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Air Europa
Air Europa
Air Europa Logo (2015).svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded1986; 34 years ago (1986)
AOC #ES.AOC.004[1]
Focus cities
Frequent-flyer programSuma
(formerly Flying Blue and Fidelitas)
SubsidiariesAir Europa Express
Fleet size45
Parent companyGlobalia[2]
HeadquartersLlucmajor, Mallorca, Spain
Key people
Employees2,949 (5 March 2014)

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, Mallorca, Spain,[3][4][5][6] and has its main hub at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport with secondary focus cities at Palma de Mallorca Airport and Tenerife North Airport.[7][8][9]

Air Europa flies to over 44 destinations around Spain, Europe, South America, North America, the Caribbean, Morocco, and Tunisia.[10][7] 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.

In November 2019, it was announced that Air Europa would be acquired by the International Airlines Group (IAG).[]


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.[11] 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.[12]

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.[13] Air Europa retired its last Boeing 767 on 13 April 2012.[14]

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.[15]

On 4 November 2019, Iberia, British Airways & Vueling parent IAG announced its EUR1 billion ($1.1 billion) acquisition of Air Europa in cash from Globalia, the deal should close in the first half of 2020. Air Europa operates 66 aircraft and generated a EUR100 million operating profit in 2018. The brand will be retained initially within Iberia, IAG expects a return on investment by the fourth year, with full synergies by 2025: intra-group codeshares, Madrid timing adjustments, sales and loyalty programmes alignment. The synergy could propel the Madrid hub into a rival to Paris, London and Frankfurt, and may lead the Europe to the Caribbean and to Latin America markets, also linked to Asia.[16]


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 from Madrid. Its main base is Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport.[17]

Codeshare agreements

As of January 2020, Air Europa has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:[18]


An Air Europa Boeing 787-8
An Air Europa Airbus A330-300
An Air Europa Boeing 737-800 wearing the SkyTeam special livery
An Air Europa Embraer 195 painted in the airline's former livery

Current fleet

As of September 2020, the Air Europa fleet consists of the following aircraft:[20]

Air Europa fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A330-200 8[21] 24 275 299 To be replaced by Boeing 787 Dreamliner.[22]
Airbus A330-300 2[21] 34 265 299
388 388
Boeing 737-800 20 12 168 180
Boeing 737 MAX 8 22[22] TBA Deliveries postponed indefinitely due to Boeing 737 MAX groundings[23]
Boeing 787-8 8 22 274 296
Boeing 787-9 5 13 30 303 333[24] Deliveries until 2022.
To be replacing remaining Airbus A330 series.[22][25]
Total 45 35

Historical fleet

Air Europa previously operated the following aircraft:[26]

Air Europa historical fleet
Aircraft Introduced Retired Notes
Airbus A340-200 2005 2007
ATR 42 1996 1997
Boeing 737-300 1986 2004
Boeing 737-400 1994 2006
Boeing 737-600 2003 2004
Boeing 757-200 1987 1998
Boeing 767-200 1996 2001
Boeing 767-300ER 2000 2012
British Aerospace ATP 1996 2001
Embraer 195 2008 2017 operated by Air Europa Express

See also


  1. ^ "Listado de Certificados de Operador Aéreo (AOC) de avión y helicóptero" (PDF). Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea (AESA). Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "IAG to acquire Spain's Air Europa for $1.1bn". ch-aviation. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ "Corporate Information / Globalia Archived 2010-12-09 at the Wayback Machine." Air Europa. Retrieved on 17 December 2010. "Air Europa Líneas Aéreas, S.A.U. ·Centro Empresarial Globalia. Apdo. Correos-132. 07620 Llucmajor - Baleares - Spain"
  4. ^ "Bases_Sorteo_Ginebra.pdf." Air Europa. Retrieved on 8 November 2012. "AIR EUROPA LÍNEAS AÉREAS S.A. (Sociedad Unipersonal), con domicilio en Polígono Son Noguera, Carretera Arenal-Llucmajor, Km 21,5 de Llucmajor, Mallorca,"
  5. ^ "Fact Sheet Archived 2009-02-26 at the Wayback Machine." SkyTeam. Retrieved on 27 December 2008.
  6. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. 16-22 March 2004. "62." "Centro Empresarial Globalia, PO Box 132, Llucmajor, Baleares, 07620, Spain"
  7. ^ a b "Air Europa Route Map and Destinations -".
  8. ^ "Air Europa Challenges Iberia's Latin Dominance". Skift Airline Weekly. February 25, 2019. Archived from the original on July 24, 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Air Europa crea su base de operaciones en Barajas". abc. September 25, 2013.
  10. ^ Payet, Jose Antonio (January 31, 2019). "Air Europa Continues to Grow Latin American Market, Nears Long-Standing Competitor".
  11. ^ "History of Air Europa". Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "Globalia". Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ Air Dominicana listed as defunct. Retrieved 2009-09-29 Archived April 27, 2009, at
  14. ^ "Air Europa". Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ Vinholes, Thiago (2019-05-23). "Anac aprova concessão da Air Europa no Brasil" [Anac approves Air Europa concession in Brazil]. UOL (in Portuguese). São Paulo. Retrieved .
  16. ^ David Kaminski-Morrow (4 Nov 2019). "IAG acquires Air Europa in bid to transform Madrid". Flightglobal.
  17. ^ "Air Europa route map, June 2018 (from inflight magazine "Europa")". June 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "Corporate information".
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Fleet". Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ a b "Airbus orders and deliveries". Airbus. May 2019. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ a b c "Air Europa firmó en 2015 acuerdos para adquirir 20 aviones Boeing 737-8" [Air Europa signed agreements in 2015 to acquire 20 Boeing 737-8 aircraft]. (in Spanish). Unidad Editorial Información Económica S.L. 22 April 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  23. ^ Press (January 20, 2020). "As new Boeing CEO takes over, it's unclear when the 737 Max will fly again". CNET.COM. Retrieved 2020.
  24. ^ 2017, UBM (UK) Ltd. "Air Europa schedules 787-9 Argentina service in March 2018". Routesonline. Retrieved .CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  25. ^ "Spain's Air Europa to lease four B787-9s from BOC Aviation". Retrieved 2017.
  26. ^ "Air Europa Fleets". Retrieved 2012.

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