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Airlines

Name: SPANAIR
7JetSet7 Code: SPP
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: PALMA DE MALLORCA
Country: SPAIN
Employees 3036
Web: spanair.com
Email: spanair@spanair.es
Telephone: +34(971 74 50 20
Fax: +31(971 49 25 53
Sita: PMIPRJK
Background
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Click below for data links:
SPP-2002-RANKINGS
SPP-2004-03-NEWS-A
SPP-2005-07-A
SPP-2006-1ST-6-MTHS STATS
SPP-2007-STATS
SPP-2008-03-PLANS
SPP-2008-08-ACCDT
SPP-2008-08-ACCDT-A
SPP-2009-06-NEW LIVERY
SPP-LOGO

FORMED IN 1986 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1988. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
PALMA DE MALLORCA AIRPORT
PO BOX 50086
E-07611 PALMA DE MALLORCA (BALEARES), SPAIN

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.

JANUARY 1996: SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) OWNS 49%, VIAJES MARSANS OWNS 51% (LARGEST SPANISH TRAVEL AGENT COMPANY).

SERVICES TO >100 CITIES IN EUROPE, BALLEARICS & CANARY ISLES, USA, MEXICO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, COSTA RICA, PANAMA, & COLOMBIA.

1995 = +4.3% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +8.7% PASSENGERS (PAX), +42% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.

OPERATES 13 AIRPLANES WITH 114 PILOTS (FC).

APRIL 1996; 1 MD-83 (49578) (GUI) LEASED. PLANNING TO LEASE 757 AIRPLANES. 1 MD-83, EX-OASIS.

MAY 1996: CONTRACT FOR 11 MD-80'S MAINTENANCE, TO SHANNON AEROSPACE.

JUNE 1996: 1 MD-83 (JT8D-219), EX-BRITANNIA NORDIC (TNS).

AUGUST 1996: SPANAIR (SPP) BELIEVES THE 767 IS NOT THE RIGHT AIRPLANE FOR THEIR OPERATION. PLANS TO LEASE A 757 IN NOVEMBER 1996.

OCTOBER 1996: OPERATING 767 OUT OF HELSINKI TO CANARY ISLES WITH 60% CABIN CREW FROM FINLAND.

1 757-200, (GUE) LEASED FOR SAME ROUTE (22197) 6 MONTHS. 1 MD-83 (JT8D-219), DELIVERY.

NOVEMBER 1996: 2 MD-87'S (49389, 706), EX-BRITANNIA NORDIC (TNS), LEASED. PLANS TO LEASE 2 757'S (24792, 25597), IN MARCH 1997.

JANUARY 1997: 2 757'S CHANGED TO (NA343; NA348), (GUI) LEASED.

APRIL 1997: 1,860 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 631 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 157 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(GUI) FAILED TO DELIVER 757'S. SPANAIR (SPP) IS UNHAPPY - NOW LOOKING FOR REPLACEMENTS.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219), (GUI) LEASED (49396). 757 (22197) TO (GUE).

JUNE 1997: 1 757, (GUE) LEASED FOR CANARY ISLANDS, TO EUROPE.

2ND 757 PLANNED FOR FALL.

JULY 1997: PILOTS (FC) UNION THREATENS 15 DAY STRIKE.

1996 = +$.97 MILLION (+$.24 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).

1 MD-83 (53198), EX-BRITANNIA NORDIC(TNS), (GUI) 5 YEAR LEASED

OCTOBER 1997: MADRID TO WASHINGTON DULLES (767-300ER, 18C, 248Y). 80 DAILY FLIGHTS TO 10 SPANISH CITIES.

1,628 EMPLOYEES.

+2 MD-80'S IN 1998.

NOVEMBER 1997: MD-83 (49708) RETURNED TO FINNAIR (FIN).

DECEMBER 1997: MADRID - RIO DE JANEIRO.

1 757-200 (22195) (RB211-535E4), (GUE) DAMP-LEASED, UNTIL APRIL 1998.

JANUARY 1998: 1 MD-82 (49571), EX-SWISSAIR (SWS), LEASED, USED AS SPARE AIRPLANE.

MARCH 1998: 20TH MD-82 (1440), EX-SWISSAIR (SWS), LEASED.

APRIL 1998: 1,952 EMPLOYEES.

10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY!

(http://www.spanair.com). (spanair@bitel.es).

RETURNED 757, WET-LEASED TO (GUE).

JULY 1998: 2 MD-83'S (49642; 49936), EX-BLUE SCANDINAVIA (TNS), GECAS (GEH) LEASED.

AUGUST 1998: 1 ORDER (OCTOBER 1998) 757-27B (24137), AIR HOLLAND (HOL) WET-LEASED FOR 6 MONTHS.

SEPTEMBER 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = +$1.26 MILLION (+$970,000) (NET PROFIT): 7.08 BILLION (RPK) (PASSENGER TRAFFIC) (+27%).

OCTOBER 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 3.57 BILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (+2.5%), 17.19 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+287%), 2.31 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+10.7%).

757-27B (24137), AIR HOLLAND (HOL) WET-LEASED FOR 6 MONTHS.

DECEMBER 1998: PLANS FOR +3 A320'S.

JANUARY 1999: AS SPAIN'S 2ND LARGEST AIRLINE, SPANAIR (SPP) IS TO ADD 6 MD-80'S (2 IN FEBRUARY 1999, 4 IN MARCH 1999), & +4 DOMESTIC CITIES. PLANS TO CODE SHARE WITH A USA AIRLINE. NEW SERVICE TO ALICANTE, VIGO, AND ASTURIAS. EXPANDS SERVICE TO LISBON IN SUMMER, & ADDS SEVILLE, IN NOVEMBER 1999.

1998 = 2.67 MILLION SCHEDULED PASSENGERS (PAX) (+19%), & PROJECTS >3.5 MILLION IN 1999 (+32%); 59.8% LF LOAD FACTOR.

FEBRUARY 1999: LAUNCHES NONSTOPS, MADRID TO ALICANTE, VIGO, AND OVIEDO.

MARCH 1999: 1 MD-82, EX-KOREAN AIR (KAL). 1 MD-83, EX-ALASKA AIRLINES (ASA), & 6 MD-82'S, EX-CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES (CEA). 1 MD-83 (49629), EX-EDELWEISS AIR (EDE), UNICAPITAL 54 MONTH LEASED. 33/12 ORDERS (SEPTEMBER 2000) AIRBUS SINGLE-AISLE AIRCRAFT: 7 A319'S; 17 A320'S; & 9 A321'S. LAUNCH CUSTOMER FOR NEW 93-METRIC-TON A321. ILFC WILL LEASE 15 AIRPLANES TO SPANAIR (SPP). (V2500) ENGINES.

APRIL 1999: 2,150 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 531 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 157 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(spanair@spanair.es). SITA: PMIRPJK.

MAY 1999: 2 MD-82'S (49517, EI-CTE; 49521, EI-CTF), GECAS (GEH) LEASED, UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1999.

JULY 1999: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 3.89 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+8.9%), 69% LF LOAD FACTOR (.), 22.35 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+29.9%), 2.62 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+13.6%).

10 ORDERS A320'S, 4 ORDERS A321'S, & 7 A320'S FAMILY, FROM LEASING COMPANIES. MD-82 (53148, EC-HFP), (GEH) LEASED.

AUGUST 1999: MD-83 (53052, EC-HGA "SUNISLAND") DELIVERY.

SEPTEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL) & BEYOND TO LOS ANGELES (LAX), SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), BOSTON, MIAMI (MIA), ORLANDO, NEW YORK, SAN DIEGO, SEATTLE (SEA), ATLANTA (ATL), CHICAGO (ORD), PHILADELPHIA, NEW ORLEANS, HOUSTON (HOU), & DALLAS/FORT WORTH (DFW).

WITH 6 MD-82'S, EX-CHINA EASTERN AIRLINES (CEA), (SPP) HAS TOTAL 30 MD-80'S FLEET.

OCTOBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH LUFTHANSA (DLH) BETWEEN SPAIN & GERMANY AND OTHER EUROPEAN NATIONS.

(DLH) WILL COOPERATE FOR MAINTENANCE OF SPANAIR (SPP) FLEET, INCLUDING 45 RECENTLY ORDERED A320 AIRPLANES.

NOVEMBER 1999: APPLIES TO USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) FOR EXTENSION OF MADRID TO WASHINGTON DULLES.

FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1998 = +$5.55 MILLION (+$1.26 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).

2 757-200'S (NB071; NB073), AIR HOLLAND (HOL) WET-LEASED FOR WINTER SEASON. 1 MD-83 (53052), EX-ALASKA AIRLINES (ASA), (ILF) LEASED.

DECEMBER 1999: 1 757-200 (24104), MONARCH AIRLINES (MON) WET-LEASED UNTIL THE END OF APRIL 2000. 1 757-23A (24292, G-OOOG), AIR 2000 (ATZ) WET-LEASED.

FEBRUARY 2000: IN MARCH 2000, MADRID - BUENOS AIRES.

MARCH 2000: MAKES MADRID - WASHINGTON DULLES DAILY, & ADDS PARIS TO NETWORK, WITH LUFTHANSA (DLH) CODE SHARE. PLANS FOR CODE SHARE WITH VARIG (VAR). CODE SHARE WITH BRITISH MIDLAND (BMA), MADRID - LONDON.

IN JUNE 2000, PLANS TO CREATE (BST) REGIONAL SUBSIDIARY CALLED "AB BLUESTAR," BASED IN PALMA DE MALLORCA. PLANS FOR 6/9 717-200'S. AB BLUESTAR TO FLY TO VALENCIA, ALICANTE, IBIZA, AND MAHON.

TO CODE SHARE WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL), USA - PORTUGAL.

MD-83 (49624), EX-NOUVELAIR (NOU), (GECAS) (GEF) 4 YEAR LEASED.

APRIL 2000: ORDER CONFIRMED AS 3/17 ORDERS (JUNE 2000) 717-200'S, FOR REGIONAL SUBSIDIARY, AEROLINEAS BALEARES (AB) BLUESTAR AIRLINES (BST).

2,150 EMPLOYEES. (floriga@spanair.es).

RETURNS 757-200 (24104) TO MONARCH AIRLINES (MON) AND LEASES OUT 757-2T7 (23770, G-DAJB).

