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Volotea to establish a new Lyon base with 10 new routes

Volotea Airbus A319-112 EC-NBD (msn 1901) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 948412.

Volotea continues its development in Lyon Airport, its new base, and launches 10 new routes: Athens, Bilbao, Bari, Caen, Corfu, Faro, Heraklion, Malaga, Santorini and Venice. The airline offers more than 300,000 seats for 18 destinations.

Since Volotea started its operations in Lyon in April 2018, has carried 152,600 passengers. Volotea will open its sixth base in France during spring of 2020. To support the operations, an Airbus A319 will be based at the airport, so the airline will create 25 local jobs for the operations.

This new base will allow Volotea to continue its growth in Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport. Volotea offers more than 300,000 seats in 2020, up 142% year-on-year.

In 2020, Volotea will offer 18 destinations, 10 out of which are new and 6 are exclusive:

– Venice, from October 14, 2019, with 4 flights per week and 26,600 seats.

– Bilbao, from April 6, 2020 – exclusive route – Mondays and Fridays, with 16,200 seats.

– Malaga, from April 13, 2020, Mondays and Fridays, with 17,300 seats.

– Bari, from April 13, 2020, – exclusive route – Mondays and Thursdays, and 17,600 seats.

– Athens, from April 13, 2020, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with 17,600 seats.

– Faro, from April 13, 2020, Mondays and Thursdays, with 18,000 seats.

– Caen, from April 6, 2020, Mondays and Fridays, with 18,000 seats.

– Corfu, from April 13, 2020, Sundays (from April to June) and Tuesdays and Sundays (from July to August), with 11,400 seats.

– Heraklion, from April 13, 2020, Saturdays, with 9,000 seats.

– Santorini, from April 20, 2020 – exclusive route- Wednesdays with 8,600 seats.

In 2020, Volotea will offer from Lyon a total of 18 destinations: Caen, Alicante, Athens, Bari, Bilbao, Cagliari, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Faro, Heraklion, Malaga, Majorca, Palermo, Prague, Santorini, Split, Valencia and Venice.

Top Copyright Photo: Volotea Airbus A319-112 EC-NBD (msn 1901) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 948412.

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Volotea selects Airbus Services as its exclusive long-term partner for A319 Family pilot training

Volotea, the Barcelona-based airline, has chosen Airbus to train all its pilots following the signature of an exclusive five-year contract. The training, which will commence in January 2020, includes Type-Rating* as well as long-term Recurrent** training linked to Volotea’s growing fleet of Airbus A319s – which will exceed 50 aircraft in 2023. The organization of the training plan is currently on-going, paving the way for the ‘go-live’ next year.

Volotea’s trainees will benefit from long-term use of Airbus’ full-flight simulators – located throughout Airbus’ Training Centre Network – and will be taught by a pool of expert pilot instructors, drawn from both Airbus and Volotea. The flexible training scheme will benefit from the cross-fertilization of both Volotea’s and Airbus’ respective expertise and standards. To this end, the airline is initially inducting four of its pilot instructors into Airbus’ training regime, while in parallel, Airbus is aligning around 20 of its own instructors in collaboration with Volotea’s operational requirements. As the airline progressively expands its A319 fleet, the size of the joint instructor pool is expected to commensurably increase. Volotea has selected the Airbus A319 as the model for its planned fleet expansion.

Airbus Services provides state-of-the-art training solutions to ensure safe, reliable and economically-efficient operations on all Airbus aircraft throughout their lifecycle. Airbus is on-hand to offer support every step of the way. A comprehensive and tailored training portfolio is designed and developed by Airbus for airline pilots, cadets, cabin crews, performance & operations engineers, maintenance personnel and structure & repair specialists.

*Type-Rating is the certification of an airline pilot to fly a certain aircraft “type” (in this case the Airbus A319) which requires additional training beyond the scope of the initial license and aircraft class training.

**Recurrent Training – which is often performed within an airline – is a long-term / ongoing activity for professional pilots. Such periodic training is required to enhance their aviation knowledge and skills, train on new equipment or avionics and to learn new and revised regulations and procedures. These periodic checks are also a regulatory requirement to keep a pilot’s license valid.

