MIAMI – Last week, Uep! Fly (WT), Spain’s newest island hopper, commenced operations with an ATR 72 aircraft. The airline is a subsidiary of the established Spanish carrier Swiftair, sharing the same IATA code.
The first flight took off on 16 July 2021 as WT7770 from its base in Ibiza (IBZ) en route to Palma De Mallorca (PMI). The airline will operate three daily flights on the Ibiza – Mallorca route and twice daily on the Mallorca – Menorca (MAH) sector.
The airline will soon expand its network, connecting the Balearic Islands to mainland Spain and eventually neighboring EU countries.
Behind the Name
The clever name of the airline stems from “Uep!”, a Majorcan greeting meaning “hello” or “hey”. The phrase “Uep! Con anam?”, translating roughly to “hello, how are you”, evokes the airline’s signature Majorcan hospitality.
The airline aims for passengers to experience Majorcan hospitality across all platforms, including their website and onboard their aircraft.
Uep!’s Growing Fleet
Uep! Fly has started its operations with just two ATR 72-500 aircraft (EC-KKQ and EC-LST), featuring a single-class cabin of 68 seats, while a third is expected to join its fleet soon.
EC-KKQ was delivered to Swiftair in 2007, before operating flights for the United Nations in 2015 and 2017.
Swiftair, a major Spanish charter, cargo, and passenger operator based out of Madrid, operates a diverse fleet of ATR 42-300s, ATR 72-200/300/500F, Boeing 737-300/400 SF, Boeing 757-200PCF, and Embraer EMB 120FC.
Featured Photo: Photo: Uep! Fly