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#Swiftair stops passenger-flights for winter 2014/15, no future for #MD80s

Spanish company Swiftair apparently stopped passenger-services on behalf of other airlines for the winter-season of 2014/15 and retired their remaining MD-80-fleet of three aircraft. The airline wants to restart this business in the summer of 2015, albeit with alternative aircraft and no MD-80s.

On July 24, 2014 one MD-83 operated by Swiftair performed scheduled flight AH5017 from Ouagadougou to Algiers for Air Algérie. The aircraft disappeared off radar 50 minutes after takeoff. All 116 people perished in the crash. The reasons are yet to be determined.

The discontinuation of MD-80-ops could mean the end of an important chapter of Spanish aviation-history because the MD-80 played a vital role among Spanish airlines.

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