Spain’s Air Europa spends €3b on new jets

Majorca-based airline Air Europa said on Thursday it had made a huge order for 14 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners valued at $3.6 billion (€3.0 billion) at list prices.

The order — in the largest ever Boeing widebody order from a Spanish carrier —was booked in December and has already been tallied in Boeing's orders, Air Europa said in a statement. 

"The first Dreamliners will start to arrive in 2016, this will allow us to grow both the number of flights and destinations we will operate to by around 50 percent," Juan José Hidalgo, the president of Air Europa parent company Globalia, said in the statement.

Air Europa's fleet of 45 planes also includes Airbus and Embraer jets, but the airline now has a combined total of 22 Boeing 787-8s and Boeing 787-9s on order.

"This order speaks to the economic performance of the 787," said Ricardo Cavero, Boeing deputy vice-president who is responsible for European sales.

The 787 Dreamliner can carry between 210 and 330 passengers and it offers features such as large windows, a smoother ride and greater fuel efficiency.

But production costs on the high-tech aircraft have not dropped as quickly as expected and Boeing has struggled with technical problems with the model which was launched in 2011, three years behind schedule.

Regulators around the world grounded Boeing's Dreamliner fleet during several months in 2013 while battery-related problems with the model were investigated.

Air Europa, based in Palma in the Balearic Islands, is one of Spain's largest airlines. It flies to over 40 destinations across Europe and the Americas.

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Spanish military stunt pilot dies as plane crashes into sea off Murcia

A Spanish military pilot was killed when his plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea during an aerial acrobatics display on Thursday.

Spanish military stunt pilot dies as plane crashes into sea off Murcia
The plane was part of the Patrulla Águila acrobatic squad of the Spanish Air Force. Photo: MINISTERIO DE DEFENSA


After recovering debris from the plane off the east coast of Spain, the airforce confirmed on Twitter that the pilot was dead.   

He was named as Comander Eduardo Garvalena Crespo.



It was the third deadly air force accident in the Murcia region in six months. 

Last August, a military instructor died when his plane crashed in the same area. The following month another instructor and his trainee died in another crash.