Air Nostrum
Iberia Regional
IATA ICAO Callsign
YW ANE NOSTRA AIR
Founded23 May 1994
AOC #ES.AOC.002[1]
Hubs
Frequent-flyer programAvios
AllianceOneworld (affiliate)
Fleet size42[2]
Destinations70[3]
Parent companyStrategic Alliance of Regional Airlines (SARA)
HeadquartersValencia, Valencian Community, Spain
RevenueDecrease 500 million (2013)[4]
Employees1,500 (2013)[4]
Websiteairnostrum.com

Air Nostrum, legally incorporated as Air Nostrum Líneas Aéreas del Mediterráneo, S.A., is a Spanish regional airline based in Valencia.[5]

An affiliate member of the Oneworld airline alliance, it 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.[6]

Limited operations are also carried out on behalf of Brussels Airlines, replacing related wet-lease specialist airline CityJet, having begun in late 2018. Air Nostrum is also a part owner of Iryo, a Spanish high-speed rail service which began operating in November 2022.[7]

In October 2023, it was announced that Air Nostrum had completed its merger with CityJet. [8] Furthermore, it was reported that its current shareholders would have controlling interest (80%) of the entity created from the merger, Strategic Alliance of Regional Airlines (SARA).

History

Air Nostrum ATR 72-600 in the former livery, with special titles celebrating it as the 1000th aircraft built by ATR

The airline was established on 23 May 1994 and started operations on 15 December.[9] It 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.[10]

On February 7, 2012, Air Nostrum presented an ERE (a legal form of workforce reduction and redundancies) that will affect its 1,800 workers for two years, due to the increase in fuel prices and the drop in income. It is estimated that during the two years, 15 Bombardier CRJ200 aircraft will be grounded and most of its routes will be abandoned at a loss.[11]

On March 31, 2014, the airline announced the entry into the company's capital of a group of Valencian businessmen with the participation of the then CEO of the company, Carlos Bertomeu, as well as Antonio Pellicer and José Remohí, owners of the IVI, with an estimated capital of 25 million euros, divided between capital and debt.[12]

In September 2017, it filed 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.[13]

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.[14] The merger was completed in 2023.

In June 2022, it was announced that Air Nostrum had placed a reservation on ten Hybrid Air Vehicles Airlander 10 airships. Introduction to service is scheduled for 2026.[15] In August 2023, Air Nostrum doubled their reservation from ten to twenty HAV Airlander 10 aircraft.[16]

Fleet

Air Nostrum Bombardier CRJ1000

As of November 2023, the Air Nostrum fleet consists of the following aircraft:[2]

Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-600 11 72
Bombardier CRJ200 6 50
Bombardier CRJ1000 25 100
Airlander 10 20[17] 100[17] Launch customer.[18]
Deliveries from 2027.[19]
Total 42 20


Incidents and accidents

References

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  2. ^ a b planespotters.net - Air Nostrum retrieved 18 December 2022
  3. ^ "Air Nostrum on ch-aviation". ch-aviation.com.
  4. ^ a b Air Nostrum "About Us" page Archived 2014-09-23 at the Wayback Machine as of June 2014
  5. ^ "Contact List Archived 2014-05-29 at the Wayback Machine." Air Nostrum. Retrieved on 20 May 2009. "Avda. Comarques del País Valenciá, 2. 46930 Quart de Poblet, Valencia España / Spain"
  6. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-03-27. p. 64.
  7. ^ "Iryo makes inaugural run". International Railway Journal. 25 November 2022. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Air Nostrum and CityJet complete merger to create largest regional airline in Europe". AeroTime. Retrieved 2023-12-03.
  9. ^ Air Nostrum History - The First Airline of Regional Aviation in Spain Archived 2014-05-29 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ airnostrum.es - On board service retrieved 21 January 2018
  11. ^ "Air Nostrum presenta un ERE que afectará a sus 1.800 trabajadores durante dos años". RTVE.es (in Spanish). Europa Press. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  12. ^ "Noticias". www.airnostrum.es. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  13. ^ Spanish airline to enter high speed rail market Archived 2017-10-17 at the Wayback Machine International Railway Journal 12 October 2017
  14. ^ Dublin based City Jet merges with Spain’s Air Nostrum Irish Independent July 17, 2018
  15. ^ Kaminski-Morrow, David. "Spain's Air Nostrum plots introduction of UK airships for domestic services". Flight Global. Retrieved 15 June 2022.
  16. ^ "Air Nostrum Group doubles reservation agreement". www.hybridairvehicles.com. 31 August 2023. Retrieved 2023-11-19.
  17. ^ a b Casinader, Trevin Christian (2023-09-03). "20 Units: Spain's Air Nostrum Doubles HAV Airlander Aircraft Commitment". Simple Flying. Retrieved 2023-11-19.
  18. ^ "Air Nostrum Group becomes Airlander 10 launch airline customer". www.hybridairvehicles.com. 15 June 2022. Retrieved 2023-11-19.
  19. ^ "Air Nostrum doubles Airlander 10 airship order, plans Malta base - AeroTime". 2023-09-04. Retrieved 2023-11-19.
  20. ^ "Mellila F50 Crash (Nostrum Air)". Archived from the original on 2016-04-05. Retrieved 2008-12-08.
  21. ^ Hradecky, Simon. "Report: Air Nostrum CRJ2 at Barcelona on Jan 24th 2007, belly landing". Aviation Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2010.

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