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User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Posted (15 years 3 months 1 day ago) and read 1477 times:


Iberia leased three Boeing 737-300s in 1988 for a short time.

Could anyone tell me when they gave them back to the leasers (which was?)?

On what routes did they operate them and why did lease them please?

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Alain Mengus

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User currently offlineJet Setter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (15 years 3 months 1 day ago) and read 1447 times:

I think they were operated by Iberia's then charter subsidiary Viva Air, as a stop-gap until the first MD-87s were delivered.

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User currently offlineAFa340-300E From France, joined May 1999, 2084 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (15 years 3 months 23 hours ago) and read 1443 times:


On 24 February, Iberia and Lufthansa start the charter airline Vuelos Internacionales de Vacanciones, S.A. (Viva Air). Both airlines owned more than 48% of Viva Air, and the rest (a bit more than 2%) was owned by private Spanish investors.

Any information about this airline please? Still operating?

Best regards,
Alain Mengus

User currently offlineBanfield From Austria, joined Jul 2000, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 3 months 17 hours ago) and read 1433 times:

Viva Air started in 1988, during the first season they had three B737-300, the year after five. In 1992 IBERIA overtook the whole Viva Air, from 1992-1995 they also made scheduled flights.
Than they concentrated on the charter market but made heavy losses, in 1997 and 1998 some 30 mio EUR. So IBERIA decided to cancel all Viva Air services in November 1998; planes, routes and staff was overtaken by IBERIA.
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User currently offlineTurbulence From Spain, joined Nov 1999, 963 posts, RR: 19
Reply 4, posted (15 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1412 times:

Viva Air does not operate any longer. They had some 733s.
However, Iberia still does operate some 733s leased from Air Europa, which are being (or will be) returned to the leaser as the 32x fleet is being increased.

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