|Operating bases||Madrid Barajas International Airport|
|Focus cities||Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Tenerife Norte, Frankfurt|
|Parent company||IMES (Grupo ACS) (100%)|
Cygnus Air (Corporación Ygnus Air) is a cargo airline based in Madrid, Spain. It is a privately owned airline operating scheduled flights to destinations in Spain and Germany. Its main base is Madrid Barajas International Airport. Founded in 1994 as Regional Líneas Aéreas, it has undergone a number of name changes along its history.
The airline was founded by Regional Airlines (France) together with the Spanish Gestair group as 'Regional Líneas Aéreas' in 1994. The airline operated scheduled passenger flights from Madrid with a fleet of Saab 340.
Cygnus Air (1998 - 2007)
In January 1998 Regional was renamed Cygnus Air and by November the airline shifted to full cargo operations. Its fleet consisted then of two Douglas DC-862F aircraft. In July 2002, a DC8-73F was phased in. At that time the airline was owned 60% by Macholfam International, a branch of the Gestair group, and 40% by Imesapi of the ACS group.
Gestair Cargo (2007 - 2013)
Gestair Cargo expanded and modernized its fleet in 2011, adding a Boeing 767-300F in January and another Boeing 767-300F in March. By March 2010, following a capital increase, 73% of the company belonged to Imesapi and 27% to the Gestair group.
Cygnus Air (2013 - )
In mid 2013 Gestair sold its cargo section to the founder of the Dutch Antilles Express airline, US businessman Arnold Leonora. As a result, the airline made changes to its livery again, resuming operations under its previous name, Cygnus Air.
The Cygnus Air fleet includes the following aircraft (as of June 2014):
- "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 70.
- Gestair - Aeroplane Guide
- Airways, June 2007
- Fly-news, 8 January 2011
- ch-aviation - Gestair sells off cargo subsidiary; now operating as Cygnus Air again
- "Photos: Boeing 757-256(PCF) Aircraft Pictures Airliners.net". Airliners.net. June 23, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013.
- "CH Aviation: Gestair sells off cargo subsidiary; now operating as Cygnus Air again". ch-aviation.ch. July 1, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- Planespotters - Cygnus Air