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FORMED IN 1988 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1989. REGIONAL, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
Canon del Ambar, s/n, Urb. Ind.
Salinetas, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands
SPAIN (KINGDOM OF SPAIN) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1479, IT COVERS AR AREA OF 504,750 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 41 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS MADRID, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS SPANISH.
JUNE 1997: 3 ORDERS ATR 72-202'S.
SEPTEMBER 1997: BINTER CANARIAS (BIC) IS AN IBERIA (IBE) SUBSIDIARY.
INTERNATIONAL PASSENGER SERVICES FROM GRAN CANARIA, AND TENERIFE, TO LANZAROTE, FUERTAVENTURA, LAS PALMAS, EL HIENNO, EL HIERRO, & FUNCHAL.
DC-9-32 (47088) RETURNED TO (IBE).
DECEMBER 1997: 2 ATR 72-202'S (488; 493) DELIVERIES.
APRIL 1998: 310 EMPLOYEES.
FEBRUARY 1999: 1 B AE ATP, BRITISH WORLD (BAF) WET-LEASED FOR MALAGA-MELLILA. "BINTER CANARIAS" NAME CHANGED TO "BINTER MEDITERRANEO."
APRIL 1999: 310 EMPLOYEES. SITA: LPAKKNT. TFNKKNT.
1 ATR 72-212 (459), EX-CONTINENTAL EXPRESS.
NOVEMBER 1999: 1998 = +$5.27 MILLION (+$1.71 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
JANUARY 2000: 1 ATR 72-212 (459) PURCHASED OFF LEASE.
IBERIA SELLS BINTER CANARIAS (BIC) TO A CANARY ISLANDS FIRM, HESPERIA, ALONG WITH 2 SPANISH BANKS, WHO NOW CONTROL 91% OF (BIC).
APRIL 2000: 300 EMPLOYEES. (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MAIN BASE: MALAGA.
JULY 2000: 1999 = 257 MILLION (RPK) (TRAFFIC) (-18.7%); 64.3% LF (LOAD FACTOR); 3 MILLION (FTK) (FREIGHT TRAFFIC); 1.91 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+2.1%); 306 EMPLOYEES (-1.3%).
DECEMBER 2000: 1 ATP, BRITISH WORLD (BAF) LEASED, TIL FEBRUARY 2001.
FEBRUARY 2001: IBERIA (IBE) AND AIR NOSTRUM PLAN TO INTEGRATE BINTER MEDITERRANEO, INTO (IBE)'S FRANCHISE.
AIR NOSTRUM PLANS TO REPLACE THE CN-235'S, WITH ATR 72'S.
APRIL 2001: ANGEL MULLOR, PRESIDENT ELECTED (CEO) OF IBERIA (IBE).
353 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 85 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 85 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 65 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
JULY 2001: 1 B AE ATP, BRITISH WORLD (BAF) WET-LEASED FOR ROUTE TO FUERTEVENTURA.
AUGUST 2001: ACCDT: BINTER MEDITERRANEO, CN-235 (C033, EC-FBC) TWIN ENGINE PROPELLOR AIRPLANE, CRASHED ON LANDING AT MALAGA AIRPORT, OVERRUNNING ONTO HIGHWAY = 1/3 FATALITIES OF 3/44.
APRIL 2002: PARENT, IBERIA (IBE) SELLS (BIC) FOR EUR 52.6 MILLION TO
A CONSORTIUM OF ISLAND INVESTORS.
2001 = 2.2 MILLION PASSENGERS, USING FLEET OF 11 AIRPLANES ON 14 ROUTES. PRE-TAX 2001 = +EUR 9.08 MILLION.
July 2002: 2001 = +$8.04 MILLION: 383 MILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+4.3%); 77.6% LF LOAD FACTOR; 2.21 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).
October 2002: 1 ATR 72-202 (301, OY-RUB), Danish Air Transport leased.
April 2003: 1 ATR 72-202 (367), ex-Bangkok Air, Aircraft International Renting leased.
