Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) is expanding operations in Italy (especially Rome).
The company will launch a new Rome (Fiumicino) base next summer season starting on April 2, 2014. Vueling will launch 22 new routes from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport throughout the summer. Vueling will base eight Airbus aircraft at the airport. The new destinations from Rome include Alicante, Amsterdam, Athens, Bari, Berlin, Brindisi, Brussels, Catania, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Genoa, Lamezia Terme, Munich, Mykonos, Palermo, Prague, Rhodes, Santiago de Compostela, Seville, Split, Thira (Santorini) and Turin.
Vueling is also adding new routes from Florence for the summer season.
Can Alitalia survive this new assault by lower cost Vueling and Ryanair?
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 EC-HTC (msn 1540) prepares to land in Nantes.
International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) has secured firm orders and options for up to 220 Airbus A320 family short-haul aircraft – up to 120 of these for its subsidiary Vueling Airlines (Barcelona). The new aircraft will enable the airline to replace some of its existing Airbus A320 fleet and expand its business.
The Vueling agreement comprises 62 firm orders – 30 A320ceo and 32 A320neo – plus 58 options. The firm orders will be delivered to Vueling between 2015 and 2020.
In addition, IAG has secured 100 A320neo options which could be used for any of the airlines in the Group - British Airways, Iberia or Vueling – for aircraft replacement requirements.
IAG chief executive, Willie Walsh, said: “Vueling has managed to successfully expand its business profitably by targeting both growth markets and those areas where weak competitors are reducing capacity. These new aircraft will enable Vueling to continue that expansion and replace some of its older fleet with modern, fuel efficient aircraft, leading to further unit cost reductions.
“The benefits that the merger brings to all our airlines are highlighted once again. In addition to the Vueling order, we have also been able to secure a further 100 A320neo options for all the airlines in the Group”.
The Vueling firm orders are subject to approval by IAG’s shareholders. This order will be reviewed alongside the recent IAG long-haul orders for Boeing 787s and Airbus A350s, at a shareholder meeting later this year.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. The pictured Airbus A320-232 EC-LVT (msn 5612) with Sharklets was handed over to Vueling on May 31, 2013.
International Airlines Group-IAG (London) is seeking to delist Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) from the Spanish stock exchanges as it nears complete control. The IAG has issued this statement:
International Airlines Group’s (IAG) subsidiary Vueling has called a general shareholders’ meeting on June 27, 2013 to approve the delisting of Vueling’s shares from the Spanish stock exchanges.
The delisting tender offer will be €9.25 per share. Vueling will be delisted from the Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia stock exchanges upon successful completion of the offer.
Since April 26 2013, IAG Group has owned 90.51 per cent of Vueling. This follows a cash tender offer for the Vueling shares that were not already owned by IAG’s subsidiary Iberia which has a 45.85 per cent holding. Acceptance of the original cash tender offer of €9.25 euro per share was recommended by the Vueling board on April 9, 2013.
Vueling is a Spanish low cost carrier based in Barcelona. It will remain a standalone operating company within IAG with its chief executive Alex Cruz reporting into IAG chief executive Willie Walsh.
Copyright Photo: Rolf Wallner/AirlinersGallery.com. A nice ramp portrait of Airbus A319-112 EC-LRZ (msn 3700) at Zurich (click on the photo for the full-size view).
Video: Alex Cruz in a video interview (last Year):
Vueling Airlines‘ (Barcelona) board of directors has approved the latest bid by the International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) after IAG raised its bid for the remaining shares by 32 percent to €9.25 a share.
IAG CEO Willie Walsh also stated Vueling Airlines will remain a separate carrier and will not be merged with the higher cost and troubled Iberia (Madrid).
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Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss. Airbus A320-214 D-AXAS (msn 5533) with Sharklets at a snowy Hamburg (Finkenwerder) became EC-LVO when it was handed over on April 5.
Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) has taken delivery of its first A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklet fuel saving wing tip devices, becoming the first Spanish carrier to do so. Including this delivery, Vueling’s in-service fleet rises to 61 A320 Family aircraft
Sharklets are newly designed wing-tip devices that improve the aircraft’s aerodynamics and significantly cut the airline’s fuel burn and emissions by four per cent on longer sectors. Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft, and standard on all members of the NEO Family. They offer the flexibility to A320 Family operators of either adding around 100 nautical miles more range or allowing an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.
Copyright Photo: Eurospot. The pictured A320-232 F-WWGD (msn 5530) became EC-LUO on delivery.
