Air Nostrum

Air Nostrum
IATA ICAO Callsign
YW ANE AIR NOSTRUM
Founded 23 May 1994
Hubs
Frequent-flyer program Avios
Alliance Oneworld (Affiliate)
Fleet size 46
Destinations 58[1]
Parent company Iberia (as franchise)
Nefinsa (75%)
Caja Duero (22%)
Management (3%)
Headquarters Valencia, Spain
Revenue 500 million (2013)[2]
Employees 1,500 (2013)[2]
Website www.airnostrum.com

Air Nostrum, legally incorporated as Air Nostrum, Líneas Aéreas del Mediterráneo, S.A., is a regional airline based in Valencia, Spain.[3]

Air Nostrum is an independent carrier which operates as a franchisee of Iberia as Iberia Regional and an affiliate member of the Oneworld airline alliance. Air Nostrum operates 91 domestic and international routes to 51 destinations, and charter flights. Its main base is Valencia Airport, with hubs at Barcelona Airport and Madrid-Barajas Airport.[4]

History

The airline was established on 23 May 1994 and started operations on 15 December.[5] It was founded as Líneas Aéreas del Mediterraneo/Air Nostrum in Valencia. In May 1997, Air Nostrum signed an agreement with Iberia to become an Iberia franchise. It acquired Iberia subsidiary Binter Mediterraneo and absorbed its operations. Following Iberia's merger with Aviaco in 1999, additional domestic and international services were taken over by Air Nostrum. It acquired Dutch airline Denim Air in 1999, but disposed of its interest in the company in 2002. Air Nostrum is owned by Nefinsa (75%), Caja Duero (22%) and Air Nostrum management (3%) and has 2,040 employees (in March 2007).[4]

Air Nostrum used to offer a comprehensive meal service on all scheduled flights. In early 2008, the airline eliminated its 'regional business class' cabin. The cabin is now split into separate business and economy sections along the lines of other major airlines. Economy passengers can purchase drinks and snacks from an onboard menu.[6]

In September 2017, Air Nostrum lodged an application to operate high speed rail services from Madrid Atocha to Gare de Montpellier-Saint-Roch in Southern France from 5 October 2018 with AVE Class 100 trains leased from Renfe Operadora.[7]

On 17 July 2018, Air Nostrum and CityJet of Ireland announced they would merge to form the largest regional airline in Europe, however will remain as separate brands.[8]

Destinations

Fleet

As of August 2018, the Air Nostrum fleet consists of the following aircraft:[9]

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-500 1 72
ATR 72-600 5 68
Bombardier CRJ200 7 50
Bombardier CRJ900 6 90
Bombardier CRJ1000 27 5 100
Total 46 5

Incidents and accidents

  • On 17 January 2003, an Air Nostrum Fokker 50 overran the runway at Melilla Airport and crashed into the perimeter fence resulting in the aircraft splitting into two major parts. Nine passengers were injured.[10]

References

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