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Aviophobia: Low-flying Swiss Air plane scares Palma, Majorca residents

A large commercial aircraft spent Monday morning circling low over the historic center of Spanish resort Palma, scaring crowds and leading to all sorts of social media speculation. In the end, the flight turned out to be just a peaceful training exercise. The Spanish airport operator Aena said that Swiss Air had asked for permission to conduct a training flight that would continue for several d...

IAG Cargo to start Madrid to Shanghai and Tokyo services

IAG Cargo is to start Madrid – Shanghai in late 2016 and Madrid – Tokyo services from 18 October. The flights will be operated by Iberia, and will be served by Airbus A330-200s with 13 tonnes of cargo capacity. The Tokyo flights will leave Madrid on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays while the Shanghai services are subject to granting slots and permits. The Iberia routes follows t...

Iberia has announced plans for direct flights from Madrid to both Tokyo and Shanghai

Luis Gallego, Iberia’s Chairman and CEO, says: “We have always wanted to be a global airline. With these routes to Tokyo and Shanghai, we take a step in that direction, while we bring closer our country to two economical and touristic powers such as Japan and China”. Pending government approval, starting on 18 October, Iberia will operate three flights per week to Japan,...

New budget airline in Spain 'charged an illegal fee to candidates who applied to become pilots

Passengers often joke that low-cost carriers will charge a fee for almost anything, and now an airline in Spain has been accused of illegally charging job applicants for an interview. Hopefuls who sought jobs as pilots and flight attendants with Air Europa Express were forced to pay a €60 (£45 or $65) fee to reach the final stage of the application process, unions have claimed. Th...

Iberia launches new Airbus A330 variant

Iberia has become the first airline to take delivery of the Airbus A330-200 with an increased maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 242 tonnes. The 11,500km-range aircraft is particularly suitable for Iberia’s longest routes, such as those to Buenos Aires and Montevideo. In May 2015 US major Delta was the launch carrier for the 242-tonne MTOW version of the larger A330-300. Iberia plans...

SENER Delivers the First Helicopter to the Spanish Navy of the AB212 Life Extension Program

The SENER engineering and technology group, in a joint venture with INAER, the main helicopters operator in Spain, has delivered the first Agusta Bell 212 (AB212) helicopter to the Directorate-General of Armament and Material (DGAM) of the Spanish Ministry of Defense, after completing the first phase of its modernization that will extend the operational life of seven AB212 helicopters by at least...

KLM to launch service to Salt Lake City (USA) and Ibiza (Spain)

KLM’s network is developing progressively, offering more capacity and wonderful new destinations. Last week, KLM added five new European destinations, and we will also begin operating flights to Ibiza and Salt Lake City. These two new destinations will enable us to offer even better service to business and leisure travellers. Amsterdam – Salt Lake City, operated by KL...

Spanish Ghost Airport "Paid Ryanair 420,000 Pounds to Fly There"

A "ghost airport" in Spain that waited four years for its first commercial flight has been accused of paying Ryanair, now its sole airline, EUR600,000 (420,000 pounds) a year to fly there. Castellon was finished in 2011 at a cost of more than 100 million pounds but had not seen a single passenger through its gates until March this year when the Irish low-cost airline arrived...

Incorrect Nav Frequency Setting Led To Citation CFIT

Investigators concluded that the most likely scenario leading to the fatal controlled flight into terrain of a Citation 500 while on an ILS approach at night to Spain’s Santiago Airport on Aug. 2, 2012, is that the crew inadvertently set the VOR frequency instead of the localizer frequency into their radios, according to a recently issued final report. Consequently, the aircraft made an unst...

New long-haul aircraft order for Iberia

Iberia has confirmed an order for two long-haul Airbus A330-200s, to be delivered in 2017-2018. The twin-engine A330/200s modern and highly fuel-efficient and will reduce CO2 emissions. They have a range of up to 11,500 kilometres. The new aircraft will raise to 29 the number of long-haul aircraft ordered by Iberia since August 2014, of which deliveries will begin next month. Thirteen new Ai...

Carlos Gomez is appointed as MD of TAG Aviation España

Carlos Gomez has been appointed managing director of TAG Aviation España, effective from 1 January 2016. Gomez succeeds Rafael Villaneuva who has decided to pursue other opportunities outside the company. After leading TAG Aviation España earlier in his career with the company, Gomez held the position of CEO, TAG Aviation Asia, for the past four years. In returning to Madrid, G...

Vueling Airlines reveals two new Manchester flights

Vueling Airlines has said it will launch two new routes from Manchester Airport for summer 2016.  Part of International Airlines Group, Vueling will offer direct services to Alicante and Rome from June 2016. The Spanish low cost airline will operate three flights a week to Alicante and two flights a week to Rome in addition to their existing service to Barcelona, which started in June 2...