MAY 2000: 3 MD-87'S (49403; 49404; 49405), EX-FINNAIR (FIN), CRAYCROFT LEASED. 1 MD-82 (49416), EX-KOREAN AIR (KAL), (GEH) 4 YEAR LEASED.

JUNE 2000: 1 MD-83 (49620), EX-AERO LLOYD (ACH), GECAS (GEH) 47 MONTH LEASED.

JULY 2000: 1999 = +$3.81 MILLION (+$5.49 MILLION): 8.60 BILLION (RPK) (+9.4%); 70.5% LF LOAD FACTOR; 38.92 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+23.1%); 5.76 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+14.3%); 3,909 EMPLOYEES (+85.7%).

AUGUST 2000: 1 MD-82, EX-KOREAN AIR (KAL), (GEH) 4 YEAR LEASED.

OCTOBER 2000: NON STOPS FROM SCANDINAVIA TO THE CANARY ISLANDS.

1ST A321, 218Y PAX, 93-TONNE (MGTOW) (NAMED "CAMILO JOSE CELA" A SPANISH LITERATURE NOBEL PRIZE WINNER).

NOVEMBER 2000: CARLOS BRAVO, GENERAL DIRECTOR, RESIGNS.

1 A320-232 (1349), (ILF) LEASED, NOT YET DELIVERED. 1 A321-231 (1366, EC-HRG), (ILF) LEASED.

DECEMBER 2000: 1ST 9 MONTHS = 7.58 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+13.8%); 26.03 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC; 5.55 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+23.3%).

JANUARY 2001: LEASES 1 A321 TO SUBSIDIARY, GUINEANA DE AVIACION, MANABO, GUINEA FOR FLIGHTS FROM MALABO, TO MADRID.

FEBRUARY 2001: CARLOS BANON, DIRECTOR GENERAL, EX-SIEMENS TELECOMMUNICATIONS DIVISION.

MARCH 2001: LUFTHANSA (DLH), TO TAKE 30% STAKE IN ITS STAR ALLIANCE (SAL) AFFILIATE, SPANAIR (SPP), AND SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) WILL REDUCE ITS 49% STAKE TO 30%.

APRIL 2001: 1 767-3Z9ER (29867, /98 11 02 OE-LAY), LAUDA AIR (LAL) LEASED.

MAY 2001: CODE SHARE WITH CUBANA (CUB), MADRID - HAVANA.

2 MD-83'S (49569, HB-INW; 49572, HB-INZ), CROSSAIR WET-LEASED. MD-83 (1591-49630, /89 42 21 EC-FXI), DAMAGED AT BIRMINGHAM, UK, WRITTEN OFF (W/O), AND PARTED OUT.

JUNE 2001: ENRIQUE MELIA, DIRECTOR GENERAL, REPLACES CARLOS BANON.

A320-232 (1497, EC-HXA) DELIVERY.

NOVEMBER 2001: SCANDINAVIAN AIRLINES (SAS) TO INCREASE ITS STAKE IN SPANAIR (SPP) TO 74%.

1ST 9 MONTHS = 8.28 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+9.2%); +34.2% (ASK) CAPACITY; 60.9% LF LOAD FACTOR (-6.6); 122.73 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-12.7%); 6.51 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+17.3%).

GROUNDS ITS 3 767-300ER'S.

DECEMBER 2001: CODE SHARE WITH TURKISH AIRLINES (THY) AND AIR EUROPA (ARE), FROM MADRID TO HAVANA, SANTO DOMINGO, RIO DE JANEIRO, AND SAO PAULO.

1 A320-232 (1631, EC-IAZ) DELIVERY.

JANUARY 2002: 2001 = 10.43 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+3.6%); 27.37 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-20%); 8.13 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+13.6%).

MARCH 2002: SITA: PMIMMJK.

IN APRIL 2002, CODE SHARE WITH AIR CANADA (ACN), MADRID TO TORONTO.

APRIL 2002: 2,716 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 505 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 851 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 292 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

SITA: PMIPRJK.

MAIN BASE: PALMA DE MALLORCA AIRPORT(PMI).

HUBS: BARCELONA AIRPORT (BCN); MADRID - BARAJAS AIRPORT (MAD).

June 2002: To Billund til October 2002. Madrid to Hamburg.

October 2002: A320-233 (1862, EC-IIZ), (ILF) leased.

December 2002: Retired 3 MD-87's. A321-231 (1843, EC-IJU), (ILF) leased.

January 2003: In March 2003, Malaga - Stockholm (ARN) (MD-80, 4/week). Also, Alicante - Copenhagen (4/week).

February 2003: In June 2003, Madrid - Oslo (MD-80, 6/week).

Last 9 months 2002 Pre-tax = -SEK 155 million (-SEK 451 million).

In April 2003, will become the 16th member of the Star Alliance (SAL). In March 2003, (SAL) CEO, Jaan Albrecht will welcome Asiana Airlines (AAR) as the 15th member.

Is placing all its Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) and materiel supply for its fleet of 32 MD-80's with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Technical Services from May 2003, including engineering support, planning, component maintenance, materiel supply through access to a stock of rotables, engine and APU maintenance, "C" checks, field assistance and support during outphasing.

MD-87 (49706, EC-GKG), returned to lessor. 1 A320-232 (1933, EC-IMB), & 1 A320-233 (1914, EC-ILH) deliveries.

March 2003: 2002 = 4.34 billion (RPK) traffic (-11.2%).

In April 2003, cooperation with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) for Stockholm (ARN) - Madrid, and in summer, Copenhagen - Madrid, plus Oslo - Madrid.

April 2003: A320-232 (1979) and A321-231 (1946, EC-INB), (ILF) leased.

May 2003: A320-232 (1998, EX-IOH) delivery.

June 2003: A320-232 (2027, EC-IPI) delivery.

July 2003: 2 MD-82's (49913, SE-DIL; 48898, SE-DIX), Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) wet-leased.

September 2003: 2002 = -$37.7 million (-$67.6 million): 8.98 billion (RPK) traffic (-12.6%); 70.7% LF load factor (+2.2); 7.4 million passengers (PAX) (-5.1%); 2,718 employees (-6.2%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
72 (HWI) 9.04; 73 (ARE) 9.03; 74 (CQT) 8.99; 75 (SPP) 8.98; 76 (SHY) 8.75; 77 (ARL) 8.69; 78 (PRH) 8.67; 79 (XIN) 8.61; 80 (TAV) 8.32; 81 (IRN) 8.01; 82 (HNA) 7.93; 83 (IND) 7.55; 84 (OLY) 7.55; 85 (ACH) 7.50; 86 (SBR) 7.48; 87 (MTH) 7.09; 88 (KUW) 6.71; 89 (VIE) 6.60; 90 (SPR) 6.57; 91 (BMA) 6.56; 92 (LNK) 6.41; 93 (RAM) 6.38; 94 (BTA) 6.36; 95 (QTA) 6.20; 96 (COI) 5.96; 97 (EGF) 5.94; 98 (LOT) 5.87; 99 (FRO) 5.49; 100 (WJI) 5.49.

October 2003: Code share with Portugalia (POR), Lisbon & Porto to Alicante, Fuerteventura, Ibiza, Oviedo, & Santiago de Compostela.

November 2003: 3rd Quarter Pre-tax (SAS) Group = +SEK 564 million/+$72.2 million (-11.9%) (+SEK 640 million). Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) is by far the largest of the Group's 6 carriers: Spanair (SPP); Braathens (BRT); Wideroe; Blue1 (formerly Air Botnia) and 49% of Estonian Airlines (ENA). (SPP) Pre-tax = +SEK 238 million.

(SAS) pays +EUR 73.5 million/+$86.5 million to increase its stake in Spanair (SPP) from 73.9% to 94.9%. The remaining 5.1% is held by Teinver.

December 2003: Began the 1st phase of its new marketing relationship with US Airways (USA) with 32 code share flights. (USA)'s code was placed on Spanair (SPP) flights between Madrid and Barcelona, Malaga & Palma de Mallorca. (SPP) added its code to (USA) flights from Philadelphia to Boston, Baltimore/Washington, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York La Guardia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, & Reagan Washington National.

Together with Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) & Lufthansa (DLH), plans to begin trans-Atlantic service to Latin America within the framework of the Star Alliance (SAL).

January 2004: 2003 = 8.1 million passengers (PAX) (+8%).

February 2004: Barcelona - Seville (3/day). In March 2004, Madrid - Stockholm (6/week). In April 2004, resume Madrid - Oslo (6/week).

March 2004: SITA: PMIMMJK. 2,900 employees.

May 2004: Code share with Thai Airways International (TII), Bangkok - Chang Mai, Krabi, and Phuket, plus Madrid - Barcelona, Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca, & Valencia.

Star Alliance (SAL) now: Air Canada (ACN); Air New Zealand (ANZ); All Nippon Airways (ANA); Asiana (AAR); Austrian (AUL); Blue 1 (applicant); bmi (BMA); (LOT) Polish Airlines; Lufthansa (DLH); Scandinavian Airlines (SAS); Singapore Airlines (SIA); South African Airways (SAA) (applicant); Spanair (SPP); (TAP) Portugal (applicant); Thai Airways (TII); United Airlines (UAL); US Airways (USA); & Varig (VAR).

MD-82 (49913), (SAS) leased. A320-232 (2210, EC-IYG), delivery.

June 2004: 2 MD-82's (49728, SE-DIK; 49999, SE-DIN), (SAS) wet-leased. A320-232 (2223, EC-IZK), GECAS (GEF) leased.

July 2004: 2003 = 9.59 billion (RPK) traffic (+4.5%); 72.1% LF load factor; 8.09 million passengers (PAX) (+4.1%).

September 2004: 2,496 employees.

November 2004: In February 2005, Barcelona - Asturias (Oviedo), Santiago de Compostela (MD-82, Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) wet-leased, 3/day).

June 2005: 2,535 employees.

A320-214 (2479, EC-JJD), (ILF) leased. 1 F 100 (11497, EC-JJM), GirJet (GIR) wet-leased.

July 2005: MD-81 (53008, LN-ROM), (SAS) leased. MD-83 (49627) returned to Finova Capital (GRB), leased to JetX (JTX).

