Cleared for take-off

On 26 March 1989, Binter Canarias, an Iberia subsidiary aviation company, launched its first air service connecting the Canarian archipelago by air.

The first NT 104 flight took off from Tenerife North Airport at 8:00 a.m. and headed for Gran Canaria, soaring above the northern coast of Tenerife once it had made its way over the Anaga mountains. Cabin crew member Katia Fernández and captains Ricardo Génova and Alfonso García Bach had the privilege of welcoming the 40 passengers on this maiden flight.

Manufactured by Spanish firm Construcciones Aeronáuticas, the Casa CN 235 was the first ever Binter-operated aircraft, with 36 daily scheduled flights covering the islands of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma and Tenerife during the initial months.

In January 1990, the first ATR 72 unit joined the fleet, soon becoming the company's flagship.

Binter has surely come a long way, from 36 air services per day during the spring of 1989 to present-day 220 daily flights, covering all inter-island routes, connectivity with all 8 airports accross the Archipelago, and flying from the Canary Islands to international and, as of 2018, national destinations.

When it first started operating in the region, Binter had an ambitious goal: flying between its islands and provide cohesion to a fragmented territory – no small undertaking.

Ever since, the Spanish airline has become the benchmark in the transportation sector in the Canary Islands, playing also a prominent role on the European stage (seven ERA awards). By offering its customers a high quality service and being actively involved in the community, Binter shows its desire to stay true to its commitment to the Canarian archipelago.

Milestones:

1989

On 26 March 1989, Binter commenced operations in the Archipelago.

1999

In 1999 Binter's fleet consisted of eleven aircraft, capable of running all flights being operated by the company at the time.

2002

2002 was the turning point in the history of the airline – an Iberia subsidiary until then – as a group of Canarian investors acquired the company.

2005

2005 marked the beginning of the international expansion, with the addition of direct flights to new key destinations such as Marrakech, El Aaiún and Madeira.

2009

In 2009 the company experienced a deep restructuring to increase efficiency and improve its services.

2012

By 2012 Binter was in possesion of one of the largest ATR fleets in Europe –unparalleled in the Canary Islands–, which comprised 18 aircraft. The airline also made new progress in terms of its global expansion strategy with the introduction of new routes to Agadir, Casablanca, Cape Verde and Lisbon.

2013

In 2013 Binter inaugurated its new head office in Tenerife and also announced two new destinations in Africa: Banjul and Dakar.

2014

In 2014, Binter started connecting by air the Canary Islands with the Sal Island and Nouakchott. Besides, this year the company celebrated its 25th anniversary.

2015

In 2015 the airline acquired 18 new ATR 72 aircraft as part of a fleet upgrade. Since the takeover by a group of Canarian entrepreneurs, a total 700 million euro have been invested in fleet modernization plans.

2016

In 2016, Binter interconnected all airports in the Cape Verde archipelago.

2017

In 2017, three Bombardier CRJ1000 jets joined the Binter fleet. In addition, a new destination in West Africa – Dakhla – was added to the airline's scheduled service.

2018

In 2018, Binter took a new step forward in its business model by flying to two national destinations outside the Canary Islands on a regular basis: Majorca and Vigo. It also began operating inter-island routes across the Portuguese archipelago of Madeira.

2019

2019 marked the company's 30th anniversary, and national connectivity was enhanced with the addition of three new destinations: Pamplona, Zaragoza and Murcia. On the same year, Binter received three E195-E2 aircraft from manufacturer Embraer and new uniforms were introduced for customer-facing staff within the airline's system.

2020

In 2020, two new national destinations have been added to the company's scheduled air service: Santander and Vitoria.

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