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.