September 2005: The Star Alliance (SAL) chose UK-based Zero Octa as the preferred vendor for revenue recovery and protection services. Ten member carriers - - Air Canada (ACN), Air New Zealand (ANZ), Asiana Airlines (AAR), bmi (BMA), (LOT) Polish Airlines, Singapore Airlines (SIA), Spanair (SPP), United Airlines (UAL), US Airways (USA) and Varig (VAR) - - will be using Zero Octa.

October 2005: Spanair (SPP) Chairman, Gonzalo Arias announced that the airline's CFO & Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Lars Nygaard, will succeed Enrique Melia Soriano as CEO of the (SAS) Group carrier. Soriano becomes Director General of ground handler, Newco Airport Services, of which Arias also is Chairman. Nygaard, 39 was seconded to (SPP) from (SAS) in 2001. He was been with the group since 1991. (SPP) offers more than >1,000 daily flights with a fleet of 65 airplanes.

November 2005: The (SAS) Group cited the success of its new business model in Europe and continuing cost reductions achieved through its Turnaround 2005 program as it reported net income of +SEK529 million/+$65 million for the third quarter ended September 30, dramatically improved from earnings of +SEK133 million last year.
Excluding capital gains and nonrecurring items, income totaled +SEK619 million compared to +SEK198 million in the year-ago period.
"Third-quarter earnings were, as anticipated positive and in line with the profitability plan for the (SAS) Group. The new business model in Europe has proved successful and combined with continued reductions in unit costs we are strengthening the Group's position," President & CEO, Joergen Lindegaard said in a statement.

Group operating revenues rose +7.4% to SEK16.57 billion while operating expenses climbed +4.8% to SEK15.77 billion. This produced an operating profit of +SEK802 million compared to a profit of +SEK377 million last year. The group transported a total of 9.3 million passengers in the quarter, up +8.9%. (RPK)s (passenger traffic) climbed +7.1% to 9.84 billion and load factor improved to 72.3% LF, a gain of +4.5 points.

The namesake Scandinavian Airlines Businesses were profitable on an overall basis, posting income after financial items of +SEK125 million compared with a loss of -SEK242 million last year, but both the (SAS) Denmark and (SAS) Sweden units lost money. Unit cost fell -2.7% for the third quarter and -5.1% for the nine months, adjusted for increased fuel prices. (SAS) said there are "indications that the almost chronic overcapacity, primarily in Copenhagen, is beginning to ease." (SPP) had income after financial items of +SEK318 million, but the parent noted that the Spanish domestic market is characterized "by intensifying competition from new players."

For the nine months ended September 30, the SAS Group reported net income of +SEK57 million, reversing a loss of -SEK1.09 billion in the year-ago period. Excluding capital gains and nonrecurring items, the nine-month loss narrowed to -SEK114 million from -SEK1.34 billion in 2004. (SAS) said that at the end of the third quarter, only SEK500 million remained to be implemented "before the goal for savings of approximately SEK14 billion is achieved." The company intends to launch a new round of cost reductions amounting to approximately SEK2 billion in 2006, targeting the (SAS) units.

(SPP) took delivery of a new 156-seat A320-232 (2589, EC-JNC).

January 2006: Full year 2005 = 5.97 billion (RPK) traffic (+17%); 6.85 million passengers (+21.4%).

The Scandinavian Airlines Group said recently discovered financial reporting errors at its Spanair (SPP) subsidiary related to improper accounting of certain revenues and costs will result in a charge against earnings at (SPP) of SEK80 million/$10.6 million for the 2005 fourth quarter. The (SAS) subsidiary still is expected to show a profit for the quarter and the corrections will not affect the SAS Group's full-year outlook, the company stated. (SAS) also will restate results for the 2002 - 2004 period with a negative impact of SEK340 million. As a result of the incident, the SAS Group has made "organizational changes" at (SPP) and "improved the work and control processes."

February 2006: The SAS Group's Spanair (SPP) subsidiary is adding 30 weekly flights between Spanish tourist destinations Malaga, Alicante and Palma Majorca and Scandinavian markets Copenhagen and Stockholm. All flights will be aboard one-class MD-80s. Individual city-pairs will be serviced 2 - 4 times weekly. Destinations also are available via Barcelona or Madrid.

(SPP) has announced the addition of a number of routes between Spain and Scandinavia from April 1st as follows:
Alicante - Copenhagen = 2x a week (Wednesdays & Sundays);
Alicante - Stockholm = 2x a week (Wednesdays & Saturdays);
Malaga - Copenhagen = 4x a week (Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays);
Malaga - Stockholm = 2x a week (Mondays & Saturdays);
Palma - Copenhagen = 3x a week (Thursdays, Saturdays, & Sundays);
Palma - Stockholm = 2x a week (Thursdays & Sundays);
All flights will operate with MD-80's and Malaga - Stockholm is an increase of frequency.

The SAS Group returned to profit in 2005 after four years of red ink, reporting net income of +SEK255 million/+$32.9 million compared to a -SEK1.77 billion loss in 2004. The group was profitable on an operating basis for the first time since 2002. CEO, Jorgen Lindegaard attributed the positive results to "the biggest change in the group's history, Turnaround 2005," which has led to savings of -SEK14 billion since 2002. However, he noted that the Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Businesses "remain unprofitable" despite slashing unit costs by more than -30% in the past three years. New cost-cutting measures amounting to -SEK2 billion are being implemented.

Full-year revenues rose +6.5% to SEK61.89 billion and operating expenses - - before income from asset sales - - grew +3.6% to SEK61.32 billion. Operating income after asset sales and results of affiliated companies totaled +SEK1.37 billion, reversing an operating loss of -SEK792 million in 2004.

For the fourth quarter ended December 31, (SAS) had net income of +SEK198 million against a loss of -SEK627 million in 2004. Operating revenues rose +8% to SEK16.29 billion. Operating profit was +SEK670 million versus a loss of -SEK119 million in the year-earlier quarter. Most of the current-period income was attributable to gains from the sale of European Aeronautical Group, Jetpak and 67% of (SAS) Component. Income before capital gains and nonrecurring items was +SEK228 million compared to a loss of -SEK320 million in 2004.

Turning to the business units, (SAS) Businesses posted positive annual (EBIT) of +SEK610 million and trimmed its pre-tax loss to -SEK48 million. This was much improved over an operating loss of -SEK763 million and a pre-tax loss of -SEK1.46 billion in 2004.

(SPP) had a small pre-tax profit of +SEK47 million, reversing a loss of -SEK52 million in 2004. Airline Support Businesses, comprising (SAS) Ground Services, (SAS) Technical Services and (SAS) Cargo Group, had pre-tax income of +SEK287 million, down -43.4% compared to 2004.

April 2006: Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) and Spanair (SPP), new Star Alliance (SAL) partners, entered into a code sharing arrangement effective May 1 covering flights from Zurich and Geneva to Barcelona, Madrid, Palma de Mallorca and Malaga. (SPP) will operate 1 flight a day using an MD-80. Initially, certain flights will be operated by AeBal (BST) using its 717-200. (SPP) will inaugurate nonstop service from Madrid to La Palma (Canary Islands) on May 16th. (SPP) will operate 3 flights a week, on Tuesdays & Thursdays with an MD-80 and on Saturdays with an A320.

May 2006: Spanair (SPP) is extending its "punctuality guarantee" for all domestic flights to December 31. Under the program, business class (C) passengers receive a free ticket and economy class (Y) passengers a -25% discount on their next ticket if the airplane pulls back from the gate more than 15 minutes after the scheduled departure for reasons attributed to the airline.

July 2006: Spanair (SPP) unveiled a four-year "Expansion Plan," that it said "affirms that the company is the only alternative in Spanish air transport and emphasizes its contribution to the social and economic developments in Catalonia." The carrier said that by 2010, it intends to transport 15 million passengers per year - - a +50% increase - - grow its market share to 27% from 22% and bring its fleet to 80 airplanes from the current 64. It will focus on Barcelona International Airport (BCN), which it intends to use as a domestic and European hub, targeting +60% growth and 5.5 million passengers annually. It said its commitment to (BCN) will "help support the completion of its domestic flight network and strengthen its European network . . . to other significant economic centers, developing new areas of growth in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and promoting new tourist markets toward Barcelona." (SPP) also said it will "strengthen its commercial agreements" with other Star Alliance members.

(SPP) provides a scheduled, passenger, jet airplane network within Spain and Europe, with an extension to West Africa. Worldwide, jet airplane charters are also flown for tour companies.

Employees = 2,953.

Parent organization/shareholders: Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) Group (94.9%); & Grupo Marsens (5.1%).

Owns: Aerolineas de Baleares (BST) (18%).

(SAS) Cargo signed a cargo capacity agreement with (SPP) effective September 1. (SAS) said the agreement will be useful particularly to Scandinavians sending or receiving freight from Africa and South America, since Spain is a major gateway from those continents. Cargo Counts, a unit of Lufthansa Cargo (LUB), no longer will be in charge of selling capacity on (SPP)'s 51 airplanes. (SAS) said it will sell capacity through General Service Agents (GSA)s and its own staff.

August 2006: The SAS Group announced that Gunnar Reitan assumed the post of acting President & CEO on August 1. He fills the position vacated by Jorgen Lindegaard, who resigned in May. The SAS Group said Reitan has been a member of (SAS) Group management since 2001, responsible for the Subsidiary & Affiliated Airlines & Hotels and the Alliances & Partnerships divisions. He joined (SAS) in 1988 as Director Station Services in Oslo.

September 2006: Spanair (SPP) announced it will inaugurate service on 5 new domestic routes from October 29th as follows:
Barcelona to Granada = 2 flights a day with a 717-200 (AeBal);
Barcelone to Valencia = 3 flights a day with a 717-200 (AeBal);
Madrid to Almeria = 3 flights a day with an MD-80;
Madrid to Granada = 3 flights a day with an MD-80;
Madrid to San Sebastian = 2 flights a day with an MD-80.

(SPP) will inaugurate nonstop service from Madrid to Stuttgart on October 29th and operate daily flights using an MD-87. (SPP) will launch service from Madrid to Granada (six-times-daily), San Sebastian (four-times-daily), Almeria (six-times-daily) and Stuttgart (daily) and from Barcelona to Valencia (six-times-daily) and Granada (four-times-daily) from October 29. (SPP) said the domestic routes are designed for business (C) travelers and will boost passenger numbers by +400,000 in 2007.

