Gestair

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Gestair
Aerospatiale SN-601 Corvette 100, Gestair AN0747802.jpg
Gestair Aerospatiale SN-601 Corvette 100 at Faro Airport
IATA
G5
ICAO
GES
Callsign
GESTAIR
Commenced operations 1977
Operating bases
Fleet size Fleet below
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
A Gestair Cargo Boeing 757
Gestair Flying Academy Cessna 172 Skyhawk
Gestair IAI Westwind.

Gestair (Spanish: Grupo Gestair) is an aeronautical group based in Madrid, Spain. In 2008 it operated three business units, including air cargo.[1]

History[edit]

Gestair was founded in 1977 in Madrid. It specialized in offering private jets for short lease from key airports in Spain and with the years it expanded its operations to include six hubs spread across the country. The aircraft of Gestair's Business fleet section are categorized into four types: ultra long range, long range, medium-range and short range.[2]

Along over three decades of operation the activities and services of Gestair group expanded to include charter airline services — through Audeli Air—, air taxi, flight training, handling, consulting, as well as maintenance and overhaul of aircraft.[3] The maintenance and overhaul unit, initially named Corjet Maintenance, was later renamed Gestair Maintenance.[4]

Gestair Cargo[edit]

Main article: Gestair Cargo

In 1994 Gestair founded 'Regional Líneas Aéreas' together with Regional Airlines (France). The airline operated scheduled passenger flights from Madrid with a fleet of Saab 340.

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.[5] In May 2007, as part of a new policy of the Gestair Group,[6] the name of the airline was changed to Gestair Cargo. At that time its main customer was Iberia Airlines.[7]

Gestair Cargo expanded and modernized its fleet in 2011 adding two Boeing 767-300F.[8] and By March 2010, following a capital increase, 73% of the company belonged to Imesapi and 27% to the Gestair group. In mid 2013 Gestair sold its cargo section to the founder of the Dutch Antilles Express airline, US businessman Arnold Leonora.[9]

Fleet (Gestair Business fleet section)[edit]

Gestair used different aircraft along its history. In 2009 it operated the following aircraft in its business fleet:[10]

Aircraft In Fleet Type Passengers Base Observations
Gulfstream G550 1 ULR 18 Torrejón (Madrid)
Bombardier Global Express 3 ULR 10-14 Torrejón (Madrid),Santiago,
Palma de Mallorca
Gulfstream V 1 ULR 12 Torrejón (Madrid)
Falcon 900B 1 LR 12 Torrejón (Madrid)
Gulfstream G200 1 MR 8 Torrejón (Madrid)
Falcon 2000 4 MR 8-10 Torrejón (Madrid)
Barcelona
Hawker 900 XP 1 MR 8 Barcelona
Hawker 800 XP 1 MR 8 Barcelona
Hawker 400 XP 1 MR 7 Torrejón (Madrid)
Cessna Citation V 1 MR 6-7 Torrejón (Madrid)
Cessna Citation X 1 MR 6 Gerona
Learjet 40 1 MR 6 Torrejón (Madrid)
Learjet 60 1 MR 6 Barcelona
Beechcraft Super King Air 1 SR 9 Torrejón (Madrid)
Pilatus PC12 1 SR 6 Barcelona
Cessna Citation 2 SR 5 Torrejón (Madrid)
Barcelona
Premier 1 2 SR 6 Torrejón (Madrid)

Note: ULR=Ultra Long Range, LR=Long Range, MR=Medium Range, SR=Short Range

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