AF.
Halifax BOAC PP272 Arrived on 18.03.47 at 14:20 on a direct flight from Almaza, Egypt, onto the UK. Again seen between the 21st-22nd, landing at 20:29, departing for Cairo at 10:25, with 12 crew. Returned on the 24th at 12:05, departing on the 25th, but returned for unknown reasons at 12:20. Left Malta on the 27th at around 06:25.  
Halifax BOAC PP317 Arrived on 18.03.47 at 14:45 direct from Heathrow, onto to Cairo. Returned on the 24th stopping between 04:10-10:20.  
Halifax BOAC PP326 Landed on 21.03.47 at 23.55 on a Heathrow to Cairo flight. Returned on the 24th at 16:50, departing on the 25th at 09:25.  
Halifax C Mk. VIII BOAC PP327 Arrived on 07.11.46 on a training flight from Cairo to the UK. On loan to BOAC.
        
 
McDonnell Douglas

Additional unidentified Swissair aircraft seen on training sessions were in December 85, February & November 87 and January 88.

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR REG. NOTES HISTORY
MD-81 Swissair HB-INA Training session during late April, departed on 01.05.87  
MD-81 * Swissair HB-INE 17.11.94  
MD-81 Swissair HB-ING Pilot training between 25-27.01.89, departing on the 28th.  
MD-81 * Swissair HB-INH 01.03.85  
MD-81 Swissair HB-INL 28-29.11.88  
MD-81 * Swissair HB-INM On two different occasions between 06-10.03.90 & between 20-21.02.85.  
MD-81 * Swissair HB-INP On two different occasions, 05.12.85 & 30.12.92.  
MD-81 Swissair HB-INS Arrived on 07.12.86, using c/s SR8548, started training the same day, stayed for about 3 days.  
MD-81 Swissair HB-INT 30.12.86  
MD-81 Swissair HB-INU Training session between 22.02.88-03.03.88.  
MD-81 Swissair HB-INV 13-15.04.88, again between 22-25.03.92. *  
MD-81 Swissair HB-INX 28.02.89-04.03.89  
MD-81 Swissair HB-INZ 27-30.12.88. No flying took place on the 29th. Another session on 20.02.93. *  
MD-87 CTA HB-IUB Training sessions between 10-11.11.88 & 11-14.12.88.  
MD-87 CTA HB-IUC 13-17.01.89. Another session on 09.05.89.  
        
 
Misc. types

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR REG. NOTES HISTORY
Ai. Ambassador BEA G-ALZW Arrived on 26.09.54 as BE142/2609 at 15:37. Departed for Catania at 16:30, using c/s Trng 68, returning at 17:17. Departed Malta on the 27th at 10:30 as BE143/2709.  
Bell 412 * Heliswiss HB-XNB 20.06.82 In Malta from at least 26 Jan – 03 Jul 82.
Bo. Challenger 350 VistaJet 9H-VCD Pilot training on 09.06.15. c/n 20535.
Bo. Challenger CL-600-2B16 VistaJet 9H-VFI Pilot training on 29.04.15. c/n 5984.
Bo. Challenger   M-OLOT Circuits on 19.07.14, c/s VMP967.  
Bo. CL604   VP-COP Arrived on 29.04.14, training the same day.  
Bo. BD-700-1A11 Global 5000   5A-UAC Performed several touch & go’s on 07.01.15.  
Bo. BD-700-1A11 ElitAvia Malta Ltd. 9H-GVA Training session in the afternoon of 29.03.16. c/n 9458
Bo. BD-700-1A10 Vistajet 9H-VJF Conducted several touch & go’s on 12.09.14.  
BAe 125-700 Bristow helicopters   Training session between 10-12.03.90, departing on the 12th. Arrival was probably on the 10th.  
Casa 212 * Med-Avia 9H-AAQ Noted pilot training on 13.12.90, 30.01.91, 25.11.91 & 18.09.00.  
Casa 212 * Med-Avia 9H-AAR 16.11.89  
Casa 212 *   HB-LXK 20.04.92  
Ce. S550 Citation SII M.C.M. 9H-MCM ILS circuits on 20.06.14, c/s HYP006. S550-0028, pi’s S5-BAX, HB-VHH, N1260L
DH Comet 4B B.E.A. G-APMC Arrived on 18.02.60, between 14:15-16:00, c/s TRNG 306. From/to the UK. c/n 6423.
Gulfstream G650 Comlux Malta 9H-ZMB Pilot training on 31.03.15. Aircraft had been delivered on the 27th. c/n 6116.
Miles HDM 105 Halton   G-AHDP Arrived on 17.04.47 at 16:05. Listed as a training flight, departing Heathrow at 00:00 or 08:00Z (time not clear on Customs records), to Ceylon. Returned as flight 1XT4 on 25th at 02:45.  
P. Aztec * Excelair 9H-ABM 30.12.90  
S. S25R Sandringham BOAC G-AGKX 14.07.48, landed at Marsaxlokk harbour. c/s 4XT20 Arrived from/ returned to Augusta, Italy. Original departure from Southampton. c/n ML788.
        