October 2006: Spanair (SPP) will increase its Barcelona service for the summer 2007 schedule to include twice-daily flights to Jerez, Almeria and Munich and daily services to Frankfurt and Algiers.
(SPP) will increase the frequency on its Barcelona to Lanzarote route to 6 flights a week on October 29th and operate a flight every day, except Thursdays using a mix of airplanes, including the AeBal (BST) 717-200.

November 2006: 1st 9 months = 5.58 billion passenger traffic +22.6% (RPK), 6.28 million passengers +20.4%.

Spanair (SPP) will increase service from Bilbao in summer 2007 with daily flights to Jerez and Munich, and twice-daily frequencies to Valencia and Malaga. Flights to La Coruna and Zurich are planned for 2008.

December 2006: Starting January 29th, Madrid - Gerona, 12/week, using MD-80s. Starting April 1st, new daily Barcelona - Munich, using A320s. Starting April 15th, new daily Bilbao - Munich, using MD-87s.

January 2007: In 2006, Spanair (SPP) had 7.36 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic (+21.5%); and 8.32 million passengers (+20%).

1 MD-87 (49614, EC-KAZ), (SAS) wet-leased.

February 2007: Spanair (SPP) launched 12-times-weekly Girona - Madrid service.

March 2007: Starts Barcelona - Banjul; Las Palmas - Banjul; & Madrid - Banjul; all using A320s. Starting May 20th, Barcelona - Algiers; Madrid - Algiers; & - Casablanca.

April 2007: Spanair (SPP) and Air One (ADH) reached a code share agreement under which Spanair (SPP) will put its code on Air One (ADH)'s flights from Barcelona (BCN) to Turin, continuing on to Rome Fiumicino and Naples, while (ADH) will place its code on (SPP) services from (BCN) to Madrid and Oviedo. (SPP) launched thrice-weekly, Madrid - Pamplona flights. It will start weekly flights from Pamplona to Tenerife Sur (May 4) and Palma de Mallorca (June 6).

Lufthansa (DLH) Systems said (SPP) will implement its "ProfitLine/Yield Rembrandt" solution to optimize further its revenue management processes. It also said (KLM) extended its existing contract to support its flight planning processes with Lido OC for an additional five years.

May 2007: Spanair (SPP) named Mexicana de Aviacion (CMA) Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), Sergio Allard Barroso, CCO, effective in July.

(SPP) will take delivery of its seventh 120-seat 717 and its eighth later this month, which it said will enhance service on routes catering to business travelers. The airplanes are powered by Rolls-Royce (BRR715A) engines.

June 2007: The SAS Group unveiled a new mid-to-long-term strategy that will focus on raising annual pre-tax profit to +SEK4 billion/+$566 million and boosting passenger traffic by +20% by 2011 through divestment of noncore assets, and a renewed focus on "flying to, from and within Northern Europe."

CEO, Mats Jansson said the group will sell Spanair (SPP) and its stakes in bmi (BMA) and Air Greenland (GRL), with proceeds going toward "future capital expenditure and development." It hopes to cut costs by -SEK2.8 billion by 2011 and establish a "new cooperation model with the unions," which have created significant headaches recently at (SAS) Danmark and (SAS) Sverige. "We have to abandon the strike culture that has long existed at (SAS)," Jansson said, adding that the company is committed to "involving employees in the value that is created through profit sharing and part ownership."

This fall, the group will evaluate the future of other operations, such as (SAS) Ground Services and (SAS) Technical Services, to determine whether they will be maintained or spun off. It previously sold (SAS) Flight Academy and (SAS) Component, as well as its stake in Rezidor hotels.

Reports out of Spain indicated that tour operator Marsans is planning to launch a full bid for (SPP), with Cinco Dias citing comments by Marsans owner Gonzalo Pascual, who said the acquisition would fit with plans to expand subsidiary Air Comet (APZ)'s alliance with Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG).

Later, (SPP) confirmed that Spanish tour operator Marsans had made a full bid for the airline. Outgoing (SAS) Executive VP, Gunnar Reitan told reporters that Marsans' offer was "not exclusive" but that no other bids have been received. Marsans head Gonzalo Pascual said his company was bidding on its own, according to "AFX News," adding that (SPP) will not merge with either (APZ) or (ARG).

Grupo Marsans President, Gonzalo Pascual confirmed that his company is talking with the (SAS) Group about the possible acquisition of (SPP). "It could be a good combination," Pascual said at the Paris Air Show. "Most of our activity is long-haul - - Europe to South America - - or within Latin America, whereas (SPP) flies to domestic, European and North African destinations." Marsans, which reports annual revenue of about €4.5 billion/$6.02 billion, presently operates some 90 airplanes. (SPP) has 65. Pascual created the Spanish carrier and until recently kept a 5.1% stake. "We sold it off when (SAS) informed us of their plans to concentrate on the Nordic market," he conceded, noting this would lead to "clearer" negotiations on both sides. "I only believe in free market principles. I believe we have a good chance" to acquire (SPP), he said. "Of course, the economic terms have to be right."

Air-Berlin (BER) released a statement denying rumors that it also is considering a bid. "We have no interest in (SPP). There are no discussions about an investment or takeover," said (BER) CFO, Ulf Huttmeyer.

(SPP) operates 62 airplanes comprising 38 MD-80s, 22 A320s/A321s and three F 100s. A 39th MD-80 is parked.

Meanwhile, speculation continued over the fate of (SAS)'s 20% holding in bmi (BMA), which it also intends to sell. An (SAS) spokesperson confirmed to Reuters that the company discussed the situation with Lufthansa (DLH), which holds 30% minus one share of the UK carrier. "It is natural that we together with (DLH) talk about (BMA)'s future. But it would be going too far to say that we are having discussions on (DLH) in particular buying our stake in (BMA)," the spokesperson said. (BMA) has not issued a comment, while (DLH) denied rumors in the German press that it will buy either (SPP) or the (BMA) stake.

Later, (SAS) Group said it acquired the remaining 5.1% of (SPP) from minority shareholder Teinver in preparation for divestment.

In an addendum to the four-year strategic plan, (SAS) unveiled its new management structure. President & CEO, Mats Jansson will assume Chairmanship of the companies within the Individually Branded Airlines (IBA) division; Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and STS head, John Dueholm was appointed deputy CEO; CFO, Gunilla Berg was appointed executive VP; Benny Zakrisson, who was responsible for the SAS Group's "structure and strategy issues," was named Chairman of (SGS) and (SAS) Cargo; Svein Oppegaard is executive VP Corporate Human Resources, and Hans Ollongren is acting Senior VP Corporate Communications & Public Affairs. Several other positions will be filled, (SAS) said.

Vodafone Spain and (SPP) signed a partnership agreement launching a "two-dimensional code system, that will enable passengers to receive their boarding card on their mobile phone and proceed directly to security and boarding."

(SPP) announced a summer increase in its Canary Islands service including the following new weekly flights: Seville - Lanzarote, Bilbao - Fuerteventura, Seville - Fuerteventura, Santiago - Fuerteventura, Granada - Tenerife Sur, and Pamplona - Tenerife Sur. During the summer, it will operate 38 routes from 13 Spanish cities to five Canary destinations.

(SPP) cancelled 62 flights as a result of a one-day strike called by the (SITCPLA) flight attendants (CA) union. The carrier signed a labor agreement with the (CCOO) and (STAVLA) unions, which represent a majority of its cabin staff (CA), but (SITCPLA) opted to move ahead with its strike threat. It plans to conduct another work action on July 1, when (SPP) will cancel 25 of its 373 flights.

July 2007: Lufthansa (DLH) and (TAP) Portugal are analyzing the possibility of launching an offer for Spanair (SPP) and have requested financial information from the airline, according to several reports in Spanish media outlets.

August 2007: Spanair (SPP), which (SAS) plans to divest to concentrate more fully on its Northern European operations, reported operating income of +SEK87 million, down -34.1% from +SEK132 million in the year-ago quarter, on a +1% lift in revenue to SEK2.99 billion.

October 2007: Spanair (SPP) confirmed that Chairman, Gonzalo Pascual resigned in order to launch a full bid for the airline, which is owned by (SAS), according to press reports from Madrid. Pascual is Chairman of Grupo Marsans, the largest tourism conglomerate in Spain, and co-founder of (SPP). (SPP) also said that Gerardo Diaz Ferran, Pascual's business partner and a main shareholder in Marsans, resigned as CEO of (SPP) and D Fernando Borrachero resigned from the board.

At June's Paris Air Show, Pascual indicated that he intended to make an offer for (SPP) after (SAS) announced plans to divest the carrier as part of a restructuring exercise. He said Marsans would sell off the 5.1% stake held through Teinver, paving the way for "clearer" negotiations on both sides. (SAS) confirmed the acquisition of that 5.1% stake in June. Grupo Marsans, which reports annual revenue of about €4.5 billion/$6.37 billion, presently operates some 90 airplanes. (SPP) has 65. In June, Pascual said he saw (SPP) as a "good combination" with the group's other airlines, that include Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) and Air Comet (APZ).

November 2007: 1st 9 months = 7.27 billion (RPK)s traffic (+17.2%); 7.7 million passengers (+16.1%).

Spanair (SPP) CEO Lars Nygaard "has requested to leave his position with immediate effect," parent (SAS) Group said. He plans to "assume a new position outside the (SAS) Group," it added. Lars Nygaard, is now CEO of Vueling Airlines (VUZ). (SPP) CFO, Marcus Hedblom was named as the new CEO. Lars Lindgren, ex-(SAS) is Executive Chairman.

December 2007: (SAS) CEO, Mats Jansson said (SAS) is midway through the process of selling its Spanair (SPP) subsidiary, and expects to announce a decision in the first quarter. "We have a lot of potential buyers," he said, "more than >one and less than <20." He said he is unsure how much the company can expect to profit from the sale.

Grupo Marsans said that it has made a formal offer for (SAS) subsidiary (SPP) and that it expects a reply in early 2008, according to press reports from Madrid. Marsans' business plan reportedly includes the opening of a hub in Barcelona.

