Tag Archives: Fleets

Plus Ultra got their first A340 Startups

Plus Ultra Líneas Aéreas / plusultra.com

On Monday, Sep 1 Plus Ultra received in Madrid their Airbus A340-313X 9Ac-LG, serial number 212. This is the first aircraft officially incorporated to their fleet. However, the airline still lacks an Air Operator’s Certificate. This has been confirmed by Rony Nahon – commercial director for Plus Ultra – to Preferente.com. Nahon used to work for Air Madrid. Plus Ultra may be one of the Spanish startups which gestation period is longest: almost five years. According to Flynews, this A340 together with the 9AC-LH serial number 215 – also intended for Plus Ultra – have been parked in Amman (Jordan) where they were…

Iberia in good shape Airlines

Iberia A330 EC-LYF, with the new livery, getting out of the fog / Flickr - Curimedia | photography

In February, we anticipated that Iberia was working on an aggressive plan, after a deep restructuration. In fact, that restructuration goes on. ElMundo informed on July 24 that Iberia has reached an agreement with the Unions on a voluntary layoff for 1,427 employees. This will affect to handling staff and pilots, but not to cabin crew members. The process is expected to have been completed by 31 December 2017.To that respect, on August 11 Preferente.com informed that some of the items in that layoff have been contested before the National High Court by one of the unions (CTA).However, IAG is happy with the Iberia’s…

The Norwegian Madrid base is inaugurated Airlines,Airports

Norwegian B737 LN-KKW at Madrid / Aero Icarus

Yesterday, lainformacion.com informed that the Norwegian Madrid Base was opened during a launch ceremony. Thus, the third European low cost airline starts their Adolfo Suárez Madrid base to operate seven direct routes. Norwegian has already got a base in Alicante, Barcelona, Málaga, Gran Canaria and Tenerife. They have now based two B737-800s in Madrid to cover their daily flights to London and Copenhagen – One frequency is being added to the Copenhagen flight. Also, they will fly to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki, Hamburg, Warsaw and Malta.Ms Ana Isabel Mariño – the Madrid councillor of employment, tourism and culture – attended this ceremony, together with…

Agreement Iberia-handling employees Airlines,Handling,Regulations

Iberia A320 / Mikebert4

The negotiations between Iberia and the handling employees are expected to have finished by this week. Only a few days before the deadline for placing bids for the first handling tender on March, 20.Servimedia – Spanish news agency – was informed that Iberia achieved a deal with the representatives of the handling employees which would let them compete both in the handling tenders and in the aircraft maintenance market. To this respect, it is worth noting ActualidadAeroespacial informed that Iberia-Maintenance had reached an agreement with Evelop Airlines to perform the aircraft maintenance at the Iberia’s Barcelona base. In this market, Iberia intends to keep the Vueling’s contract,…

Air Europa to grow by 20% in 2014 Airlines,Handling

Air Europa, A330 landing at Madrid airport / José Luis Celada Euba

Air Europa’s chairman, Juan José Hidalgo, attended a meeting on Wednesday. He confirmed they will be starting operations in the new skyTeam airline’s hub on May, 15 according to Europapress. Thanks to the agreement reached with Aena, Air Europa will concentrate all operations in terminals 1, 2 and 3 of Madrid airport. Mainly in T3 and T2 where they will operate domestic and Schengen flights, while they will use T1 for the long haul. The new hub will also allow Air Europa to boost connections between Madrid and Latin America, the Caribean or North America. Also, they expect to open new…

Foreign airlines will continue to grow in Málaga Airlines,Airports,FC Tools

Málaga Airport Terminal - © Leoncio J / Flickr

Official data from Aena says eight out of the first ten operators in Málaga airport are not Spanish airlines. Malagahoy.es made contact with the management of four foreign airlines. They highlight the importance of Málaga for their companies although they showed their concern about the future, considering the doubts on the Aena’s privatisation process and the airport prices that will have to be paid in the medium and long term. This is a key to analyse the returns and decide the investments. Ryanair The leading company in Málaga is Ryanair. Last year they served nearly three million passengers, about double its closest competitor. This means…

Air Nostrum changes liveries in line with Iberia Airlines

AirNostrum web site screenshot

The Iberia’s franchised airline for regional flights has presented their new livery today. The new image is included in the Iberia Group’s renewal strategy. The Air Nostrum’s fleet will go updating the brand gradually, in order to save costs. Hence the same agenda for painting aircrafts is to be kept.   Source: Expansion.com

Evelop Airlines about to start operations Airlines,FC Tools,Startups

Orbest Orizonia Airlines Airbus A320

“Out of the 867,765 passengers lost when Iberworld ceased operations, only 201,127 have been kept by Orbest” we had said in our post IAG lost 1.6 million passengers. Ryanair 2.3 million. How many of them were lost because of the lack of a Spanish AOC? The availability Iberworld had offered during the summer 2012 between Madrid and Cancun or Punta Cana was 64% of their overall capacity. According to the current regulation, unless an exceptional permit is obtained, only a Spanish airline can fly to different countries in the Caribbean.To understand how important the routes with the Caribbean are in Madrid, it is enough to know that over 550,000…

What’s up with Iberia? Airlines

Iberia's new logo.

It looks like they are changing strategies in view of the spectacular passenger loss they are suffering.  Comparing Jan-Aug 2012 v Jan-Aug 2013 Iberia lost over 5.1 million passengers (36.8%). What’s up with Iberia?Also, in the displayed ranking note that Air Europa overtook Iberia as the third Spanish operator in passengers.We already informed about the third strategic plan they are working on and about the new brand they have just presented this month.To this respect, liligo.es explained last Monday that the new livery, which might recall British Airways, would be an aim of modernisation to fight the bad numbers. The first A330 bearing the new logo might have been…

Summarizing the ongoing Spanish startups Airlines,Startups

Evening flight. Square composition / Fotolia

Following with the ongoing Spanish startups this is what the latest information says:Islas AfortunadasAeronoticiarioSCQ informed on Oct 4 that they are expecting to start operations in December with a Gran Canaria-Tenerife flight. Afterwards they intend to go extending operations to other destinations such us Madrid, Barcelona and Santiago de Compostela at first, to go on with the African destinations or the European routes of Paris, London and Berlin. But their intentions are to go far beyond and aim to fly to Dubai or even Venezuela.The airline’s home base would be Gran Canaria and the fleet would consist of A319 and A321,…