Javier Hidalgo
CEO of Globalia

It was more than 30 years ago when Air Europa first took to the skies and they have been innovating commercial aviation ever since. Today, in a time when substandard customer service appears to be the norm, Air Europa stands apart, offering their passengers the very best service possible. Supported by its parent company Globalia, Air Europa continues to be a pioneer in the airline industry. Using state-of-the-art technology on their new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Air Europa not only provides travelers with the highest quality and safety standards, but has revolutionized the in-flight experience for passengers as well.

We spoke with Javier Hidalgo, CEO of Globalia, to find out more.

Air Europa has been working to position itself as one of Europe’s most modern airlines. How has this goal been achieved?

We have always been clear that to provide the best service, we must have the best aircraft. In covering long-haul routes, our commitment to the Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been, without doubt, a great success. We are one of the most modern airlines in Europe with a fleet of more than 50 aircraft equipped with the latest technology. Our main objective has always been to offer the latest in all these aspects, making each trip a unique experience for the passenger.

Tell us a little bit about what travelers can look forward to experiencing flying on your new Boeing 787 Dreamliner?

The Dreamliner is a unique aircraft and the most efficient on the market. Every new passenger notices a considerable difference with respect to other aircrafts. Fuel consumption and emissions can be reduced by 20% with an acoustic impact of 60% less as well. In addition, the Dreamliner reduces flight times by almost an hour, and offers Wi-Fi and individual entertainment systems, among other features. The business class section offers flat-bed reclining seats and exclusive menus adapted to the tastes of each passenger.

What are some of your most popular routes?

We fly to 22 destinations within Spain, 13 around Europe and offer 22 connections in America, including New York and Miami. We also have flights to Marrakech, Tel Aviv and Eilat. Every year we add new destinations to our extensive network and in 2019 we will add Panama, Iguazu, Fortaleza and Medellin. We are the bridge between America and Europe thanks to our hub in Madrid.

Recently Globalia — Air Europa’s parent company — has partnered with The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), for the 1st UNWTO Tourism Start-up Competition. How do you anticipate it will affect the tourism industry as a whole?

We are delighted to be working closely with the UNWTO in this first initiative — the largest in the world. We are dedicated to promoting new companies that will lead the transformation of the tourism sector. Our goal is to design, through collaboration and innovation, a sustainable tourism model capable of satisfying the demands of the new traveler.

The call was launched in 164 countries and more than 3,000 projects were submitted to the first edition of the competition. Only 20 have been selected for the final phase which will take place during the next edition of the International Tourism Fair of Madrid (Fitur), in January 2019.