(ILFC) (ILF) announced a leasing deal with (SPP) for one A320-200 powered by (V2527)s, to be delivered next March under a 10-year lease.

January 2008: Spanair (SPP) flew 587 million (RPK)s passenger traffic in December, a +1.4% increase from the year-ago month. Capacity was level at 979 million (ASK)s, and load factor rose +0.8 point to 60% LF.

2007 statistics: 9.37 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic +21.3%; +20.5% capacity (ASK)s; +.4 load factor for 67.4% LF. SEE ATTACHED COMPARISON CHART TO SELECTED OPERATORS - "SPP-2007-STATS."

(SPP) will increase Spain - Canary Islands capacity +17.4% in 2008, including new flights from Barcelona to Gran Canaria and North Tenerife.

February 2008: Iberia (IBE) is in, and Grupo Marsans (APZ) is out, as the sale of (SAS) Group subsidiary, Spanair (SPP) took a dramatic turn. Marsans presented a formal offer in December, but later withdrew its interest, with a spokesperson telling "Thomson Financial" that the tourism conglomerate which counts Aerolineas Argentinas (ARG) among its subsidiaries, "feels a bit betrayed" by (SAS)'s decision not to keep the bidding private. Meanwhile, (IBE) released a statement saying it would launch a bid for (SPP) along with private aviation company Grupo Gestar, "Thomson" reported. SEE ATTACHED - "(SPP)-PLANS-MAR08."

March 2008: A consortium including Portuguese-Canadian investment fund Longstock Financial Investment Fund and Madrid-based Gadair European Airlines has offered €450 million/$693 million for Spanair (SPP), Longstock President Vitor Pinto da Costa told "Diario Economico." He said the offer is well above Iberia (IBE)'s bid of €300 million, yet he admitted it could fall though owing to an (SAS) condition that the consortium pay €100 million before the deal is completed, according to "Reuters." He said the clause is unacceptable because Longstock would lose the money if the bid eventually was rejected by regulators.

An (SAS) spokesperson said the company is talking to several parties about (SPP) and still is targeting the end of June for a deal. However, Pinto da Costa told "El Mundo" that Longstock will remain interested only if it can sign a deal by the end of this month. (IBE) confirmed that it did bid for (SPP) and received a letter from (SAS) on March 14 saying it had progressed to a final round in the bidding process. (IBE) declined to say how much it offered.

(SPP) launched a new four-class fare structure dubbed "Spanairx4," calling the concept "modern and versatile" and one that will set it apart from domestic competitors. The classes are labeled "business (C)," "avant," "economy plus" and "economy (Y)." Business (C) offers passengers a 30-kg baggage check-in allowance (+10 kg more than economy plus and economy (Y)), lounge access and preferential service onboard, including free catering and "blocking of the middle seat" to provide more space. It also offers flexible and penalty-free options for booking changes, including on day of flight. Avant offers the same benefits except blocking of the middle seat. Economy plus provides a flexibility benefit "allowing flight changes on the same day at no extra cost" and, along with economy (Y), requires onboard purchase of drinks and snacks.

May 2008: Iberia (IBE) might reassess its offer for Spanair (SPP), which it launched in February. "The truth is the clock is ticking. The environment is changing. We have to consider what the future of our offer is within this new market environment," Chairman, Fernando Conte told a news conference before (IBE)'s annual shareholders meeting, "Reuters" reported. Regarding merger discussions with Vueling Airlines (VUZ) and Clickair (CLK), in which (IBE) holds 20%, Conte said, "I believe we are very close at this point."

Meanwhile, the SAS Group issued a statement noting that while it still hopes to finalize the (SPP) sale before the end of the quarter, it might abandon it altogether. "The sales process continues with the interested parties with the same time target. If (SAS) does not reach a satisfactory solution regarding the divestment, (SAS) will abandon the current sales process and continue as a shareholder committed to ensure a profitable (SPP)," it said, promising it would make a decision before the end of next month.

(IBE) Finance Director, Enrique Dupuy said the carrier is looking to hedge its 2009 to 2011 fuel needs at between $110 and $120 a barrel. It currently has 48% of its 2008 fuel needs hedged at around $83 per barrel.

June 2008: The SAS Group abandoned its effort to sell Spanair (SPP), saying that as a result of the "challenging market conditions in the Spanish aviation market coupled with record oil prices and pressure in the financial sector," it has been unable to "reach its targeted terms and conditions on the divestment." CEO, Mats Jansson said (SPP) is "a company with a competitive cost position" and that (SAS) is committed to its future.

July 2008: Spanair (SPP) unveiled a "feasibility plan" designed to negotiate the "economic crisis" and rising fuel prices, that will generate an estimated €90 million/$143.4 million. It will ground 15 airplanes in September and October, lay off -900 full-time employees and permanently cancel service from Madrid to Vienna, Munich, Girona, San Sebastian, Granada, and Oviedo, as well as Barcelona - Zurich, Bilbao - Malaga, and Bilbao - Jerez. (SPP) will operate more than >80% of its network, equal to 260 daily flights to 48 destinations. "I am proud to see that in this challenging environment Spanair (SPP) can lead the process to normalize capacity in the Spanish market," CEO, Marcus Hedblom said. The SAS Group last month abandoned its effort to divest (SPP).

August 2008: Spanair (SPP) flew 1.02 billion (RPK)s passenger traffic in July, down -0.9% year-over-year. Capacity fell -1.4% to 1.29 billion (ASK)s, lifting load factor +0.4 point to 78.8% LF.

(SPP)'s recently announced "feasibility plan," which calls for the grounding of 15 airplanes this fall, a reduction in bases from seven to two, and a -24% capacity reduction, will require redundancies equal to up to -954 fulltime positions. The plan is aimed at improving the 2009 financial result by €90 million/$135 million. The moves are designed "to ensure the continuity of the company and secure around 3,000 job positions." (SPP) said it will enter a 30-day period of negotiation with employee representatives.

(SPP) announced its intention to divest wholly owned tour operator subsidiary, Club Vacaciones, which employs 104.

ACCDT: An (SPP) MD-82 airliner bound for the Canary Islands swerved off the runway and caught fire during takeoff from the Madrid airport, killing at least 45 people, the Interior Ministry said. Nineteen of the 173 people on board were seriously injured, according to statements from the airline and the ministry. It is the height of the summer tourist season in Spain, and (SPP) flight JK5022 was bound for Las Palmas in the Canary Islands, a popular resort off West Africa, (SPP) said.

Thick, white smoke rose above Barajas airport, as helicopters and fire trucks dumped water on the plane, which ended up in a wooded area at the end of the runway at Terminal 4. An official with the Madrid emergency rescue service "SAMUR" said crews were removing injured people and bodies from the MD-80, calling it a "catastrophe." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give his name. The plane was an MD-82 carrying 173 people, (SPP) said.

The newspaper "El Pais" said the plane was delayed an hour by technical problems. It managed to get slightly off the ground but crashed near the end of the runway, the paper said. The (SPP) MD-82 crashed on takeoff from Madrid Barajas' longest runway, 36L, and caught fire. Reports from the Spanish capital indicated that at least 153 occupants were killed in the accident. Spanish Development Minister, Magdalena Alvarez said that 19 of the 172 people (162 passengers, six working crew, four nonworking crew) onboard survived, according to the (BBC) and (CNN).

Widespread reports indicated that the airplane veered from the runway following an explosion with initial scrutiny focusing on the left engine. The airplane broke apart and burned, according to numerous reports. Alvarez said investigators already had ruled out foul play.
Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network said the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) (JT8D-219)-powered airplane first flew in November 1993 for Korean Air (KAL). (SPP) took the airplane in late 1999.

Flight JK5022 was operating in codeshare with Lufthansa (DLH). Barajas reportedly shut down for approximately 2 hours before reopening for limited service.

Spanish authorities continued to search for the cause of the (SPP) MD-82 crash on takeoff from Madrid Barajas, that killed at least 153 passengers and crew as the carrier insisted that a malfunctioning air intake probe that delayed the scheduled takeoff by 1 hour had no relevance to the investigation. Speculation continued to center on a possible engine fire in the (P&W) (JT8D-219)-powered airplane, but there was no confirmation of such a fire, and experts deemed it an inadequate explanation for the harrowing blaze that tore the airplane completely apart. Investigators were able to recover the flight data and cockpit voice recorders. (SPP) said that one was "slightly damaged" but still should be able to yield information.

(SPP) CEO, Marcus Hedblom confirmed that the MD-82 initially returned to the gate owing to a malfunctioning air intake probe. He told reporters in Madrid that mechanics disabled it and cleared the airplane for takeoff. He insisted that the air intake probe is not required for safe operation and disabling it is standard procedure. (SPP) said the MD-82 underwent and passed a required maintenance inspection on January 24.

(SPP), founded in 1986, has not had any previous fatal accidents. It has had serious financial problems and recently announced plans to ground 15 airplanes and lay off -900 workers. In fact, pilots (FC) union Sepla issued a statement about an hour before the crash saying it was initiating procedures for a possible strike. "This union believes that the organized chaos in which the company exists cannot continue," it said. The juxtaposition led to heated editorials in Spanish newspapers speculating on whether the financial distress caused (SPP)'s maintenance oversight to falter.

According to Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network, (SPP)'s only previous serious incident occurred in May 2001, when an MD-83's right landing gear failed upon touchdown at Liverpool, causing the airplane to slide 1,600 m on the runway. All passengers and crew escaped unharmed.

Spanish investigators are backing away from blaming an engine fire for the (SPP) MD-82 crash following emergence of a video of the failed takeoff that shows no signs of fire until after the airplane, which elevated only a few meters off the ground, crashed back down on the runway. Initial speculation following the accident that killed 153 passengers and crew centered on a possible engine fire, but investigators are finding little evidence to support that theory and believe there may have been multiple causes, "El Pais" reported. Civil Aviation Director, General Manuel Batista told the newspaper that "more than one breakdown" likely caused the accident. "I'm not so sure the engine failed," he said. Even if it did, he explained, an engine failure would "not cause an accident," unless it combined with "other causes." Despite initial eyewitness accounts that an explosion and fire were spotted as the airplane ascended, an airport video of the attempted departure and crash reviewed by inspectors, revealed that the fire-sparking explosion occurred "several seconds after" the MD-82 hit the runway, "El Pais" reported, citing sources close the investigation. The video also revealed that the airplane fell to the right after its slight ascent.

