LTE International Airways
|Ceased operations||15 November 2008|
|Operating bases||Barcelona-El Prat Airport
Reina Sofía Airport
Son Sant Joan Airport
|Parent company||Globalia Corp.|
|Headquarters||Palma de Mallorca, Spain|
Lte International Airways S.A. (Lte Volar Airlines) was a charter airline based in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. It operated passenger charter services throughout Europe. Its main base was Son Sant Joan Airport, Palma de Mallorca with hubs at Reina Sofía Airport, Tenerife, Gran Canaria International Airport, Lanzarote Airport, Fuerteventura Airport and Barcelona International Airport.
From 1993 until May 2001, LTU was the sole owner having bought out the other original shareholders. On 24 May 2001, LTU sold the airline to a group of Spanish and Italian businessmen, including the Volare Group. As a result, LTE was rebranded Volar Airlines.
On 16 October 2008, Lte abruptly announced that it was suspending all flights -both regular and charter- due to the financial situation of the company, which made it difficult to meet the next few days' operational expenses. Only the three aircraft operating for other airlines will be kept pending further decisions. It has subsequently announced a resumption of charter operations from 27 October 2008
On 27 October 2008, Lte announced on their web site they had resumed their charter activities and expected to re-open the on-line bookings, with no other details. It had continued limited ACMI operations on behalf of other carriers until 15 November 2008 when it finally suspended all operations.
Lte served the following destinations (at Summer 2008):
- Cape Verde with TACV
- United Kingdom
- Saudi Arabia
The Lte International Airways fleet consisted of the following aircraft (at 7 November 2008):
|Airbus A320-200||3||1 operated for Nouvelair|
At 7 November 2008, the average age of the Lte International Airways fleet was 14.3 years.
On 18 May 2005, a Jordanian Airbus A320, registration JY-JAR operating for LTE suffered a braking malfunction on landing at Leeds Bradford Airport in the UK following a flight from Fuerteventura Airport. The aircraft touched down on runway 14 just beyond the touchdown zone, approximately 400 m (1,300 ft) beyond the aiming point. The pilots determined that the rate of deceleration was inadequate and applied full reverse thrust and full manual braking in an effort to stop the aircraft, however the normal braking system malfunctioned and the Captain turned the aircraft onto a level grassed area to the right of the runway where it came to rest. There were no injuries to the passengers or crew, however the Air Accidents Investigation Branch made seven safety recommendations in the final accident report.
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