Airlines Remembered

LTE International Airways


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Ceased operations: 15Nov2008 (01Dec08)
Homebase: Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Founded: 1987
ICAO callsign: Fun Jet
IATA / ICAO prefix: XO / LTE
Operations: passengers



LTE International Airways ('LTU de Espana') was founded in 1987, LTU holding a share of 25% which was increased to 100 % in 1992. Plans for integration into LTU, in 2000, were cancelled and instead LTE became fully independent.
In 2002 LTE Int'l was acquired by the Volare Group and renamed Volar Airlines on 01Jun03. However, because of the collapse of the Italian Volare Group, a year later the brand was renamed LTE Int'l Airways again.
[ATDB - Air Transport Data Base]

EC-JIB LTE Int'l
Airbus A320 EC-JIB at Dusseldorf on 17Sep08

 

On 17Oct08 LTE International ceased all operations. Recently Futura, XL Airways and Zoom Airlines had to close down and now another Spanish airline 'bit the dust'..
The financial situation of LTE International Airways did not allow the business to continue.
LTE operated both charter- as scheduled flights from Spain to the UK, Italy and en Saudi-Arabia.
The management referred to the worldwide financial crisis as a cause to cease business, when it found itself in a situation where it was unable to meet its operational expenses. LTE is the fourth Spanish airline to cease flying in recent weeks, following the discontinuation of services by Futura, Lagunair and Flysur.

LTE Intl Airways continued limited ACMI operations on behalf of other carriers until November 15 when it finally suspended all operations with its A320-200 fleet [Airline News, Fleet Lists & More - www.ch-aviation.ch]

World Airline Fleets News (Dec.2008 issue) reported flights ceased one minute past midnight on the 01Dec08 after an initial stop on 17Oct08; charter and wet-lease operations were briefly restarted on 27Oct08, a few charters were flown to Tenerife-Sur but a seasonal ACMI contract with Nas-Air was discontinued by the Saudi airline.


From JP Airline Fleets 2008:

LTE Fleetlist

LTE International Airways on Airliners.net


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