July 2003: 300 employees. (email@example.com).
January 2004: 6 orders (May 2004) ATR 72-500's.
May 2004: 737-800, Futura (FUA) wet-leased for charters.
June 2004: 1st of 6 ATR 72-500's (ATR 72-202A) (711, EC-IZO) painted in new livery, and equipped with new Elegance cabin in 72 economy (Y) configuration. ATR 72-212A (709, EC-IYC) delivery. ATR 72-201 (260) returned to ATR.
July 2004: 2003 = 396 million (RPK) traffic (+2.6%); 68.5% LF load factor; 2.24 million passengers (PAX) (+1.3%); 533,000 (FTK) freight traffic (-23%).
Las Palmas to Lisbon, Oporto (737-800, (FUA) wet-leased). Considering service to Gambia, Mauritania, Morocco, & Senegal.
ATR 72-202A (712, EC-JAH) delivery. ATR 72-201 (267) returned to ATR.
September 2004: ATR 72-212A (713, EC-JBI) delivery. ATR 72-202 (157, EC-EUJ), sold to ATR.
November 2004: Plans to lease 2 - 4 A320's to begin scheduled and charter flights to Europe, as well as operation on its primary Canary Islands routes.
October 2005: Binter Canarias (BIC), which has added 7 new ATR 72s to its fleet over the past 15 months, was honored by the European Regional airline Association (ERA) as its "Airline of the Year" in ceremonies in Gothenburg at the group's General Assembly. "The airline has overcome challenges and has developed a firm base for a niche business," the judges declared in awarding the honor to the Canary Islands carrier. "They are not afraid to challenge themselves through reinvention, re-branding and a fresh approach." (BIC) operates a fleet of 13 ATRs, 2 1900s and 1 737. Airline officials expect to add another 4 - 5 jets in the near future with 160 seats or more with an eye to launching service into Europe. "In order to expand, we have to go beyond the range of the ATR," Managing Director Andreas Blass explained. Aegean Airlines (CRM) was awarded a silver medal for its overall performance and Ireland's Aer Arann was awarded a bronze medal.
ATR said that Spain's (BIC) ordered a new ATR 72-500, which is set for delivery in mid-2006. It currently operates a fleet of 13 ATRs.
1 order 737-4Q8 (25169, EC-INQ), Futura International (FUA) wet-leased for Las Palmas to Bergamo and Paris.
January 2006: Spain will spend $3.5 billion over the next 14 years improving the 8 airports in the Canary Islands, according to a Development Ministry statement cited by "Reuters." The enhancements will include terminal extensions, new runways and more parking.
March 2006: ATR 72-212 (726, EC-JQL), delivery.
May 2006: Binter Canarias (BIC) is increasing the frequency of flights from Las Palmas to Marrakesh (Morocco) from 2 to 3 flights a week and uses an ATR 72 on the route.
August 2006: Binter Canarias (BIC) is a regional carrier operating extensive inter-island services within the Canary Islands.
(IATA) Code: NT - 474. (ICAO) Code: IBB.
Parent organization/shareholders: Hesperia Inversiones Aereas (100%).
Main Base: Gran Canaria Las Palmas airport (LPA).
Hub: Tenerife Norte airport (TFN).
Domestic, scheduled destinations: Fuerteventura; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; San Sebastian de la Gomera; Santa Cruz de la Palma; Tenerife; & Valverde.
International, scheduled destination: Funchal; Laayoune; Marrakesh; Milan; & Paris.
ATR 72-512 (468, EC-JCR), Cimber Air leased.
October 2007: ATR 72-212A (763, EC-KKQ), SwiftAir (SWF) wet-leased.
September 2009: Once again in August, Binter Canarias (BIC) topped the list of European carriers with 98.09% of its flights arriving within 15 minutes of published schedules against an average for the group of 84.17%.
October 2009: The Spanish government will lend domestic airlines up to €600 million/$895.8 million in 2010 to 2012 in order to "avoid possible restructuring or bankruptcies," it said in a statement cited by "Dow Jones."