Volotea will support Dante Aeronautical to develop a hybrid electric aircraft

Volotea has made this announcement:

Volotea, the airline of mid and small‐sized European cities has reached an agreement with DΔNTE Aeronautical to collaborate in the project to develop a hybrid-electric aircraft for transportation of passengers.

Volotea is partnering with DΔNTE on a long-term project for the configuration of a state-of-the-art hybrid-electric small aircraft suitable to operate small inexistent routes in the next decade.

The new aircraft will be eventually able to serve routes between small and mid-size communities, where traditional aircraft are not profitable and other transport alternatives are not available.

This environmentally friendly project is led by DΔNTE Aeronautical and in which, apart from Volotea, other renowned institutions like Instituto de Empresa in Spain, ALTRAN in Europe and University of Sydney and University of Adelaide in Australia are taking part.

This project intends to boost the economic development of rural environments and underserved touristic destinations constrained today by reduced transport alternatives.

Additionally, the new concept will reduce emissions significantly through the use of electric motors, fed by electricity stored by batteries or generated on board with a highly-efficient internal combustion engine.

Industry objectives like IATA´s reduction in net aviation CO2 emissions of 50% by 2050 (relative to 2005 levels) will only be possible by a change of paradigm. The introduction of alternative technologies to conventional jet engines and turbo propellers are key to achieve that goal.

DΔNTE is an aerospace start-up with presence both in Spain and Australia, created to innovate in the aircraft industry with the integration of advanced manufacturing technologies, aerodynamics and electric power plants.

For that purpose, DΔNTE has commenced the design of a 19 to 35 passenger aircraft with all thrust provided by Distributed Electric Propulsion (DEP), batteries for energy storage and an internal combustion turbo-generator working as “range extender”.

It is envisaged that this technology will allow the commercialization of future full electric aircraft. Although DΔNTE´s plans include a future retrofit to a battery only power-plant, this approach is not deemed commercially realistic until the 2030´s. Instead DΔNTE considers its hybrid solution will reduce fuel consumption and emissions more than 50% much sooner than that.

DΔNTE will work with Volotea to define the specifications of this future air passenger commuter to better adapt the aircraft to the most promising markets and routes where the new technology may be introduced in the future.

In order to validate the market opportunity, DΔNTE and Volotea will working closely and also with business schools like Instituto de Empresa in Spain or University of Adelaide in Australia, to estimate and size a new air transport segment that could be monetised and create thousands of jobs.

Upon the successful completion of this first phase, DΔNTE will enter into the detail design and manufacturing of a scaled prototype to be flight-tested as a prior step to its full industrialization and future commercialization. Volotea and DΔNTE expect their hybrid aircraft will be a commercial reality by mid next decade.

A preliminary configuration is already in place but DΔNTE will work in coming months with top aerospace renowned engineering and research organizations, like ALTRAN in Europe and University of Sydney in Australia to validate all the technical hypothesis and have a basic design that will underpin a future flight test phase.

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Volotea launches a new base in Cagliari

Volotea inaugurated on May 30 its thirteenth base, in Cagliari, where two Airbus A319s will be permanently based to operate 15 routes, ten of which exclusively offered by Volotea.

Since Volotea started operations in Cagliari in 2012, Volotea has carried over 750,000 passengers, increasing its number of customers’ year-on-year. In 2018, the airline has carried 270,000 passengers from Cagliari, up by 66% in comparison to the previous year and achieving an average 94% seat load. For 2019, Volotea will offer 414,000 seats, increasing its capacity by 44%.

Volotea also operates in Olbia’s Airport, transporting in 206,000 passengers in 2018 and in Alghero, where last year has transported 51.000 passengers. Since 2012 Volotea has transported in Sardinia more than 1,6 million of passengers. With the launch of Cagliari’s base Volotea will offer in Sardinia more than 700,000 seats and 26 international and national routes to connect the Italian island with different destinations.

