Binter Canarias
Binter logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
NT IBB BINTER
Founded1989
Hubs
Frequent-flyer programBintermás
Fleet size33
Destinations20
HeadquartersGran Canaria Airport
Telde, Gran Canaria and
Tenerife North Airport, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain
Key peoplePedro Agustín del Castillo Machado (CEO)[1]
Websitebintercanarias.com

Binter Canarias S.A. is the flag carrier of the Spanish autonomous community of the Canary Islands, based on the grounds of Gran Canaria Airport in Telde, Gran Canaria and Tenerife North Airport, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Spain.[2] It is a regional air carrier operating inter-island services within the Canary Islands, and other Atlantic islands, it also operates to the Spanish Mainland and some European destinations, mainly in France and Italy with its brand new Embraer E2, having been the launch customer for the 195 series. Affiliated airlines operate on behalf of Binter in services to Morocco, Mainland-Spain, Portugal and Western Sahara.

History

The airline was established on 18 February 1988 and started operations on 26 March 1989. It was formed as a subsidiary of Iberia. Binter Canarias began operations as a regional airline and is currently the only one to operate in the eight airports of the Canaries. Binter also operates connections with Marrakech, Dakar, Aaiun in Africa; Madeira, and Lisbon in Portugal; Sal in Cape Verde; and Vigo and Mallorca in Spain .[1] The airline also flies to the island of Madeira, serving the capital Funchal. Regular flights to the cities of Bergamo and Paris, were trialled but later cancelled as unsuccessful projects. Nowadays has regular flights to Lisbon and Cape Verde for renting technical crew and aircraft (CRJ) to Air Nostrum. The airline also serves Africa: it operates scheduled flights to Marrakech and Casablanca in Morocco and Laayoune in Western Sahara, alongside charter flights to Nouadibou and Nouakchott in Mauritania.[citation needed]

In late 1999 SEPI (the Spanish state holding company of Iberia) implemented the privatisation of Binter Canarias, but held on to a "golden share", permitting it to authorise any future shareholding deal of more than 25%. However, the airline was wholly owned by Hesperia Inversiones Aéreas, which bought the airline in July 2002. In 2003 Binter Canarias, SAU was absorbed by Hesperia Inversiones Aéreas, SA, which took the name of Binter Canarias, SA. It is now owned by Ilsamar Tenerife (49.81%), Ferma Canarias Electrica (10.44%), Agencia Maritima Afroamericana (10.11%), Flapa (10%) and others (19.6%) and has 406 employees. Binter has sales offices, Binter Vende, at the airports and, since 2005, the ground support service has been provided by Atlántica Handling. Since January 2008 the technical service for Binter aircraft has been provided by BinterTechnic.[1]

Some of the owners of Binter Canarias decided to buy Navegacion y Servicios Aéreos Canarios (NAYSA) and to transfer some planes from Binter to NAYSA in order to reduce costs and increase benefits.

In 2016 the airline agreed a deal for a further six ATR 72-600 aircraft, bringing total commitments to the type to 18. They will replace ATR 72-500 aircraft.[3] In spring 2018, Binter decided to merge Navegacion y Servicios Aéreos Canarios (NAYSA) into its own operations and therefore handed back NAYSA's air operator certificate. Since then, all former NAYSA operations are part of Binter's.[4][5]

Since late 2017, Binter Cabo Verde took over inter-island flights in Cape Verde after the discontinuation of flights by TACV on 1 August 2017, as TACV was restructuring and privatising. Binter CV established a partnership covering TACV's international services, allowing TACV to offer connections to domestic destinations and seeking to strengthen inter-island connections. In 2019, Binter Cabo Verde was renamed as Transportes Interilhas de Cabo Verde (TICV) and, in 2021, the Canarian company sold its 70% stake in the airline to BestFly Worldwide, thus completing its divestment.[6]

In June 2018 it began the domestic operation between Madeira and Porto Santo Islands in the northern neighboring Madeiran archipelago.

Destinations

A former Binter Canarias Douglas DC-9
A former Binter Canarias Douglas DC-9
A former Binter Canarias Boeing 737-400 wearing a special livery
A former Binter Canarias Boeing 737-400 wearing a special livery
Binter Canarias ATR 72-500
Binter Canarias ATR 72-500
Binter Canarias Bombardier CRJ1000
Binter Canarias Bombardier CRJ1000

As of July 2022, Binter Canarias serves the following destinations:[7]