March 2010: ATR 72-212A (902, EC-LFA), delivery, ex-(F-WWER).
April 2010: Binter Canarias (BIC) returned to the top of the European on-time arrival performance list among European carriers in March. Overall on-time performance for March was 80.7%, a big improvement over February's 70.96% with Olympic (OLY) and Alitalia (ALI) Express making major improvements.
1. Binter Canarias - 93.87%
2. KLM Cityhopper - 93.54%
3. VLM Airlines - 92.29%
4. Alitalia Express - 90.34%
5. (KLM) - 90.3%
6. Germanwings - 90.22%
7. Aerienne - 90.22%
8. Brit Air - 89.99%
9. Olympic Air - 89.38%
August 2010: Binter Canarias (BIC) launched 2x-weekly service from Tenerife Norte to Funchal on July 12 using ATR 72-500s of partner Naysa Aerotaxis. It has announced plans to add more regional routes to Africa with Agadir and other destinations in Guinea, Mauritania and Morocco being high on the wishlist. (BIC) currently serves Laayoune and Marrakech.
January 2011: Binter Canarias (BIC) has won the 2010 "Arrival Performance among Regional European Airlines" award presented by http://www.FlightStats.com. (BIC) achieved a 2010 on-time performance record of 90.64%. The average on-time performance was 80.97% for this category which is comprised of airlines based in Europe with service concentrated in Europe and operating at least 20,000 scheduled flights annually.
January 2012: Binter Canarias (BIC) has established Canarias Airlines (Las Palmas) as a new subsidiary operating 2 ATR 72-500s on behalf of the carrier, mainly between Las Palmas and Tenerife Norte. Binter Canarias (BIC) has previously already outsourced a lot of its operations to Naysa Aerotaxis and has created further tensions with its trade unions following the set-up of Canarias Airlines as a new lower cost carrier (LCC).
August 2012: Binter Canarias (BIC) will wet-lease a CRJ-200 from Air Nostrum (IATA Code: YW, based at Valencia Manises airport (VLC)) from September 11 to be able to launch 2 new, 2x-weekly, scheduled services from Las Palmas Gran Canaria International (LPA) to Lisbon Portela de Sacavem (LIS) and Praia International (RAI) airports. (BIC) currently already serves Funchal airport (FNC) as well as 4 destinations in Morocco. It had previously operated some longer international flights in 2006 and 2007 with a 737-4Q8 wet-leased from Futura International Airways (FUA) at the time.
September 2012: Islas Airways ((IATA) Code: IF, based at Tenerife Norte airport (TFN)) is in major financial troubles having reportedly not paid salaries to its employees since May. It has now also laid off approximately -30 of its 250 employees and plans to introduce short time work for the remaining workers. Islas competes with Binter Canarias (BIC) operating 3 ATR 72-200s and 3 ATR 72-500s on routes linking the Canary Islands. Islas Airways says that its issues are partially caused by unpaid subsidies that the Spanish government provides for residents traveling on its services.
October 2012: Islas Airways ((IATA) Code: IF, based at Tenerife Norte (TFN)) has suspended all of its operations on October 16 due to financial difficulties. It had already been forced to cancel most of its flights on various days during the last couple of weeks because of strikes by employees due to unpaid wages. Islas had operated 3 ATR72-200s and 3 ATR 72-500s on regional services between the Canary Islands competing with Binter Canarias (BIC) and offering routes between its 2 bases at Las Palmas Gran Canaria International (LPA) and Tenerife Norte (TFN) and from both to Fuerteventura El Matorral (FUE), Lanzarote Arrecife (ACE), Santa Cruz de La Palma (SPC) and Valverde El Hierro (VDE). It had originally launched operations back in 2003.
July 2013: Binter Canarias (BIC) started operating its 2nd route to Marrakech (RAK) in Morocco on July 1, when it launched weekly (Monday) ATR 72-operated service from Tenerife North (TFN). (BIC), which already serves Marrakech with 2x-weekly frequencies from Las Palmas, plans to operate the newly launched service until September 23.
