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26/04/2022 By : Katherine

Air Europa expands with new aircraft and more destinations

Air Europa is continuing its expansion beyond pre-pandemic levels with the acquisition of new aircraft and an increase in the range of destinations from its Madrid hub.

The airline, which has its hub at Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport (MAD) expects occupancy levels to increase 5 per cent above 2019 levels during the second half of this year.

Air Europa plans to increase the number of seats offered on main routes from its Madrid hub during the second half of 2022. To achieve its goal, it will take delivery of five Boeing 787 Dreamliners, four of which are the result of the recent sublease agreement with Norse Atlantic Airways.

Air Europa will reach 23 destinations in the Americas in 2022

The expansion of the Dreamliner fleet will strengthen Air Europa’s offering in the intercontinental market which will be the same as in 2019. The fleet additions will also allow the carrier to reach a total of 23 destinations in the Americas this year.

Air Europa has made a commitment to aircraft which are more efficient in terms of fuel consumption and environmental impact within its long-range fleet. The airline’s short and medium-haul fleet will also be reinforced with the incorporation of six new Boeing 737-800s. Air Europa plans to operate 33 routes in Spain and Europe. The company will operate an almost exclusively all-Boeing fleet, with the consequent optimisation of operations and customer service. The new aircraft will be added to its fleet progressively over the coming months.

By restoring its pre-pandemic capacity and adding new aircraft, Air Europa is positioning itself in the best possible conditions to take advantage of the summer season.

In November 2019 the International Airlines Group (IAG) and Globalia signed an agreement to acquire Air Europa. The Covid-19 pandemic has heavily impacted the purchase procedures and IAG is still waiting for approval from several European government, with the final goal to acquire 100 per cent of the Spanish carrier.

IAG believes acquiring Air Europa would improve Spain’s and Madrid Barajas’ positions as a continental hub in Europe which could compete with Amsterdam-Schiphol, London-Heathrow, and Paris-Charles de Gaulle.

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