Volotea has accelerated its fleet transformation for Summer 2021, becoming a 100% Airbus operator, phasing out entirely its Boeing 717s and adding 15 to 19 Airbus A320s. The company has already sourced 15 A320s and will add up to 4 more based on last minute summer demand.
With the addition of the 180-seat Airbus A320s, Volotea will increase its fleet capacity by 15% of seats.
Volotea evolves into a single fleet operator, in a move favoring the European manufacturer Airbus, through the early retirement of its fourteen Boeing 717 aircraft and their replacement by 15 to 19 Airbus A320s.
The fleet renewal is part of Volotea’s review of its strategical, financial, and operational plans in the context of the crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has already sourced 15 A320s and will add up to 4 more based on last minute summer demand.
Volotea was founded in 2011 by Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros, previously founders of Vueling, and is one of the fastest-growing independent airlines in Europe, increasing year-on-year its fleet, routes served, and seats offered. Since its start, Volotea has carried more than 30 million passengers across Europe.
Volotea is based in 16 European mid-sized capitals: Asturias, Athens, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Cagliari, Genoa, Hamburg, Lyon (opening in 2021), Marseille, Nantes, Naples, Palermo, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Venice and Verona. Volotea currently flies to 90 cities across 14 countries and plans to fly to a new country in 2021 by opening routes to Algeria from France.
In 2020, Volotea signed an agreement with Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspection and certification, in order to verify the successful implementation of health and hygiene measures. Volotea is the world’s first airline to have its preventive measures against COVID-19 audited by Bureau Veritas.