October 2013: Binter Canarias (BIC) the Spanish regional airline which focuses most of its flying activity in the Canary Islands, has commenced flights on the 132 km sector from Tenerife Sur (TFS) to El Hierro (VDE), which is not only the smallest of the 13 Canary Islands, but it is also the furthest south and west of the Atlantic Ocean archipelago. The route began on September 21, flown by (BIC)’s ATR 72s, with both of the 2x-weekly rotations operated on the same day (Saturday). There is currently no competition on the route.
BinterCanarias (BIC) added Gran Canaria (LPA) to Dakar (DKR) to its route network on October 14th. The 1,476 km route is operated by Air Nostrum on behalf of Binter Canarias (BIC) using CRJ 200s on a weekly basis (Mondays). (BIC) competes with Iberia (IBE), which offers 2x-weekly A321 services between the two airports.
February 2014: Binter Canarias (BIC) has placed a firm order for 6 ATR 72-600s for its fleet renewal valued at just under $150 million at list prices.
(BIC) has operated ATRs on intra-island services since 1989 and today its fleet includes 18 ATR 72-200s and ATR 72-500s, making it one of Europe’s largest ATR operators.
Announcing the deal at the Singapore Airshow, ATR said (BIC)’s new ATR 72-600s will be progressively introduced from 2015.
“The ATR airplane family feature unrivaled performances in very short-haul networks and at small runways as those of the Canary Islands. ATRs experience also outstanding success at many other archipelagos all over the world, such on the Caribbean region or in French Polynesia,” said ATR.
Binter (BIC) also operates 4 Bombardier CRJ200ERs on lease from Spanish regional Air Nostrum.
June 2015: 2 ATR 72-212A (879, EC-MHI; 982, EC-MHJ), ex-(OY-YAI and OY-YAF), Nordic Aviation Capital leased.
September 2015: Binter Canarias (BIC) has taken delivery of the 1st of 12 ATR 72-600s ordered through 2 different contracts signed in 2014 and earlier this year. With the introduction of these new ATR 72-600s series’ aircraft, (BIC) will progressively upgrade its current fleet, consisting of 16 ATR 72-500s.
Binter (BIC), which is a long-standing ATR operator, said it has progressively developed its regional network over the Canary Islands with ATR aircraft since 1989.
The new ATR 72-600s, configured with 70Y seats and equipped with the latest navigation technologies tools and highest standards of passenger comfort, will enable Binter (BIC) to “upgrade its fleet to continue providing an optimal service in the inter-islands connections in the Canary Islands and in its international routes operated with this aircraft model (Madeira, Marrakech, Casablanca, Agadir, and El Aaioun),” it said.
(BIC) President, Pedro Agustin del Castillo said, “We have needed an important investing effort to achieve this operation. Our aim is to keep and even further enhance the standards of quality in the inter-islands operations, thus responding to our commitment with the Canary Islands.”
March 2016: BinterCanarias (BIC), the Spanish regional airline, has launched a weekly (Wednesdays) service from Tenerife North (TFN) to the resort city of Agadir (AGA) on the Moroccan southern Atlantic coast on March 2. The 702 km sector is flown by (BIC)’s 72-seat ATR 72 fleet, and will face no direct competition. The city pair is the only Moroccan service Binter currently operates from Tenerife North.
September 2016: ATR 42-500 (709, EI-IYC) transferred to Binter Linhas Aereas Cabo Verde 2016-08.
October 2016: News Item A-1: Spanish regional airline Binter Canarias (BIC) is establishing a subsidiary in Cape Verde, an archipelago of islands off the northwest coast of Africa.
“We think we will get our license in 15 days and 1 week later we will start to fly,” (BIC) President Pedro Augustin de Castillo said, speaking at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) General Assembly in Madrid.
He added that Cape Verde was selected because the archipelago is similar to Binter Canarias (BIC)’s core operation between the Spanish Canary Islands.
