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Iberia is hit today by the first of 30 one-day strikes

Iberia Express Airbus A320-211 EC-FNR (msn 323) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 908105.

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.

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Saicus Air to get into the passenger business

Saicus Air (formerly Flyant Cargo) (Palma de Mallorca)

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez.

has acquired ex-Pronair McDonnell Douglas DC-9-87 (MD-87) EC-KRV (msn 49843). The cargo carrier is getting into the passenger charter business.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. EC-JRV is pictured at Palma de Mallorca after refurbishment.

Spanish upstart AlbaStar acquires its first aircraft

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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.

TUI Travel to sell Jet4you to Royal Air Maroc

TUI Travel PLC (London) has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Royal Air Maroc (RAM) (Casablanca) for RAM to take a majority stake in Jet4you (jet4you.com) (Casablanca).

Jet4you is TUI Travel’s Moroccan carrier which operates low cost routes between Morocco and European cities.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Jetairfly’s Boeing 737-46J OO-JAM (msn 28867) dressed in Jet4you’s distinctive 2006 green color climbs away from Palma de Mallorca.

FlyLAL Charters creates a Polish subsidiary

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Boeing 737-322 SP-HAA (msn 24664) visits Palma de Mallorca.

FlyLAL Charters (Vilnius) in April created a new Polish subsidiary. The first aircraft is this ex-United Airlines Boeing 737-322 SP-HAA (msn 24664).

Iberia narrows its first quarter loss to $64 million

Iberia (Madrid) lowered its first quarter net loss to $64 million.

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Norwegian reports a first quarter loss of $33.7 million

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Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) reported a $33.7 million first quarter net loss according to this ATW report.

Passengers carried was up an impressive 28 percent to 2.68 million.

During the quarter Norwegian received six new Boeing 737-800s, bringing its fleet to 51 aircraft excluding those on wet-lease.

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Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Newly-acquired Boeing 737-8FZ LN-NOV (msn 31713) now carries the tail image of Sedish Poet Evert Taube. The new airliner is pictured landing at Palma de Mallorca.

Air Nostrum leases Bombardier DHC-8-315 EC-LFH in Arik Air colors

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 suspends all operations

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.

Nigerian Eagle receives first 2 Embraer ERJ 195s

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez.  Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (195) 5N-VNH (msn 19000210) passed through Palma de Mallorca on October 15 on delivery.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez. Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (195) 5N-VNH (msn 19000210) passed through Palma de Mallorca on October 15 on delivery.

Nigerian Eagle Airlines (Lagos) has taken delivery of its first two new Embraer ERJ 190-200LRs (195s) registered 5N-VNH and 5N-VNI.