Country (Region) Destination Airport Notes
 Spain ( Canary Islands) El Hierro El Hierro Airport
Fuerteventura Fuerteventura Airport
Gran Canaria Gran Canaria Airport Hub
La Gomera La Gomera Airport
La Palma La Palma Airport
Lanzarote Lanzarote Airport
Tenerife Tenerife North Airport Hub
Tenerife South Airport
 Spain (Mainland and  Balearic Islands) A Coruña A Coruña Airport
Jerez Jerez Airport
Menorca Menorca Airport
Murcia Región de Murcia International Airport
Asturias (Oviedo) Asturias Airport
Palma de Mallorca Palma de Mallorca Airport
Pamplona Pamplona Airport
San Sebastián San Sebastián Airport
Santander Seve Ballesteros–Santander Airport
Valladolid Valladolid Airport
Vigo Vigo–Peinador Airport
Álava Vitoria Airport
Zaragoza Zaragoza Airport
 Portugal Madeira (Funchal) Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport
Porto Santo Porto Santo Airport
Ponta Delgada João Paulo II Airport
 France Lille Lille Airport
Marseille Marseille Provence Airport
Toulouse Toulouse–Blagnac Airport
 Italy Florence Florence Airport
Turin Turin Airport
Venice Venice Marco Polo Airport
 Cape Verde Cape Verde (Sal) Amílcar Cabral International Airport
 Morocco Agadir Agadir–Al Massira Airport
Fez Fès–Saïs Airport
Marrakesh Marrakesh Menara Airport
 Gambia Banjul Banjul International Airport
 Senegal Dakar Blaise Diagne International Airport
 Western Sahara Dakhla Dakhla Airport
El Aaiún Hassan I Airport
 Mauritania Nouakchott Nouakchott–Oumtounsy International Airport

Fleet

Current fleet

A Binter Canarias Embraer 195 E2 at Vigo Airport
A Binter Canarias Embraer 195 E2 at Vigo Airport

As of February 2021, Binter Canarias operates the following aircraft:[8][9]

Binter Canarias fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
ATR 72-500 9 68
ATR 72-600 19 2[citation needed] 72
Embraer 195-E2 5 5 [10] 132 First aircraft started passenger revenue service in December 2019.[11]
Total 33 7

Fleet development

The first new Embraer E195-E2 aircraft has entered passenger service in December 2019, Binter Canarias being the European launch customer. Further the airline has converted two options for this type to firm orders.[citation needed]

Previous fleet

The Binter Canarias fleet has previously included the Boeing 737-400 (leased from Futura International, in a special livery), the ATR 72-202 (the predecessor to their ATR 72-500 and later their ATR 72-600 aircraft), the CASA 235 (the first aircraft operated by Binter), and the Bombardier CRJ-200, CRJ-900 and CRJ1000 aircraft (all CRJ aircraft were leased from Air Nostrum).[citation needed]

Accidents and incidents

Accolades

The airline was named Europe's best regional airline in 2005 (a celebratory livery was installed on their single Boeing 737-400) and, in September 2010, it was announced that the Spanish carrier had won the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) Gold Award for the best Airline of the Year 2010/2011.[13][14] In October 2016 the airline was awarded the European Regional Airlines Association Airline of the Year award and was commended for its constant growth and expansion into new markets.[3]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Binter- La Empresa Imagen Visión y Valores". Binter. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Legal Notice." Binter Canarias. Retrieved on 10 March 2019. "BINTER CANARIAS S.A., hereinafter BINTER CANARIAS, with registered offices at the Airport of Gran Canaria, Telde,[...]"
  3. ^ a b "More ATRs for Binter". Airliner World (December 2016): 9.
  4. ^ ch-aviation.com - Spain's Binter Canarias shutters Naysa Aerotaxis unit 2 March 2018
  5. ^ ch-aviation.com Naysa Aerotaxis retrieved 12 May 2018
  6. ^ Álvarez Montero, Moisés (9 July 2021). "Binter se desprende de su filial de Cabo Verde y deja de volar en el país" [Binter divests itself of its subsidiary in Cape Verde and stops flying in the country]. El Día (in Spanish). Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  7. ^ "Binter - Information - Destinations". Binter Canarias. Retrieved 19 July 2022.
  8. ^ "Binter Canarias Fleet Details and History". Planespotters.net. Retrieved 23 August 2020.
  9. ^ "ch-aviation.com - Binter Canarias". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Mystery Uncovered: Embraer Reveals Binter As E195-E2 Customer". 3 December 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  11. ^ "Binter and Embraer celebrate the first delivery of the new E195-E2 jet aircraft". Corporative information - Binter. Retrieved 30 June 2020.
  12. ^ Hradecky, Simon (2016). "Incident: Binter Canarias AT72 at Tenerife and Gran Canaria on Oct 18th 2016, unsafe main gear". The Aviation Herald.
  13. ^ "Binter Canarias flights and passenger information - Europelowcost". Europe Low Cost.
  14. ^ "Search Results - ERA". www.eraa.org.

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