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Not to be confused with Swift Air, Swift Air Malawi, or Swift Aire Lines.
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1986
Fleet size 41
Headquarters Madrid, Spain
Website swiftair.com

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 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]


Swiftair's headquarters in Madrid
Swiftair Boeing 737-300F

The Swiftair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 2 April 2016):[4]

Swiftair fleet
Aircraft Active Orders
ATR 42
ATR 72
Boeing 737-300
Boeing 737-400
Embraer EMB-120
Total 45 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 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 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.[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.


  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. ^ "rance says Air Algerie pilots had asked to turn back before fatal crash". Herald Globe. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Swiftair at Wikimedia Commons