Air Europa, founded in 1984 under the trade name of Air España, is a Spanish airline with headquarters in Llucmajor (Balearic Islands, Spain). The airline was owned by the English tour operator ILG (International Leisure Group). It began making charter flights between Spain and the United Kingdom in November 1986. When the airline industry in Spain began its deregulation in 1993, the company began offering scheduled flights.
The company has used, throughout its history, a fleet composed exclusively of Boeing aircraft, particularly B737, B757 and B767, which surprised everyone when, in 2005 it announced the purchase of ten Airbus A350 as well as the immediate rental of four A330-200 and A340-200, also of the French Airbus, to undertake new long-haul flights.
On September 5, 2007, the airline along with Copa Airlines and Kenya Airways announced its official entrance as associate member of the SkyTeam alliance, whose members include Air France, KLM, Alitalia and Aeromexico.
On January 22, 2008 it announced the purchase of eight units of the Boeing 787-800 airplanes, thus becoming the first Spanish airline to incorporate this model into its fleet.
In October 2013, the airline signed a new order for eight units of the Boeing 787-900 Dreamliners and eight other units of the Boeing 737-800 that will be received from in the years 2020 and 2016 respectively.
The network of destinations of The airline is organized around a central airport or hub in Madrid-Barajas , with bases in the airports of Barcelona, Palma de Mallorca, Gran Canaria and Tenerife-Sur. The airline offers almost 200 daily flights between all their destinations, and roughly one-half of them have as source or destination Madrid-Barajas .
In Venezuela, The airline has the most consolidated international route, MAD-CCS-MAD. The airline has plans to increase their daily frequencies, as well as their destinations, to and from Caracas.
The airline has participated, since 2004, as a pioneer in the Link2000 program by Eurocontrol, through which it puts in practice the air-land data transmission service (datalink) available to the air traffic control (ATC) in the central area of Europe, based on the new ATN (aeronautical telecommunication network).
The participation of the airline in these programs of technological innovation has led the company to various achievements and awards:
In November 2005, it became the second European airline, behind Scandinavia’s SAS, to make operational use of the new technique of communication between pilot and air traffic controller, CPDLC, where it replaces the use of voice communications with the transmission of text messages.
In the summer of 2008 and 2009 the airline was invited by the FAA to participate in the AIR tests (Atlantic Interoperability Initiative to reduce emissions) whose objective was to validate and quantify the benefits of a new technique that allows a change in the flight plan for the aircraft once it is already en route. The procedure consists in that the office of flight control calculates a new flight plan with the most up-to-date weather information and in the event that a new path is found that is better, shorter or would signify less fuel consumption, a message is sent via datalink to the airplane and then to ATC to validate this new path to follow.
Registered head office and customer service contact details for this airline’s headquarters:
Centro Empresarial Globalia. Apdo. Correos-132. 07620 Llucmajor – Baleares – España
34 807 50 50 52
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