 
Vickers

AIRCRAFT OPERATOR REG. NOTES HISTORY
Vanguard B.E.A.   Pilot training began on 01.11.64.  
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APEB c/s MG228A. At Luqa between 06-12.05.67. Landed at 13:25, departed at 11:30. No passengers on either arrival or departure flights, but came with 7 crew, left with 4. Training flight status not confirmed.  
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APEC c/s BE/MG216. At Luqa between 27-30.04.67. Training flight status not confirmed.  
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APEI Pilot training on 13.01.68.  
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APEM c/s BE/MG 192. At Luqa between 16-20.03.67, landing at 07:35, departing at 11:45. Arrived w/o passengers, but left with 62. Training flight status not confirmed.  
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APEN c/s BE595. Landed at Luqa on 31.10.66-22:15, departing on 08.11.66 at 20:05. Training flight status not confirmed.  
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APEO Aircraft was being used on a pilot training programme. Photographed landing with engine feathered on 04.12.67.  
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APEP At Luqa between 22.01.67-04.02.67. Arrived as BE192 with 67 pax & 6 crew at 06:40, Departed at 07:45 for Rome with 6 crew and no passengers.

Returned the same day at 11:45 as MG228 with 63 pax and 6 crew. Dep on 12.02.67 at 19:30, with 65 pax & 7 crew.

Again seen at Luqa on 23.04.67 as MG243, landing at 18:00 with 19 passengers, departing on the 26th at 03:35 with 61. Training flight status for all three occasions not confirmed.
 
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APER Pilot training between 01-03.11.66, landing at 13:30, departure at 15:35. c/s VANTRG 632.

Again seen on 05.03.67 at 13:45, but no departure details available, c/s BE/TRNG 637.

Another four day visit between 04-08.04.67, c/s BE/MG 216, but pilot training status not confirmed.

It returned the following day the 9th, staying until the 23rd. c/s BE/MG717, arrived w/o passengers but left with 60. Again, training status not confirmed.
 
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APES According to Custom file 13/IA-32, this aircraft arrived from Palermo on 06.11.63 at 19:10 as BE230 with 87 passengers and 7 crew. Scheduled to leave on the 7th at 00:55, departure date was crossed out, replaced with 13th at 08:10. There were no passengers on departure for Catania, only 8 crew, Original destination (Brussels?) also crossed out. Training Flight?  
Vanguard B.E.A. G-APET Pilot training between 09-22.01.67. c/s BE633.  
Viking 1B B.O.A.C. G-AHPL Arrived from Tunis & Catania on 10.11.47 at 20:28, using flight number Training 634C. Five crew, no passengers. Departed for the UK on the 11th at 09:25.  
Viscount B.O.A.C. G-AMAV Arrived on 12.09.52 at 16:03, departing on the 14th at 15:00 c/s BE TRNG 1209. Another one-day training session held on 20.11.52 arriving at 11:30, c/s TRNG 34. No departure time given.  
        
 
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