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Airbus’ Getafe, Spain production facility delivers the first A350-1000 horizontal tail plane

Airbus has reached another A350 XWB programme milestone with start-up of A350-1000 horizontal tail plane deliveries from the company’s Getafe, Spain facility. The initial A350-1000 horizontal tail plane will be integrated on Airbus’ no. 1 flight test aircraft, which currently is going through its final assembly process in Toulouse, France, as per planning. Commenting on...

Sky Valet opens Malaga FBO

Sky Valet has opened a new FBO in Malaga, Spain. Sky Valet launched in 2015. It offers ground handling services to passengers, crew members and aircraft at Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Valencia, La Coruña, Santiago de Compostela, Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza airports. These FBOs are all coordinated from an operations centre in Madrid. Sky Valet is committed to the IS-BAH standa...

Vueling Airbus A-320 at Barcelona on Feb 6th 2016, commenced takeoff without clearance and rejected

A Vueling Airbus A320-200, registration EC-LVS (in the last couple of years, this aircraft has been involved in zero other incidents. The same airline, Vueling, has been featured in totally 34 incidents or accidents) performing flight VY-1005 from Barcelona,SP to Madrid,SP (Spain), was cleared to line up Barcelona's runway 07R full length and wait. An Ural Airlines Airbus A321-200, registra...

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...