In 2019, Volotea is opening 41 new routes to serve a lineup of 319 routes, operating flights to more than 80 mid and small-sized European cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg and Morocco. The airline expects to carry more than 7.5 million passengers in 2019.

Volotea has currently twelve bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. These last three have been inaugurated in 2018. Volotea will inaugurate a new base in Cagliari on May 30th 2019.

Volotea operates its network with 36 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s, after adding six additional aircraft in 2019.

The Airbus A319 is the aircraft model selected for its future growth and will allow the company to increase its passenger capacity by 25% to 156 seats and to serve longer routes.

Photo: Volotea.

 

Volotea grows by 36% in 2018

Volotea Airbus A319-111 EC-MTB (msn 1684) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943839.

Volotea, the airline of mid and small‐sized European cities, has carried 6.57 million passengers in 2018, up 36% in comparison to 4.82 million in 2017. The airline will operate in 83 airports which will be connected with 319 routes, 41 of them new destinations.

This increase in passengers has been achieved all across its network and in the 13 countries in which Volotea operates. Traffic in all its bases enjoyed a significant growth in passengers in 2018: Toulouse (37%), Verona (36%), Palermo (32%), Bordeaux (29%), Genoa (28%), Nantes (24%), Asturias (15%), Venice (14%) and Strasbourg (13%). The three new bases opened during the year have achieved a significant boost in passenger numbers: Athens (204%), Bilbao (161%) and Marseille (77%).

Volotea operated a total of 53,400 flights in 2018 in comparison to 44,500 in 2017, becoming one of the fastest growing large LCC airlines in Europe. The airline has been growing year-on-year in passengers and operations. Volotea celebrated twenty million passengers in October 2018.

“After these first seven years of operations, we are very proud of Volotea’s development. Volotea links already more than eighty mid-sized cities in Europe, as Bordeaux, Nantes, Venice or Bilbao, that were clearly dependent on connections through hubs. The 6.5 million passengers carried last year, our 1,200 employees in 2019, and the solid and continued growth in operations and fleet  (evolving towards a complete Airbus 319 fleet) are the best evidence of our strong development” Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea stated.

In 2019, additional 41 new routes will be launched and available for sale for Volotea to increase its network up to 319 routes connecting with direct flights 83 European mid and small-sized cities in 13 countries. Volotea is also ranked among the top airlines in the world opening more routes.

Volotea will continue increasing its operations this year, expecting more than 7.5m passengers. For these purposes, four new aircraft Airbus A319 are being received, increasing its fleet up to 34 units.

Additionally, Cagliari (Sardinia) have been announced to become the new Volotea base this year. Aircraft will start being based in this airport in May to boost operations with an enhanced tailor-made offer of additional seats and new destinations.

Among its headquarters and its twelve bases, more than 200 new positions will be open for recruitment for Volotea to capitalize in its continuous growth in operations in 2018.

In 2019, Volotea is opening 41 new routes to serve a lineup of 319 routes, operating flights to more than 80 mid and small-sized European cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland, Luxembourg and Morocco. The airline expects to carry more than 7.5 million passengers in 2019.

Volotea has currently twelve bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. These last three have been inaugurated in 2018. Volotea will inaugurate a new base in Cagliari in 2019.

Volotea has employed over 1,000 people in summer 2018 capitalizing in its activity growth. In 2019, 200 new positions will be created.

In 2019, Volotea operates its network with 34 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats which are 5% wider than the average in airlines.

The Airbus A319 is the aircraft model selected for its future growth and will allow the company to increase its passenger capacity by 25% to 156 seats and to serve longer routes.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Volotea Airbus A319-111 EC-MTB (msn 1684) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943839.

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Volotea reaches 20 million passengers in only seven years

Volotea Boeing 717-2BL EI-FCU (msn 55190) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943837.

Volotea, the airline of mid and small-sized European cities, has reached its 20 million passenger carried since its operations started in 2012.

Volotea has reached its 20 million passengers carried since 2012. The passenger, Laurent Lannou, was flying from Bordeaux to Majorca and was awarded with a year-long free flights prize to any destination from Bordeaux.

