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IATA ICAO Callsign
Fleet size43
HeadquartersMadrid, Spain

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.


The airline was founded in 1986.[2] It wholly owns subsidiary Mediterranean Air Freight. Currently Swiftair is also a United Nations contractor 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]


Swiftair's headquarters in Madrid

The Swiftair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 2 August 2017):[4]

Swiftair fleet
Aircraft Active Orders
ATR 42
ATR 72
Boeing 737-300
Boeing 737-400F
Embraer EMB-120
Total 43 0

Incidents and accidents[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 January 2012, a plane sustained substantial damage during a botched landing at Kandahar.
  • On July 24, 2014, a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 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 and crashed in Gossi, Mali, killing all 116 people on board.[5]
  • On January 18, 2016, an Embraer 120 freighter took out runway edge lights during its takeoff roll at Amsterdam Schiphol airport, on a flight to London Stansted. No injuries occurred.
  • On November 17, 2016, a Boeing 737-400 registration EC-MAD, was flying on behalf of EAT Leipzig out of Shannon Airport when the pilots reported shortly after liftoff that they had lost all instrumentation. The crew remained in visual contact with the airport and returned for a safe landing.[6]


  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. ^ https://www.planespotters.net/airline/Swiftair
  5. ^ "France says Air Algerie pilots had asked to turn back before fatal crash". Herald Globe. Retrieved 28 July 2014.
  6. ^ "...in the initial climb out of Shannon's runway 24 when the crew reported they had lost "everything"". The Aviation Herald. Retrieved 9 July 2018.

External links[edit]

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