Controversy continued to swirl around the decision of (SPP) maintenance technicians to clear the airplane for takeoff after it returned to the gate owing to a malfunctioning air intake probe. Jose Maria Delgado, President of the airline's mechanics (MT) union Assetma, said the technicians who worked on the plane disabled the probe and cleared the airplane for takeoff. He said the maintenance manual for the MD-82 allows for it to fly for up to 10 days in that condition, adding that the device is more relevant in cold winter weather, because its main purpose is to prevent ice from forming on engines. It is not important during the summer and its disablement is "not at all" relevant to the crash investigation, he told the paper. But investigators reportedly are examining whether the cockpit warning light indicating that there was a problem with the air intake probe could have been indicating a more serious problem. "The pilot (FC) detected something" that caused him initially to abort a takeoff attempt, Bautista noted.

Later, Spanish investigators focused on whether the (SPP) MD-82 had reached adequate speed for takeoff and whether its flaps operated properly. The MD-82 had ascended only briefly from the Madrid Barajas runway and, while initial speculation regarding an engine fire has faded, investigators are examining whether there was a lack of necessary engine power as the airplane attempted to take off. "El Pais" reported that an airport video of the failed takeoff and crash being studied by investigators reveals that the plane lifted off about 500 m farther down the runway than it should have, indicating that it did not have adequate thrust when it reached the spot normally designated for takeoff. After lifting off, it almost immediately banked to the right and then crashed back down onto the runway. Investigators reportedly are trying to determine if there was a problem with the flaps that prevented a level ascent.

As the death toll reached 154 over the weekend with the death of one more passenger, one of only 18 survivors addressed reporters and said the airplane seemed to be going "very slowly" as it moved down the runway. Just after lifting off "it made a turn, as if the wing dropped abruptly," she said. "We were still very low, very close to the ground."

As Spanish media continued to speculate over whether (SPP)'s financial problems led to a falloff in maintenance oversight, Spanish Civil Aviation Director, General Manuel Batista came to the carrier's defense. Speaking at a press conference in Madrid, he said the airline had a strong safety record and has passed all inspections of its maintenance program conducted by the government this year. "We have not detected any problem that affects safety or a link with cost-cutting policies," he said.

Later, (SPP) continued to defend its decision not to move passengers from the MD-82 that crashed last month prior to a second takeoff attempt, as reports surfaced that the pilot (FC) asked for two busses to be used to transfer passengers to another airplane following the aborted first takeoff. "El Pais" reported that Captain Antonio Garcia Luna, who was killed along with 153 others on the second takeoff attempt from Madrid Barajas, expected the passengers to be moved. It also quoted from a recording of a conversation between a (SPP) employee and the Madrid Airport (MAD) operations manager in which the employee said, "We're bringing [the MD-82] back to the parking area and changing that plane." But before the end of the conversation, he warned that he may be calling back "because maybe they're going to solve the technical fault." The report is in line with testimony given to a parliamentary panel by Spanish Public Works Minister, Magdalena Alvarez that (SPP) considered transferring passengers and with comments made by one of 18 survivors that two busses pulled alongside the airplane and passengers were expecting to change planes. In a lengthy statement, the airline said it "wants to clarify" events. It conceded that when the pilot (FC) returned to the gate, owing to a malfunctioning air intake probe, it "informed the airport and all those involved . . . that should a change of airplane be required, there was another airplane available. The company did not determine that it was necessary to change the airplane." It said establishing the availability of a replacement airplanes is "standard procedure."

In the case of the doomed MD-82, "after an initial technical assessment and an estimation of the time required to address the condition, the maintenance technicians (MT) concluded that it would not be necessary to swap the plane, as it was a minor repair that could take place in a period not exceeding 15 minutes . . . . The plane was on the platform for 33 minutes, so a change of airplane was not justified." The airline insisted the air intake probe is not necessary for safe functioning of the airplane, and its disablement is irrelevant to the crash investigation.

SEE ATTACHED ARTICLE & PHOTOS - - "SPP-ACCDT-AUG08/A."

Later, the recovered flight data recorder (FDR) from the (SPP) MD-82, revealed that the flaps were not extended, according to "The Wall Street Journal (WSJ)," which cited sources close to the accident investigation. Investigators are examining why an automatic audible warning in the cockpit did not sound and are considering whether an electrical problem caused the alert to malfunction, according to the (WSJ), which said preliminary (FDR) data indicated that both engines were operating normally and that there was no engine fire. The airplane had returned to the gate following an aborted first takeoff attempt, owing to a malfunctioning air intake probe, but was cleared for a second takeoff, during which it elevated only a few meters before crashing tail first into the runway and catching fire, killing 154 of 172 passengers and crew.

Later, investigators probing the August 20 (SPP) MD-82 crash concluded that the airplane's flaps were not extended, as it attempted to take off and that no warning was sounded in the cockpit.
While refraining from issuing a ruling on the crash's cause, Spain's Civil Aviation Accident Investigation Commission said in a preliminary report that the inquiry is focused on the flaps issue. According to the MD-82's flight data recorder (FDR), "the value registered [on] deflection of flaps was 0 degrees,'' the report said. "The investigation continues and is centered on obtaining additional evidence that will [establish] the airplane's configuration at the time of the accident.'' The report added that the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) "did not register any sound" from a warning system that should have alerted the pilots (FC) that the flaps were not extended. The commission stated that the airplane reached an altitude of 40 ft before crashing back down tail first into the Madrid Barajas runway and catching fire, killing 154 of 172 aboard.

Spanish Judge, Javier Perez, who is overseeing a judicial inquiry into August's (SPP) MD-82 crash, summoned three (SPP) mechanics (MT) for questioning, including the pair who inspected the airplane before its failed second takeoff attempt. The third reportedly is the airline's head of Maintenance. A court spokesperson told reporters that the mechanics (MT) could be charged with manslaughter. Spain's Civil Aviation Accident Investigation Commission earlier this month issued a report stating that the airplane's flaps were not extended.

SEE LATER REPORT IN AUGUST 2009.

October 2008: The (SAS) Group said that a decline in bookings related to the August Spanair (SPP) MD-82 crash at Madrid will impact its result by -SEK500 million/-$69.4 million. "Forward bookings in (SPP) have, as expected, been affected by the tragic accident . . . The initial effect was significant, but the bookings are gradually improving and [are] now almost in line with normal levels," (SAS) said.

(SPP) flew 720 million (RPK)s in September, down -20.8% year-over-year, against a -12.9% reduction in capacity to 1.09 billion (ASK)s. Load factor fell -6.6 points to 66% LF. The carrier removed eight airplanes from service on September 15 and said it "will later this autumn reduce capacity further to face the challenging market conditions." It released its winter (October 26 - March 28) schedule and will operate more than >200 daily flights on 45 domestic and 12 European/African routes.

The SAS Group airlines flew 3.41 billion (RPK)s in September, down -6.7% from the year-ago month. Capacity rose +1.7% to 4.9 billion (ASK)s and load factor slipped -6.3 points to 69.6% LF. (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines flew 2.51 billion (RPK)s traffic, down -1.9%, against a +7.2% rise in (ASK)s to 3.52 billion. Load factor was down -6.6 points to 71.2% LF, although yield improved by more than >4.9% year-over-year, it said.

The (SEPLA) pilots (FC) union said that it has reached agreement with Spanair (SPP) on the layoff of -90 pilots (FC) and the closure of crew bases at Las Palmas, Tenerife, Alicante, Palma, Malaga, and Bilbao.

November 2008: The SAS Group's third quarter, which was blackened by the August Spanair (SPP) MD-82 accident in Madrid that claimed 154 lives, ended with a -SEK2.01 billion/-$260 million net loss that represented a reversal from the year-ago period's +SEK701 million profit and largely was due to a SEK1.96 billion goodwill impairment at the Spanish subsidiary.

President & CEO, Mats Jansson said the crash's financial impact occurred "against the background of the considerable turmoil in the financial markets, the weakening of the economy and overcapacity in the air travel market." Group revenue rose just +0.4% to SEK16.37 billion, while earnings, excluding nonrecurring items, plunged -81.7% to SEK101 million, which Jansson blamed on dropping demand, a decrease in premium traffic and high oil prices. He said the drop in oil will be offset by the rising value of the USA dollar and the "deepening" global financial crisis. Its operating result swung to a -SEK1.67 billion loss from a +SEK529 million profit.

The company's "Profit 2008" savings program, designed to enhance earnings by +SEK1.5 billion and which includes removal of 18 airplanes from service, "is proceeding as planned," Jansson said, while the group's operational performance "is now highly stable." It has implemented SEK890 million of planned "Profit 2008" initiatives so far. (SPP) is implementing its own program, that includes the removal of an additional 15 airplanes.

The group flew 10.88 billion (RPK)s traffic during the quarter, down -2.3%, against a +2.1% increase in capacity to 14.59 billion (ASK)s. Load factor fell -3.4 points to 74.6% LF, and passenger numbers declined -5.4% to 9.8 million. (SAS) Scandinavian Airlines flew 7.63 billion (RPK)s, down -0.4%, while (ASK)s climbed +5.3% to 10.18 billion. Load factor slipped -4.3 points to 75% LF and yield adjusted for currency fluctuations rose +3.8%. Unit cost climbed +8.1%.

Among the group's airlines, only (SAS) International reported positive (EBIT) before nonrecurring items (SEK126 million, down -45.2% year-over-year). (SPP)'s (EBIT) swung to a -SEK126 million loss from a +SEK160 million profit last year.

(SPP) had a nine-month loss of -SEK3.55 billion compared to a +SEK1.26 billion profit in the first nine months of 2007.

Amadeus said (SPP) completed migration to its Altea platform and is managing reservations, sales and inventory through its Customer Management Solution.

December 2008: Spanair (SPP) flew 492 million (RPK)s traffic in November, down -24.7% year-over-year, against a -26.2% fall in capacity to 815 million (ASK)s. Load factor was up +1.2 points to 60.4% LF.