The airline reaches this mark after carrying more than three and a half million passengers between last June and September, with an average 95% load factor.

Volotea has carried 20 million passengers and will operate more than 44,000 flights this year. The airline has more than 30 aircraft on its fleet and operates a total of 293 routes in 2018 connecting 78 European cities in 13 countries, including: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. Volotea grows profitably since 2014 and has employed more than 1,000 people this year.

 

Volotea’s Growth

Volotea has carried 20 million passengers since its first flight in 2012 and more than 4.8 million in 2017.

In 2018, Volotea has opened 58 new routes to serve a lineup of 293 routes, operating flights to 78 mid and small-sized European cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. The airline expects to carry between 5.7m and 6.0 passengers at the end of 2018.

Volotea has currently twelve bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. These last three have been inaugurated recently in 2018. Volotea will inaugurate a new base in Cagliari.

Volotea employs over 1,000 people in summer 2018, a year in which it added 250 new positions.

In 2018, Volotea operates its network with 32 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats which are 5% wider than the average in airlines.

The Airbus A319 is the aircraft model selected for its future growth and will allow the company to increase its passenger capacity by 20% to 150 seats and to serve longer routes.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Volotea): Volotea Boeing 717-2BL EI-FCU (msn 55190) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943837.

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Volotea surpasses 1,000 employees in less than 7 years

Volotea has announced that its head counts now exceeds 1,000 people among employees at its headquarters in Barcelona and its twelve bases in France, Italy, Spain and Greece.

In less than seven years, Volotea has created one thousand jobs, a remarkably strong growth from 2011 when the airline had five employees. In the last twelve months, Volotea has increased its headcount by 20%, adding 180 people and, since June has already exceeded 1,000 employees.

The almost 400 employees in France are working at Volotea bases in Nantes, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Marseille and Strasbourg. More than 300 work in Venice, Verona, Genoa and Palermo (Italy) and more than 100 in Spain’s bases (Bilbao and Asturias), working in positions as pilots, cabin crew, handling and administrative tasks. In addition, there are 220 employees based in the Volotea’s Barcelona headquarters.

By roles, most of the employees work in the Operations Department (788 people, including 316 pilots, 424 cabin crews and 48 employees in administrative tasks and self-handling), spread among the twelve bases from where Volotea operates.

The airline’s headcount includes more than 35 different nationalities. Most of the employees are Spanish (423), Italian (252) and French (236), but Volotea also has a number of employees from Greece, Germany, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Finland and Belgium.

The opening of three new bases this year has created 120 new positions in Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. Additionally, in the Barcelona headquarters, Volotea has created close to fifty new jobs, hiring staff in recent months in the Operations, Technical, Quality and Safety, Commercial, Marketing, and Strategy departments.

The airline, launched by Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros (also founders of Vueling in the previous decade), had only five employees in the summer of 2011: the above mentioned Carlos Muñoz and Lázaro Ros, Marco Comani, Chief Strategy Officer (and former Chief Strategy Officer at Vueling); Roman Pané, Chief Operations Officer (former CEO at Futura); and John Owen, CFO (previously CEO at Jetblue in the United States).

Volotea’s Growth

Volotea has carried 18 million passengers since its first flight in 2012 and more than 4.8 million in 2017.

In 2018, Volotea has opened 58 new routes to serve a lineup of 293 routes, operating flights to 78 mid and small-sized European cities in 13 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Albania, Portugal, Malta, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. The airline expects to carry between 5.7m and 6.0 passengers in 2018.

Volotea has currently twelve bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao, Marseille and Athens. These last three have been inaugurated recently in 2018.

Volotea employs over 1,000 people in summer 2018, a year in which it added 250 new positions.

In 2018, Volotea operates its network with 32 aircraft, Boeing 717s and Airbus A319s. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats which are 5% wider than the average in airlines.

The Airbus A319 is the aircraft model selected for its future growth and will allow the company to increase its passenger capacity by 20% to 150 seats and to serve longer routes.

Photos: Volotea.