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Why Did Air Europa Express Cease?  
User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 44
Posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2626 times:

Anyone know the reason why they ceased trading in 2001?

I remember at the time hearing that the operation was successful and that there were quite a few people surprised it had been closed down.


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User currently offlineEZYcrew From Spain, joined Oct 2001, 460 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2607 times:

I remember it had something to do with the ATP fleet. BAe didn't want to have more than half the ATP's it produced in only one airlines' fleet.
I read that a few years ago in Flight Int'l and I thought it was an April's Fool's joke.
Maybe I am incorrect as I'm not quite sure what I remember.


User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7117 posts, RR: 57
Reply 2, posted (10 years 7 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2573 times:

I was in Madrid the day that Air Europa Express closed.

Prior to 9/11 Iberia had a significant number of 737-400 on damp-lease from Air Europa, and returned them at the last moment.

AE express was a marginally loss making operation, and faced with lack of revenue from the termination of the 734 operation AE had no choice but to close AE Express, or risk the bankruptcy of the entire company.

At the same time Spanair terminated their North-Atlantic scheduled operation.

At this time Madrid was a real parking lot of aircraft, with significant IB 727, DC9 and DC-10 fleet parked awaiting disposal where they are now building the new terminal.

This period left Iberia a strong airline.



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