SATA Air Açores
SATA Air Açores is a Portuguese regional airline based in Ponta Delgada in the Azores and Ponta Delgada base on the airport. It belongs, as well as her sister SATA Internacional to holding company Grupo SATA.
SATA Air Açores was ( briefly SATA) founded on 22 August 1941 as Serviço Açoreano de Transportes Aereos, and took on June 15, 1947 between the islands of São Miguel and Santa Maria flight operations on. Originally a private company, SATA was nationalized in 1980.
In 1994, the Portuguese one Oceanair including their authority to operate international routes and renamed it to SATA Internacional.
SATA Air Açores received in 2010 by the Portuguese government 1.6 million euros in return for the flights between Portugal and the islands. It is 100 % owned by the Azorean Regional Government.
From their home base in Ponta Delgada SATA Air Açores flies to the Azores islands of Santa Maria, Terceira, Pico, Faial, Sao Jorge, Graciosa, Flores and Corvo. In addition to passengers and freight and mail transported. Medium and long- haul flights are operated by its subsidiary SATA Internacional.
As of August 2013 the fleet of SATA Air Açores consists of six aircraft:
- 4 Bombardier Dash 8Q -400
- 2 Bombardier Dash 8Q -200
- On December 11, 1999 Flight of SATA Air Açores 530M collided on the Azores island of São Jorge with a mountain. The machine of the type BAe ATP was on his way from Ponta Delgada to Horta on Faial Island, when she ran into heavy rain and turbulence that took the pilot's point of view. Since these weather radar neither her nor the navigation device used and not kept to the prescribed minimum altitude, the aircraft collided with the volcano Pico da Esperança, which is also the highest mountain on the island. In the crash every 35 people came on board lost their lives.