The new subsidiary, Binter CV, will initially operate 2 ATR 72-500s, although the fleet is expected to grow to 4 or 5 aircraft. These are being phased out of (BIC)’s main operation in favor of newer ATR 72-600s.
ATR (CEO) Patrick de Castelbajac said (BIC)’s aircraft operate in challenging conditions, as the ATRs are exposed to salt water while operating between islands, and the short sectors do not give the aircraft an opportunity to dry. “In terms of maintenance, there are some preventative steps which can be taken. We send [other airlines] to (BIC) to see how it can be done,” he said.
The startup will compete against incumbent carrier (TACV) Cape Verde Airlines (TCV), but Binter CV plans to offer more frequencies than its local rival and is expecting to carry around 400,000 passengers a year.
Binter (BIC)’s fleet comprises 14 ATR 72-500s, 4 ATR 72-600s (plus another 14 on order) and 2 Bombardier CRJ900s. By 2021, (BIC) plans to operate 18 ATR 72-600s from the Canaries, plus 5 ATR 72-500s in Cape Verde.
Over the next 2 years, (BIC) is also looking to replace a pair of CRJ900s on wet lease from Spanish regional airline Air Nostrum. As part of this changeover, Binter Canarias (BIC) aims to double its jet fleet from 2 to 4 aircraft, which the airline will “most probably” operate itself.
“Our growth will be in Africa and also in Cape Verde,” de Castillo said, adding that he plans to add onward legs to existing services and introduce a new business (C) class on West African services.
News Item A-2: Binter Canarias (BIC) ordered +6 more ATR 72-600s, and has now ordered 18 (4 delivered) to replace its ATR 72-500s.
January 2017: ATR 72-600 (1359, EC-MOL), ex-(F-WWET) delivery.
February 2017: Iberia (IBE) and the Canary Islands-based Binter (BIC) reached a code share agreement to facilitate travel between Madrid and Agadir, El Aioun, Sal Island and Nouakchott. Flights to those African destinations will be sold under (IBE)’s flight code, while (BIC)’s code will also be added on Iberia Group flights between Madrid and Gran Canaria that connect to its flights to/from those African destinations.
May 2017: 1 Bombardier CRJ1000 (19055, EC-MPA "Macaronesia"), ex-(C-GZUY) leased from Air Nostrum.
October 2017: News Item A-1: Binter Canarias (BIC) opened a new route from Tenerife North (TFN) to Lisbon (LIS) on October 29. (BIC) will serve the 1,323 km sector 2x-weekly with its CRJ series aircraft. (BIC) will face no direct competition on the new route.
News Item A-2: Air Europa (ARE) commenced 3 new services from Gran Canaria (LPA) to Fuerteventura (FUE), Lanzarote (ACE) and Tenerife North (TFN) on October 30. For the week commencing October 31, the 161 km Gran Canaria to Fuerteventura sector will be served by 18x-weekly frequencies, the 208 km Lanzarote route will be served by 20x-weekly flights and the 111 km Gran Canaria - Tenerife North airport pair will be operated 46x-weekly. Each of these short intra-island hops will be flown by (ARE)’s ATR 72s. (ARE) will face direct competition from Binter Canarias (BIC) and Canaryfly on all 3 routes.
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0 737-4Q8 (CFM56-3C1), (2237-25169, /92 EC-INQ), (FUA) WET-LEASED 2005-10. RETURNED. 170Y.
0 737-800 (CFM56-7B), (FUA) WET-LEASED 2004-05.
0 DC-9-32, EX-(IBE). 4 RETURNED.
2 ORDERS A320-200.
1 ATR 42-500 (709, EI-IYC) TRANSFERRED TO BINTER LINHAS AEREAS CABO VERDE 2016-08.
2 ATR 72-201 (PWC124B) (260, /91 EC-FIV; 267, /91 EX-FJX; 276, /91, EC-FKQ), 260 RETURNED 2004-06. 267 RETURNED 2004-07. 72Y.
