The addition of flights to Central and South America positions the Latin America specialist at the heart of growth in this region.
Air Europa, the Latin America specialist, has established itself as one of Europe’s most modern carriers, and the first private Spanish airline to operate scheduled flights. Proud to be one of the world’s most punctual airlines, it is committed to the environment and utilises state-of-the-art technology, meeting the highest safety standards.
At the London World Travel Market in November, the airline announced that from June 3, 2019 it will introduce flights to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City. The addition of Panama will bring the number of Air Europa routes to the Latin America region to 21 destinations in 15 countries.
The Panama long-haul flight will depart from Air Europa’s hub at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport, with connections feeding in from all over Europe, including London’s Gatwick airport. The B787 Dreamliner aircraft will fly this new route five times a week, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Panama flight will depart Madrid at 15:05, arriving at 19:40 the same day, while the return flight from Panama to Madrid will depart at 21:40 and arrive at 13:15 the next day.
Air Europa’s UK director Colin Stewart said: “Panama, after Honduras, is Air Europa’s second destination in Central America, and we are already well known as the Latin America specialist airline. Panama City is an important city of commerce as well as tourism, and we will cater for both business and leisure travellers who will have the pleasure of experiencing travel on the environmentally friendly Dreamliner aircraft, with its superior level of passenger comfort and on-board services.”
A new service to Iguazu, Argentina, is also scheduled to begin in June 2019. There, travellers can visit the famous Iguazu Falls, located on the border of the Brazilian state of Paraná and the Argentine province of Misiones. This new route will also be operated twice weekly by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, offering passengers the most comfortable flying experience. The Iguazu flight will depart Madrid at 23:55 and arrive at 07:05 the next day, and the inbound flight will depart Iguazu at 13:25 and arrive at 05:00 the following day. Air Europa operates twice-daily flights between Madrid and Gatwick, which will provide convenient connections for both inbound and outbound Panama and Iguazu flights for UK travellers.
Stewart said: “This is a really exciting launch for Air Europa, as it is the only airline in Europe doing this. This new route has come after the $3.5 billion order for 22 Dreamliner aircraft, to be increased to 27 and delivered progressively by 2022.”
The new Dreamliner aircraft comes with 30 per cent larger windows, which allow for adjustable brightness and a more pleasant flight. In addition, the Dreamliner’s lower cabin pressure helps the body absorb 8 per cent more oxygen, reducing headaches, sickness and tiredness, while the filter system purifies 100 per cent of the air, eliminating bacteria and odours and reducing dryness with increased humidity.
The modernity, efficiency and advanced technology of the 787-9 is complemented by excellent on-board products and service. On-board wi-fi, the latest in audio-visual entertainment and a menu offering healthy and organic meals promise a comfortable and enjoyable journey. Business class passengers benefit from fully reclining seats and a tasting menu prepared by the prestigious Michelin-star chef Martín Berasategui.
The B787 also boasts exceptional environmental performance, with a 20 per cent reduction in both fuel consumption and emissions and a 60 per cent reduction in noise. It is manufactured with 50 per cent compound materials, making it lighter. With its arrival, Air Europa has reached a new landmark and confirmed its position as an airline with one of the youngest, most efficient and most modern fleets in the sector.