(SPP) said it received approval from national labor authorities to move ahead with a restructuring plan that includes the layoff of -517 permanent employees and conversion of an additional 185 fulltime jobs into part-time positions. The "viability plan" is worth an estimated €90 million, the carrier said, adding that it "expects to break even or generate a small profit" by 2010. It currently operates 59 routes to 21 domestic and six international destinations and intends to pare its seven bases down to Madrid and Barcelona. It discontinued nine routes this quarter.

The SAS Group's restructuring took a significant step forward with announcement of the sale of its airBaltic (BAU) stake and a new majority investor in (SPP). (BAU), in which (SAS) holds 47.2%, will be sold to the airline's management for LAT14 million/$27.5 million in cash by January 31, (SAS) announced, resulting in a SEK175 million/$22.5 million capital gain for the Scandinavian company. "This divestment is in line with our strategy not to maintain minority holdings in our airlines. We are pleased to have built (BAU) to a strong Baltic airline . . . and we are confident that the new owners will continue to develop the company in a positive direction," (SAS) President & CEO, Mats Jansson said. It announced its intention to divest (BAU) over the summer.

The Latvian government turned down the opportunity to pay LAT47 million for the stake, a Transport Ministry official told reporters. Latvia owns the other 52.8% of the carrier. (BAU) will continue to cooperate with (SAS) on flights to/from Riga, CEO, Bertold Flick said.

(SAS) said it will remain a "core shareholder" in restructuring (SPP) but has agreed to introduce a group of Catalonian majority investors led by Consorci de Turisme de Barcelona and Catalana d'Iniciatives. It has tried several times to offload the airline but appeared resigned to keeping it when Iberia (IBE) backed off in June. (SAS) said final negotiations are ongoing and the final agreement is expected to be signed by January 31.

January 2009: Spanair (SPP) flew 441 million (RPK)s traffic in December, down -25% year-over-year, against a -28.2% fall in (ASK)s to 704 million. Load factor rose +2.7 points to 62.6% LF.

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) said it sold its holdings in Palma de Mallorca-based, Aerolineas de Baleares (BST), which operated five 717s for (SPP) until the third quarter of 2008, to Proturin of Mallorca. (SAS) lost -SEK200 million on the transaction.

SR Technics (SWS) reached a three-year deal with (SPP) to provide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on wheels, brakes and tires for 48 717s, A320s, A321s and MD-80s. The work will take place at (SWS)' shops in Palma de Mallorca and Madrid.

February 2009: The SAS Group announced the completion of its sale of a majority share in Spanair (SPP) and its entire stake in airBaltic (BAU). A consortium of Spanish investors led by Consorci de Turisme de Barcelona and Catalana d'Inciatives acquired an 80.1% stake in Spanair (SPP) for €1/$1.31, leaving (SAS) with the remainder. (SAS) took a -SEK712 million/-$87.9 million loss on the deal that will reflect on its fourth-quarter balance sheet. It will convert €20 million in existing loans to Spanair (SPP) into equity and repay its external loans of €18 million, while €99 million of existing interest-bearing indebtedness to (SAS) will remain outstanding and be amortized in line with Spanair (SPP)'s future cash flow generation. (SAS) will continue to lease 18 airplanes to Spanair (SPP). Its 47.2% holding in airBaltic (BAU) was sold to airline management. "The transaction has been completed and payment in respect of the shares has been received in accordance with the announced terms," (SAS) said.

(SPP) will launch daily, Barcelona - Almeria service on May 3.

March 2009: Air Europa (ARE) and Spanair (SPP) will begin code sharing on 13 domestic routes on March 29. The deal covers flights from Madrid to La Coruna, Alicante, Almeria, Bilbao, Jerez, Menorca, Malaga, Santiago de Compostela, Valencia and Vigo and from Barcelona to Jerez, Malaga and Seville.

April 2009: The SAS Group announced official completion of its sale of 80.1% of Spanair (SPP) to Initiatives Empresarials Aeronautiques (IEASA), a Catalonian consortium comprising Consorci de Turisme de Barcelona, Catalana d'Inciatives, Volcat 2009 and Fira de Barcelona, for €1/$1.32. (SAS) will continue to hold the remaining 19.9% and to partner with the carrier. (IEASA) will inject €100 million into (SPP) this month while (SAS) has offered a bridge loan of €15 million due April 30.

June 2009: SEE NEW LIVERY - - "SPP-NEW LIVERY-JUN09."

August 2009: Spain's Civil Aviation Accident Investigation Commission released another report on the August 2008 crash of a Spanair (SPP) MD-82 that killed 154 people, confirming that the pilots (FC) did not know the airplane's flaps and slats were not extended as it attempted to take off from Madrid. "The airplane had the standard procedures and checklists in force . . . which included the selection and confirmation of the correct configuration for takeoff," the report said, according to "Reuters." "The pilots (FC) used these procedures as a reference, but for some reason - - whether an interruption from the airplane's first return to the terminal due to a mechanical problem, pressure due to time delays or faults in the flight crew (FC)'s work methods - - these were not strictly followed." The Commission did not announce any final conclusions but did enumerate several recommendations it plans to submit to (ICAO), (EASA) and the USA (FAA).

October 2010: (SPP) provides a scheduled, passenger, jet airplane network within Spain and Europe, with an extension to West Africa. Worldwide, jet airplane charters are also flown for tour companies. Links 25 Spanish cities with 52 European destinations (including code share flights). Services extend to Algiers, Banjul, and Casablanca in addition to worldwide charters.

Employees = 3,334.

(IATA) Code: JK - 680. (ICAO) Code: JKK (Callsign - SPANAIR).

Parent organization/shareholders: Initiatives Empresarials Aeronautiques (100%).

Owns: Aerolineas de Baleares (BST) (18%).

Alliances: Star Alliance (SAL); Air Europa (ARE); AirBaltic (BAU); Estonian Air (ENA); Swiss International Airlines (CSR); & Turkish Airlines (THY).

Main Base: Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI).

Hubs: Madrid Barajas airport (MAD); & Barcelona El Prat airport (BCN).

Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Alicante; Asturias; Barcelona; Bilbao; Fuerteventura; Ibiza; Jerez De La Frontera; La Coruna; Lanzarote; Las Palmas; Madrid; Malaga; Palma de Mallorca; Santiago de Compostela; Seville; Tenerife; Valencia; & Vigo.

International, Scheduled Destinations: Ancona; Bangkok; Billund; Bremen; Copenhagen; Dusseldorf; Frankfurt; Hamburg; Larnaca; Linz; Lisbon; London; Madeira; Malabo; Munich; Philadelphia; Prague; Riga; Rome; Salzburg; Sao Paulo; Stockholm; Stuttgart; Venice; Vienna; Vilnius; & Warsaw.

December 2010: Continental Airlines (CAL) reached a code share agreement with Spanair (SPP) under which it will place its CO code on (SPP) service from Barcelona to Alicante, Bilbao, Madrid, Malaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Valencia, and Banjul, as well as on service from Madrid to Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Ibiza, La Coruna, Las Palmas, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife, and Valencia. Subject to government approval, it will also place its code on Barcelona - Nador flights. Spanair (SPP) will place its JK code on (CAL) daily service from Newark to Barcelona and Madrid. Both carriers are members of the Star Alliance (SAL).

January 2011: Singapore Airlines (SIA) plans to enter the South American market on March 28 with the launch of flights to Sao Paulo Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil from its Singapore Changi International Airport base. The 777-300ER service, which still requires government approval, will operate through Spanair (SPP)’s Barcelona El Prat Airport hub and carry (SPP)’s designator code. (SPP) is attempting to create a virtual international network through partnerships, such as this with (SIA).

Turkish (THY) Technic said it will perform one "C" maintenance check on a Spanair (SPP) A320 this month.

February 2011: Adria Airways (ADR) Technika completed the first A320 12-year check for Spanair (SPP) under a five-year base maintenance agreement covering (SPP)'s A320/A321 fleet.

November 2011: The European Low Fares Airline Association (ELFAA) is preparing a formal submission to the European Commission (EC) regarding the “huge amounts” of state aid to Spanair (SPP).

According to the (ELFAA), the low-cost carrier (LCC) recently received €25 million/$33.7 million from the regional government and city council of Barcelona. This brings the total amount of public funds that have “been poured in with no obvious benefit to the taxpayer and to the detriment of free and fair competition” to an estimated €120 million, the (ELFAA) said.

“This latest injection to keep Spanair (SPP) afloat is not only a waste of valuable public funds, it is also a flagrant breach of European legislation with respect to competition and state aid,” (ELFAA) Secretary General, John Hanlon said.

“Barcelona is in the fortunate position of enjoying a vibrant and competitive marketplace for air travel. With Spain on the edge of an economic and financial precipice, it seems doubly unjust to the Spanish people that their own public money is being ploughed into failed business models, which deserve to be put out of their misery,” he added.

This is not the first time the (ELFAA) has contacted the (EC) regarding Spanair (SPP). In November 2010, the (ELFAA) called on the (EC) to carry out an urgent and full investigation into the decision by the Catalonia’s Generalitat Executive Council to authorize the Public Infrastructures Corporation to take a €20 million stake in Spanair (SPP). “This made the Generalitat (SPP)’s main shareholder and ensured that Spanair (SPP) became a state-controlled company in all but name,” the (ELFAA) stated.

January 2012: Spanair (SPP) is an independent Star (SAL) Alliance member partly owned by the Spanish regional government of Catalonia. Although it has reduced frequencies to some of its largest domestic markets such as Alicante, Bilbao Madrid and Palma, its overall passengers were up +5% due to new flights and more capacity (ASK)s to Berlin, Hamburg, Helsinki, and Munich (all Star (SAL) Alliance hubs), relating to Blue1 (BLF) in Finland and Lufthansa (DLH). It's also growing in areas along Europe's rim serving cities including Algiers, Bamako, Banjul, and Tel Aviv.

Later (SPP) declared it has ceased operations after reportedly running out of financing options.

A statement on (SPP)’s website says it suspended operations on January 28 and advises customers with reservations to contact their credit card company, insurance company or travel agency. “Due to these exceptional circumstances all our flights are canceled.”

(SPP) declared liabilities of more than >300 million euros/$393 million in a filing to be heard by a Barcelona commercial court.

