Air Europa Líneas Aéreas, S.A.U., branded as Air Europa is the third-largest Spanish airline after Iberia and Vueling. The airline is headquartered in Llucmajor, Majorca and maintains bases at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport, Barcelona–El Prat Airport and Palma de Mallorca Airport. The airline is 100% owned by Globalia, a travel and tourism company managed by Juan José Hidalgo and operates domestic, medium and long-haul flights. Since September 2007 Air Europa has been a member of the Skyteam alliance.
|Hubs||Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport|
|Frequent-flyer program||Suma |
(formerly Flying Blue and Fidelitas)
|Subsidiaries||Air Europa Express|
|Company slogan||Your travel companion|
|Parent company||Globalia Corp.|
|Headquarters||Llucmajor, Mallorca, Spain|
|Key people||Juan José Hidalgo, Chairman and CEO|
|Employees||2,949 (5 March 2014)|
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Air Europa started in 1986 (registered in Spain as Air España SA and previously known as such) as part of the British ILG-Air Europe Group and 75% owned by Spanish banks. It originally had a similar livery to Air Europe but with Air Europa titles and its aircraft were registered in Spain. It flew holiday charters from Mediterranean resorts and European cities using Boeing 737-300s and Boeing 757s. It was the first Spanish private company to operate national scheduled flights (besides charter flights which used to be its main business).
When parent company ILG ceased trading in 1991 Air Europa continued profitably with a larger fleet of Boeing 737s and 757s. It signed a franchise agreement with Iberia in January 1998, but this has since been dissolved. It is now owned by Globalia Corporación Empresarial S.A.
At the end of the 1990s Boeing 737-800 jets were introduced along with a new livery. In June 2005 it was announced Air Europa was among four future associate members of the SkyTeam alliance, due to join by 2006. However, the joining date was postponed, and it did not become a member until 1 September 2007. Air Europa was the parent company for Air Dominicana, the new flag carrier of the Dominican Republic, until bankruptcy was declared on 21 September 2009. Air Europa retired its last Boeing 767 on 13 April 2012.
On 22 May 2019, the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil (ANAC) granted Air Europa permission to operate domestic flights in the country. This is the first time a foreign company is granted this authorisation, after Brazilian laws were changed to allow full foreign ownership of domestic airlines. As of June 2019, no details are available yet about Air Europa's future domestic operations in Brazil, a market which the airline already serves with international flights from Madrid to Salvador and Recife.
Air Europa operates tour services between northern and western Europe and holiday resorts in the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands. It also operates domestic scheduled services and long-haul scheduled services to North America and South America. Its main base is Palma de Mallorca Airport, Palma de Mallorca. Since the late 1990s, scheduled flights have increased their share of operations.
As of May 2018, the Air Europa fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A330-200||10||—||24||275||299||Two painted in SkyTeam livery.|
To be replaced by Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
|Airbus A330-300||2||—||34||265||299||To be replaced by Boeing 787 Dreamliner.|
|Boeing 737-800||21||—||12||168||180||One painted in SkyTeam livery.|
|Boeing 737 MAX 8||—||22||TBA||Deliveries begin in 2020.|
Replacing older 737-800.
|Boeing 787-9||2||16||30||303||333||Replacing remaining Airbus A330s until 2022.|
Air Europa previously operated the following aircraft:
|British Aerospace ATP||1996||2001|
|Embraer 195||2008||2017||operated by Air Europa Express|
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