Spanish Ferry Company Adds Second Jetfoil In Canary Islands Service

Compania Trasmediterranea of Madrid, Spain, has purchased a second Boeing Jetfoil hydrofoil for passenger service on their route between Las Palmas and Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

The Jetfoil will be delivered in October of this year. Trasmed began Jetfoil service in August 1980, and in the first six months of operation carried more than 100,000 passengers on the 52- mile route.

"The Jetfoil has proven very successful for us in the rough water of the Canaries," Trasmed president Don Federico Esteve, said. "When the service started, we knew it would be a challenge for both our company and Boeing Marine Systems," he said, adding that "performance has been excellent and we are buying a second Jetfoil." Value of the 294-seat Jetfoil sale is approximately $13.1 million.

The state-owned ferry company also holds an option on a third Jetfoil. Trasmed provides passenger, auto, and freight service in Spain with a fleet of 34 larger ferries.

The Trasmed sale brings the number of announced Boeing Jetanswer foil sales to 21. These vessels have logged more than 450 million passenger miles in worldwide operations since beginning service in April 1975. The Belgian state ferry company RMT (Sealink) will begin English Channel Jetfoil service on May 31 this year between Ostend, Belgium, and Dover, England.

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