Swiftair

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Swiftair
SwiftAir - Logo.svg
IATA
WT
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]

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.[3]

Destinations[edit]

See Swiftair Group Destinations

Fleet[edit]

The Swiftair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 24 July 2014):[4]

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.[5]
  • 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.[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. ^ "ATR 72 order for Swiftair". Airliner World. July 2007. p. 6. 
  4. ^ Swiftair Fleet Details and History
  5. ^ http://avherald.com/h?article=4621d637&opt=0
  6. ^ "rance says Air Algerie pilots had asked to turn back before fatal crash". Herald Globe. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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