Vueling Airlines‘ (Barcelona) board has rejected the latest offer by the International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) to acquire the remaining shares in the low-fare airline. The board believes the IAG $148 million bid undervalues the company and is recommending that all stockholders reject the latest bid.
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Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Airbus A320-232 EC-LQN (msn 2168) completes its final approach into London (Heathrow).
International Airlines Group-IAG’s (London), the parent of British Airways (London) and Iberia (Madrid), through its subsidiary Veloz Holdco, has formally filed an application for Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) through a tender offer. IAG is seeking authorization from the National Securities Market Commission of Spain for the market offer. IAG plans to acquire 16.2 million shares of Vueling Airlines or 51.14 percent of the total shares, that it does not already own through subsidiary Iberia, which already controls 45.85 percent of the Vueling shares.
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Copyright Photo: Pedro Baptista. Vueling Airlines’ Airbus A319-112 EC-LRS (msn 3704) approaches Barcelona for landing.
Vueling Airlines (Barcelona) is again increasing its route network at its home airport next summer. The low-fare airline issued the following statement:
Vueling in 2013 will for the fourth consecutive year, will expand operations at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, where it plans to reach 100 direct destinations during the upcoming summer season. Highlights include new routes especially attractive to the business traveler as London-Gatwick, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf, as well as a significant increase in flights to new cities in Germany, France, Italy and Scandinavia.
In the last two seasons of summer, the company has launched a total of 45 new destinations that have made the second El Prat airport in Europe after Frankfurt, with greater flight of short and medium haul by your company dominant airline. The goal is that by 2014 Vueling Barcelona will become the European leader in this type of connections.
Of the 28 new routes planned for next summer IATA season, which begins in March 2013, highlights five never before operated from El Prat: Dresden (Germany), Rennes (France), Fez (Morocco), Rhodes and Kos (Greece ). The airline also added four new countries to its network: Gambia (Banjul), Finland (Helsinki), Bulgaria (Sofia) and Luxembourg.
Vueling, which already flies to London-Heathrow, starting in 2013 the route London-Gatwick Barcelona. It also launched routes to other European cities and North particularly attractive to business travelers and Frankfurt, Stuttgart, Dusseldorf, Turin and Casablanca. With this, the company responds to the demand for direct connections between Barcelona and different regions of interest to businesses. The goal is to reach Vueling end of 2013 to 50% of business travelers on its flights.
To meet this new offering, the airline will increase the number of aircraft based in El Prat from 34 to 43 and will include 500 new employees, including pilots, cabin crews and support personnel from different categories and specialties.
With this new momentum, Vueling consolidates its leadership position in El Prat, which currently has a market share of 30%, operating over 240 flights daily. Under this increased activity, Barcelona Vueling expects to attract a greater number of travelers who visited the city during the summer of 2012 on flights of the company, which was 4.7 million.
Besides Barcelona, Vueling will also grow in most of its other operating bases. Next season, there will be more flights from Bilbao to Canaries, Greek Islands and the route to Berlin will operate from the beginning of the summer. From Malaga and Alicante, there will be more routes to France and Benelux.Baleares will increase capacity on some of its existing routes, such as Palma-Moscow spends three to five times a week. Paris Orly and Amsterdam increase capacity in existing flights. And finally, in Canary thinking times will improve the business traveler and the connection with northern Europe through the company’s hub in Barcelona.
Vueling renews communication code and presents a new class Excellence for the business traveler Vueling continues to work to improve services for the business traveler. This launches the new class to Excellence, a very competitive price, offers all the elements required by the passenger to fly with flexibility, convenience and speed. Different cabin seating, lounge access, preferential boarding, ergonomic head, snack on board, total flexibility changes and extra points loyalty plans of the company are some of the attributes of this rate.
All these developments are part of a significant change for the airline: a new communication code that aims to project maturity and current size of the company without sacrificing the innovative spirit that has always characterized the brand. The starting point of all the work of the company is its people.
All this is included in a brand new concept:
LOVE THE WAY YOU FLY
It is a concept that denotes quality international service and closeness and trust.
Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A320-211 EC-FQY (msn 356) completes its final approach.
Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) (Barcelona) has now flown over 50 million passengers. To celebrate this milestone, the airline previously asked for help in preparing its first ever mid-air photography exhibition named the Vueling Air Gallery.
Vueling has now decorated one of its Airbus A320s with a selection of winning Instagram photos of Vueling destinations submitted by its passengers.
The 50 photos were chosen by a panel of judges and became a part of the Vueling Air Gallery book, which will now travel to all the Vueling destinations on board this aircraft. Each winner received a free roundtrip flight to any Vueling destination from their nearest airport.