SPANTAX SA Transportes Aereos

ANCILLARY ACTIVITIES

AEROANDINA

In the late 1970s Spantax was looking at diversifying. Some sources have made reference to Spantax investing in a Chilean airline called Aeroandina. Indeed, one of the Spantax DC9s did spend the winter season operating for Aeroandina. This venture appears to have been very short-lived.

 

AIR MAURITANIE

Spantax was instrumental in setting up the national airline of Mauritania. In the late 1950s, France gave independence to Mauritania. The new government wanted a national airline for Mauritania. It is said in some quarters that Rudi Bay knew the new Minister for Transport in Mauritania and that this connection led to Spantax setting up Air Mauritanie. Spantax operated services for three years for Air Mauritanie with DC3 and de Havilland Beaver aircraft.

 

CATERING

Spantax had their own kitchens in Palma and Las Palmas. The kitchens could cater for up to 8500 meals in one day, this was not uncommon in the summer months. As part of revenue generation, the catering division was sold off to Eurest.

 

SPAINTOURS

This was a tour operator set up by Spantax to tap into the Scandinavian market. It offered Inclusive Tour Charters to Spain for Scandinavians. At the time Scandinavian tour operators were unprepared to use foreign airlines, thus closing off the Scandinavian market to Spantax. In order to recapture the market Spaintours was set up.

 

TRAINING

When Swissair phased out the CV990 in 1975, Spantax acquired four more. They also acquired the spare part inventory for the CV990 as well as the only CV990 simulator. This was installed at Palma and was used as by Spantax as well as leased out to other organisations, most notably NASA.

 

XATNAPSA

This is the name of the company that was set up by Spantax to run the Verdemar Apartments in Santa Ponsa and the Hotel Alcina in Palma.

 

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