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  • VIVA Air (Spain) was established on February 24, 1988 initially as a joint venture of Iberia and Lufthansa.

    Initial operations commenced in 1988 with Airbus A320 aircraft from Germany to Spain, in particular to Palma de Mallorca.

    By 1992, the partnership between Lufthansa and Iberia ended and Iberia took over the operations of VIVA Air.

    The company entered the Spanish domestic scheduled market using McDonnell Douglas DC-9 aircraft, later replaced with Boeing 737-300s.

    The colorful livery featured a Joan Miró-style sunshine livery designed by Spanish school children.

    The scheduled flights began to lose moneyand Iberia took over those scheduled routes. VIVA Air reverted to charyter flights using Boeing 737-300 aircraft of which it had 10 in service by 1995.

    Operations ceased in 1998 and the airline was liquidated. Iberia took over all staff, aircraft and licenses.