0 ATR 72-202 (PW124B) (301, OY-RUB), DANISH AIR TRANSPORT WET-LEASED 2002-10. RETURNED. 72Y.
5 ATR 72-202 (PW124B) (154, /89 EC-ESS; 157, /89 EC-EUJ; 183, /90 EC-EYK; 488, /96 EC-GRP; 307, /92 EC-IPJ; 489, /96 EC-GQF; 493, /97 EC-GRU). 157 SOLD TO ATR 2004-09. 183; RETURNED ATR 2005-02. 72Y.
1 ATR 72-212 (PW124B) (367, /93 EC-IMH "PLAYA DE FUETEVENTURA") EX-(BKK), LEASED 2003-04. 72Y.
3 ATR 72-200 (PW124B) (488, /96 EC-GRP; 489, /96 EC-GQF; 493, /96 EC-GRU), 1997-12. 68Y.
0 ATR 72-212A (PW124B) (459, /95 EC-HBU; 468, EC-JCR, 2006-08; 582, /99 EC-HEZ "MONTANA DEL FUEGO"), 68Y.
1 ATR 72-500 (PW127) (726, /06 EC-JQL), 68Y.
0 ATR 72-500 (PW127F) (763, /07 EC-KKQ), (SWF) WET-LEASED 2007-10. RETURNED. 72Y.
12 ATR 72-500 (PW127) (709, /04 EC-IYC; 711, /04 EC-IZO; 712, /04 EC-JAH; 713, /04 EC-JBI; 716, /05 EC-JEH; 717, /05 EC-JEV; 752, /07 EC-KGI; 753, /07 EC-KGJ; 795, /08 EC-KRY; 796, /08 EC-KSG; 850, /09 EC-KYI; 864, /09 EC-LAD), 72Y.
2 ATR 72-500 (PW127) (902, /10 EC-LFA; 907, /10 EC-LGF), 70Y.
4 +2 ORDERS ATR 72-600 (PW127) (879, EC-MHI, 2015-06; 982, EC-MHJ, 2015-06), NORDIC AVIATION CAPITAL LEASED. 70Y.
1 +11 ORDERS ATR 72-600 (PW127) (1359, EC-MOL), 2017-01. 70Y.
2 BEECHCRAFT RAYTHEON 1900D (PT6A-67D) (UE-300, /98 EC-IJO; UE-308, /98 EC-JBT), NAYSA WET-LEASED IN (BIC) COLORS. 19Y.
4 BOMBARDIER CRJ200ER, AIR NOSTRUM LEASED.
2 BOMBARDIER CRJ900 (15063, EC-MEN "VIRGENDE LA CANDELARIA" 2015-03, (15065, EC-MFC "VIRGEN DEL PINO" 2015-05), EX-(C-FIAP & V-GLPP), EX-AIR NOSTRUM, ALL WHITE WITH BINTER TITLES.
1 BOMBARDIER CRJ1000 (055, EC-MPA "MACARONESIA"), EX-(C-GZUY) LEASED 2017-05.
0 CASA CB235-100. RETURNED.
0 CASA CN-235-200 (018; 029; 030) SOLD TO (CASA) 2002-03.
0 B AE ATP, (BAF) WET-LEASED TIL 2001-10.
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MIGUEL ESCUDERO CASTILLO, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
PEDRO AGUSTIN DEL CASTILLO MACHADO, PRESIDENT.
ALFREDO IGLESIAS LOPEZ, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL.
LUIS GREGORIO GARCIA RUIZ, GENERAL MANAGER.
JOSE ANTONIO CARRILO ROMERO, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS.
RAFAEL LOPEZ FERNANDEZ, DIRECTOR MAINTENANCE.
VICTOR SIVERIO, DIRECTOR CARGO.
GERADO GONZALEZ, DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
LILIANA PORTUGAL, DIRECTOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) & MARKETING.
JOSE ANTONIO CARRILO ROMERO, OPERATIONS MANAGER.