Iberia (Madrid) was hit today by the first day of 30 single-days strikes by its pilots who are protesting the launch of the lower-wage Iberia Express (Madrid). As a result, at least 150 flights today have been cancelled by the carrier.
AlbaStar (Palma de Mallorca) is a new Spanish airline which has taken delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing 737-400, formerly operated by Hola Airlines with the same registration (EC-LAV).
AlbaStar has been set up by former LTE and MyAir staff led by Michael Harrington, the former CEO of LTE. The new airline plans to base this first aircraft at Milan (Malpensa).
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Boeing 737-408 EC-LAV (msn 24352) is pictured at Palma de Mallorca on July 20 shortly after its delivery flight from Perpignan, where the aircraft was painted (minus titles) in the airline’s livery.
Air Nostrum (Iberia Regional) (Valencia) with the bankruptcy of Denim Air it leased Bombardier DHC-8-315 EC-LFH (msn 586, ex PH-DXA) on March 4, 2010. Denim Air previously operated the airliner for Arik Air (Arik Wings of Nigeria) and the aircraft retains the Arik Air color scheme now with small Air Nostrum-Iberia Regional titles.
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. EC-LFH is pictured at Palma de Mallorca.
Hola Airlines (Palma de Mallorca) yesterday (February 15) ceased all operations. The charter airline was operating two Boeing 737-400s (EC-KBO and LAV) and previously operated some Boeing 737-300s and one Boeing 757-200. Hola is the second airline in Spain to cease operations in 2010 (the first one was Quantum Air).
The number of airlines in Spain has dramatically fallen in the last two years (Airclass, Gadair, Girjet, Aircomet, LTE, Futura, Bravo Air, Lagun Air, Orionair, Pronair, Quantum Air and now Hola Airlines) due to the turbulent economic situation of the country.
Hola Airlines was established in 2002 and commenced charter and ACMI operations on May 15, 2002. It was originally established by Mario Hidalgo, who previously ran Air Europe Express, and is now the General Director of Hola Airlines.
Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Boeing 737-382 EC-IOR (msn 24449) arrives back at the Palma base. The jetliner is painted in the original 5-star 2002 livery.