Air Europa exceeds forecasts for first half of 2023

An Air Europa Boeing climbs overhead.
Bene Riobó, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Spanish carrier Air Europa has displayed a clear resurgence in its operational and accounting performance, surpassing its forecasts for the first half of 2023.

The company’s financial statements confirm the positive outlook, with pre-tax profits exceeding expectations by a 53 million euros. Moreover, the airline projects to finish the year with over 200 million euros, a testament to its exceptional recovery.

Operational Growth


Air Europa’s exceptional financial results are underpinned by strong operational growth. In the first half of 2023, the airline witnessed a substantial increase in seat offers, exceeding 7 million.

Concurrently, the number of passengers transported reached a milestone of 5.7 million, signifying a 38% increase compared to the same period in the previous year.

Notably, the Business class witnessed a commendable 36% rise in passenger numbers. Furthermore, Air Europa’s average occupancy rate during this period has been a sound 81%.

Fleet Management


The success of Air Europa’s recent growth can be attributed, in part, to its meticulous fleet management policy. The company’s decision to focus on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 737 models has proven to be a strategic masterstroke.

Not only has it enhanced operational efficiency, but it has also facilitated fleet unification, allowing the airline to boast one of the most modern and sustainable aircraft fleets in the industry.

Strategic Plan for 2023-2025


Building on its current success, Air Europa has laid out a comprehensive Strategic Plan for the years 2023-2025. The plan revolves around three core pillars: profitability, sustainability, and innovation.

By reinforcing these key elements, Air Europa aims to secure its position as a prominent player in the aviation industry.

Boeing 787-9s and Boeing 737-800s

As part of its expansion initiatives, Air Europa plans to incorporate six Boeing 787-9s within the next year, further solidifying its presence in the market.

Additionally, two more Boeing 787-9s, leased, will be added to the fleet in 2025. For the short and medium-haul routes, the airline will be welcoming five Boeing 737-800s during the summer, signalling its commitment to expanding its services and enhancing connectivity.

Boeing 737 MAX

Air Europa has set its sights on pioneering advancements in the aviation sector. In 2024, the airline anticipates the arrival of its first three Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with an additional 17 already leased for the years between 2025 and 2027.

These aircraft represent the cutting edge of aviation technology, cementing Air Europa’s position as the first Spanish company to operate this state-of-the-art model.

About Air Europa


Air Europa is a Spanish airline headquartered in Madrid. It is the third-largest airline in Spain after Iberia and Vueling. The carrier operates a fleet of over 100 aircraft and flies to over 130 destinations in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Middle East.

Air Europa is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. This means that the airline’s passengers can earn and redeem miles on flights operated by any SkyTeam member airline.

As a privately owned airline, it is owned by Globalia Corporación Empresarial, a Spanish travel and tourism company.

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