Swiftair

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Swiftair
SwiftAir - Logo.svg
IATA
W3
ICAO
SWT
Callsign
SWIFT
Founded 1986
Subsidiaries
Fleet size 40
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
Website http://www.swiftair.com/
Swiftair Boeing 737-300F at Madrid-Barajas Airport.

Swiftair S.A. is an airline headquartered in Madrid, Spain.[1] It operates scheduled and charter, passenger and cargo flights in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Its main base is Madrid–Barajas Airport.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The airline was founded in 1986.[2] It wholly owns subsidiary Mediterranean Air Freight. Currently Swiftair is also a United Nations contractor with one MD-83 based in Khartoum (Sudan) for the United Nations Mission in Sudan.[citation needed]

Incidents[edit]

In October 1994 one of its aircraft was written off when the crew forgot to lower the landing gear as the plane arrived in Madrid.

In May 1995, another aircraft was damaged beyond repair during a botched landing at Vitoria airport in Spain.

In July 1998 two crew were killed when a cargo aircraft crashed en-route to Barcelona when the pilot lost control of the plane.

In January 2012 a plane sustained substantial damage during a botched landing at Kandahar.

On May 10, 2013 a MD83 operated by the company performed scheduled flight VY-3913 from Palma de Mallorca to Madrid for Spanish low-cost airline Vueling. The aircraft suffered an engine problem on take-off but returned safely to Palma de Mallorca.[3]

On July 24, 2014 a MD83 operated by the company performed scheduled flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou to Algiers for Algerian airline Air Algérie. The aircraft disappeared off radar 50 minutes after takeoff.[4]

Fleet[edit]

The Swiftair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 24 July 2014):[5]

Aircraft orders[edit]

  • Swiftair has selected the Boeing 737-300F (converted freighter) from Bedek Aviation (Israel Aerospace Industries) as the basis of its future European freighter fleet. The first aircraft was delivered in May 2007 on lease from AWAS.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Contact." Swiftair. Retrieved on 26 January 2011. "Ingeniero Torres Quevedo, 14 | Pol. Ind. “Fin de Semana” Crta. Madrid/Barcelona Km. 13.100 | 28022 - Madrid."
  2. ^ "About us." Swiftair. Retrieved on 26 January 2011.
  3. ^ http://avherald.com/h?article=4621d637&opt=0
  4. ^ "rance says Air Algerie pilots had asked to turn back before fatal crash". Herald Globe. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 
  5. ^ Swiftair Fleet Details and History
  6. ^ "ATR 72 order for Swiftair". Airliner World. July 2007. p. 6. 

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