(SPP) reportedly made the decision to halt operations after being told it would receive no more government-backed loans and talks with Qatar Airways (QTA) about potentially taking a stake in Spanair (SPP) fell through.

"Bloomberg" reported that a (SPP) spokesman said (QTA) was not interested any more in a business deal.

The (SAS) Group, meanwhile, issued a statement saying that (SPP)’s board of directors had decided to apply for bankruptcy. (SAS) divested most of its ownership in (SPP) in early 2009, but said recently it had a remaining exposure of about 1.8 billion Swedish krona. “The (SAS) Group will follow customary procedures as a creditor in the upcoming bankruptcy process,” it said.

(SPP), a Star (SAL) Alliance carrier, issued a statement almost exactly a year ago warning that it was in an emergency financial situation.

Fleet:
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SPP-767-3Z9ER
SPP-A320
SPP-A320 - 2011-11
SPP-A320 EC-JJD FEB07
SPP-A320-214 STAR ALLIANCE
SPP-A320-232 STAR ALLIANCE
SPP-A321-JUL07
SPP-F 100
SPP-MD-80
SPP-MD-87 SE-DIB

January 2012:

2 717-200 (BR715A1-30) (5015-55056, /99 EC-KFR; 5016-55053, /99 EC-KHX), (BAV) LSG 2007-07. 120Y.

2 717-200 (BR715A1-30) (5037-55064, /00 EC-KNE; 5059-55067, /00 EC-KRO), (PEB) LSD 2008-07. 120Y.

4 ORDERS +12 OPTIONS 717-200 (BRR715A), FOR (BST) OPS 2000-06.

0 757-2T7 (RB211-535E4) (125-23770, G-DAJB), (MON) WET-LSD 2000-04.

0 757-23A (RB211-535E4) (219-24292, G-OOOG), (ATZ) WET-LSD, RTND, LST (ROY).

0 757-27B (RB211-535E4) (178-24137), (LHD) WET-LSD 6 MTHS.

0 767-3Y0ER (PW4060) (354-24999, /91 EC-FCU; 386-25000, /91 EC-FHA), (AFJ) LSD, GROUNDED 2001-11. (ETOPS), WFU. 18C, 234Y.

0 767-3Z9ER (PW4060) (731-29867, /98 EC-HVG), (LAL) LSD 2001-04, GROUNDED 2001-11. RTND.

0 MD-81 (JT8D-217A) (53008, LN-ROM, 2005-07; 53314, 2005-01), EX-(SAS). 53008; 53314; RTND. 145Y.

1 MD-82 (JT8D-219) (1458-49571, /88 EC-GOZ "SUNBEAR;" 2042-53165, /92 EC-GCV "SUNBURST"), 1 EX-(SAS), LSD, 1 EX-(KAL) 1999-03. 49571 RTND 2004-02. 153Y.

1 MD-82 (JT8D-217A) (1271-49416, /86 EC-HOV "SUNSPEED;" 1292-49501, /87 EC-HHP "SUNSHINY;" 1482-49509, /89 EC-HHF "SUNWARD;" 1633-49517, /90 EC-HFS "SUNBEACH;" 1690-49521, /91 EC-HFT "SUNSPIRIT;" 1658-49519, /90 EC-HGJ "SUNWORLD"), EX-(KAL), (GEH) 4 YR LSD 2000-08. 49501; 49509; 49517; 49521; RTND. 153Y.

1 MD-82 (JT8D-219) (49604), EX-(SAS) 2005-02. 153Y.

0 MD-82 (JT8D-219) (1665-49913, SE-DIL, 2004-05; 1800-49998, SE-DIX), (SAS) WET-LSD. 49913; & 49998 RTND 2003-09. 153Y.

0 MD-82 (JT8D-219) (1553-49728, SE-DIK; 1803-49999, SE-DIN), (SAS) WET-LSD 2004-06. RTND 2004-11. 153Y.

13 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1105-49396, /86 EC-GNY "SUNFLASH;" 1132-49398, /86 EC-GHE "SUNSET;" 1454-49577, /88 EC-GQG "SUNRISE;" 1455-49578, /88 EC-GHH "SUNDANCE;" 1465-49579, /88 EC-GOM "SUNLIGHT;" 1495-49621, /88 EC-FTS "SUNBIRD;" 1498-49622, /88 EC-GXU "SUNRAY;" 1538-49626, /88 EC-GBA "SUNGOD;" 1542-49709, /88 EC-GAT "SUNMYTH;" 1580-49627, /89 EC-FXY "SUNBEAM;" 1591-49630, /89 EC-FXI "SUNSEEKER;" 1643-49790, /89 EC-FZC "SUNFLOWER;" 1644-49791, /89 EC-FGV "SUNBOW;" 1785-49938, /90 EC-FXA "SUNSTAR;" 1847-53198, /91 EC-GOU "SUNLOVER"). 49630 TO (ALA) 2005-12. 2001-05 W/O. 49701; RTND 2005-02. MAINT BY SHANNON AEROSPACE. 49627 RTND 2005-07, LST (JTX). 60C, 110Y.

2 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1421-49642, /87 EC-GVO "SUNSPOT;" 1778-49936, /90 EC-GVI "SUNUP"), EX-(TNS), (GEH) LSD. 60C, 110Y.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1583-49629, /89 EC-HBP "SUNGLOW"), EX-(EDE), (UAG) 54 MTH LSD 1999-03. 153Y.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1731-53052, /90 EC-HGA "SUNISLAND"), (ILF) LSD 1999-08, EX-(ASA). 153Y.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1502-49624, /88 EC-HKP "SUNTRAIL"), EX-(NOU), (GEH) 4 YR LSD 2000-04. 153Y.

1 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1484-49620, /88 EC-HNC), EX-(ACH), (GEH) 47 MTH LSD 2000-06. 153Y.

2 MD-83 (JT8D-219) (1405-49569, EC-HVC; 1468-49572, EC-HVX), EX-(CSR), SAT FLUG & (GER) LSD 2001-05. 170Y.

1 MD-87 (JT8D-219) (1333-49389, /88; 1614-49706, /89), EX-(TNS). 49706 RTND 2003-02.

2 MD-87 (JT8D-219) (1404-49403, /87 EC-HMI "SUNBLESSED;" 49404; 49405), EX-(FIN), CRAYCROFT LSD 2000-05 (EC-HMI), 49403 RTND, LST (NOQ) 2005-02. 120Y.

2 MD-87 (JT8D-219) (49605, /89 SE-DIB, IN "STAR ALLIANCE" LIVERY 2006-11 - SEE PHOTO; 1556-49614, EC-KAZ, 2007-01), (SAS) LSD.

1 MD-87 (JT8D-219) (49831), BF (IBE) 2005-10. 120Y.

30/12 ORDERS AIRBUS A319/A320/A321'S (V2500):

7 ORDERS A319 (V2500).

4 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (1349, /00 EC-HRP; 1497, /01 EC-HXA; 1631, /01 EC-HIZ; 1749, /02 EC-IEJ; 1933, /03 EC-IMB, 2003-02; 1979, /03 EC-INM, 2003-04; 2027, EC-IPI "VICENTE FERRER;" 2210, /04 EC-IYG). 162Y.

10 +82 ORDERS A320-232 (V2527-A5) (1383, /01 EC-KOX; 1682, /01 EC-ICL; 1862, /02 EC-IIZ; 1914, /02 EC-IMB; 1933, /03; 1979, /03; 1998, /03 EC-IOH; 2210, /04 EC-IYG, 2004-05; 2223, /04 EC-IZK, 2004-06; 2589, /05 EC-JNC "MARQUES DE SAMARANCH" 2005-11), 1383; TO (SAS) 2012-10. 162Y.

1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2479, /05 EC-JJD "COSTA BRAVA & GIRONA" - SEE PHOTO), (ILF) LSD 2005-06. 162Y.

5 +4 ORDERS A321-231 (V2533-A5) (1276, /00 EC-HPM "CAMILO JOSE CELA;" 1333, /00 EC-HQZ; 1366, /00 EC-HRG "PLACIDO DOMINGO;" 1843, /02 EC-IJU; 1946, /03 EC-INB). 1 LST (GNE) 2001-01. 200Y.

1 ATR72-201 (126, EI-REJ).

3 F 100 (TAY 650-15) (11322; /91 EC-JDN, 2005-04; 11497, /984 EC-JJM, 2005-06; 11498, /94 EC-JOM), GIRJET (GIR) WET-LSD. 108Y.

Management:
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LARS LINDGREN, EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN, EX-(SAS) (2007-11).

MIKE BALINT SZUCS, DIRECTOR GENERAL.

RICARDO RODA, COMMERCIAL CHARTER DIRECTOR & DIRECTOR IS/INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).

LUKE FARAJALLAH, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).

JORGE CHUMILLAS, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).

SERGIO ALLARD BARROSO, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO), EX-(CMA) (2007-07).

JOSE MANUEL MENDEZ, OPERATIONS DIRECTOR.

TIRSO GONZALEZ, MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING DIRECTOR, (PMIMDJK) (tgonzalez@spanair.es).

CAPTAIN SANTIAGO GOMEZ, FLIGHT OPERATIONS DIRECTOR (PMIOOJK).

EMILIO MONAGAS, STRATEGIC PLANNING DIRECTOR.

CAPTAIN JESUS ROMERO, CHIEF PILOT & DEPUTY DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

CAPTAIN JUAN GARCIA, CHIEF PILOT MD-80.

CAPTAIN RAMON TORRES, FLIGHT SAFETY MANAGER (PMISVJK) (rtorres@spanair.es).

CAPTAIN ALEJANDRO PONCE, FLIGHT TRAINING MANAGER.

RAFAEL ARAGONES, SCHEDULED FLIGHTS DIRECTOR.

JOSE RAMON LOPEZ CORO, MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING DEPUTY DIRECTOR, (PMIMMJK) & PRODUCTION PLANNING & CONTROL (PPC) MANAGER (jrlopezcoro@spanair.es) (2000-04).

RAFAEL MARTINEZ, FLIGHT OPERATIONS ENGINEERING MANAGER.

JOSE GARCIA LORENTE, PRODUCTION MANAGER (2000-06).

JAVIER COLOMBAS, TECHNICAL DOCUMENT MANAGER (PMIMDJK)
(jcolombas@spanair.es).

 
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