• Short Summary

    AIR SPAIN - NEWEST OF THE SPANISH INDEPENDENT AIRLINES - RECEIVED ITS FIRST AIRCRAFT AT LONDON AIRPORT TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN A FOUR-ENGINED TURBO-PROP BRITANNIA "ATLANTICO" WAS OFFICIALLY HANDED OVER.

  • Description

    AIR SPAIN - NEWEST OF THE SPANISH INDEPENDENT AIRLINES - RECEIVED ITS FIRST AIRCRAFT AT LONDON AIRPORT TODAY (THURSDAY) WHEN A FOUR-ENGINED TURBO-PROP BRITANNIA "ATLANTICO" WAS OFFICIALLY HANDED OVER.

    THE FIRST OF THREE OF THESE AIRCRAFT FOR SPANISH INDEPENDENT, THE BRITANNIA COMES FROM THE BRITISH EAGLE AIRLINE WHO HAD BEEN ASSISTING AIR SPAIN IN PREPAIRING THEIR AIRCRAFT, TRAINING AIRCREWS AND INTRUCTING THE CABIN STAFFS. TWO OF THE AIRCRAFT ARE OF THE 312 SERIES WHILST A THIRD - WHICH HAVE BEEN BROUGHT FROM THE EL AL LINE - IS OF THE 313 SERIES. ALL CAN CARRY OVER 100 PASSENGERS AND WILL FLY IN BLUE AND YELLOW COLOURS.

    THE NEW COMPANY WILL HAVE ITS HEADQUARTERS IN MADRID BUT WILL BE BASED IN PALMA, MAJORCA, AND WILL OPERATE ON A CHARTER BASIS CARRYING ORGANISED PARTIES TO LAS PALMAS IN THE CANARY ISLANDS FROM HELSINKI, STOCKHOLM AND GERMANY. THE BRITANNIAS WILL USE THE BRITISH EAGLE BASE IN LONDON FOR MAINTENANCE AND WILL SHARE FACILITIES WITH THE BRITISH AIRLINE AT PALMA.

    LATER, AIR SPAIN PLAN TO EXPAND THEIR FLEET WITH EITHER BOEING 707 OR DOUGLAS DC8 JETS. THIS MOVE IS EXPECTED TO COINCIDE WITH THE WIDENING OF THE COMPANIES OPERATIONS AND POSSIBLE REGULAR LINE SERVICES.

    PRESIDENT OF THE NEW COMPANY IS TENIENTE GENERAL RAFAEL GARCIA-VALINO, A MEMBER OF THE SPANISH CROWN COUNCIL, AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL IS DR. JOSE MARIA RIVERO DE AGUILA PORTELA.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADJ0PXOW6L3S9HEGF1PCAB8VMT
    Media URN:
    VLVADJ0PXOW6L3S9HEGF1PCAB8VMT
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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