Spanair returns leased 717 fleet to AeBal

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Spanish carrier Spanair is ending its leasing arrangement with Aerolineas de Baleares (AeBal) from today, and returning its fleet to the company.

AeBal, which is affiliated to Spanair, has five Boeing 717-200 aircraft which had been exclusively placed with the airline.

Termination of the lease and the return of the jets follow Spanair's decision to cut 15 aircraft from its fleet under a restructuring programme.

"All five aircraft will stop flying for Spanair from today," says a spokeswoman for AeBal.

"We hope they will begin flying with another company. But it is too early to say which."

AeBal is based in Palma de Mallorca and began operating in July 2000. The company employs around 180 personnel.