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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.

Volotea launches a new base in Athens

Volotea Boeing 717-2BL EI-EXI (msn 55174) (Calypso) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 941847.

Volotea on May 9, 2018 inaugurated the launch of its twelfth base in Athens. The airline will base an aircraft in Athens airport to allow a significant increase in routes and frequencies. The event, presented by Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO, has been hosted by Yiannis Paraschis, Athens International Airport’s CEO.

Since Volotea started operating in Athens in 2015, Volotea has carried over 200,000 passengers, increasing its number of customers year-on-year. In 2017, the airline has carried 108,000 passengers from Athens, up by 78% in comparison to the previous year and achieving an average 88% seat load.

For 2018, Volotea will offer 337,000 seats, increasing its capacity by 173%. The airline will operate two new routes to Verona (starting on May 31st 2018) and Heraklion (started on April 26th 2018). Heraklion is operating daily, like the flights to Mykonos and Santorini.

Both new routes are adding up to the other destinations that Volotea already serves in Athens, for a new total of eight. Volotea flies to five destinations in Italy (Venice, Bari, Genoa, Palermo and from this month onwards also Verona) and to three domestic routes (Santorini, Mykonos and Heraklion).

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 carried 15 million passengers since its first flight in 2012 and more than 4.8 million in 2017.

Volotea has currently twelve bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, BilbaoMarseille and Athens, opened today, May 3rd 2018.

Volotea headcount is 875 employees and will also create another 250 new jobs in 2018 to capitalize its growth in activity.

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.

Copyright Photo: Volotea Boeing 717-2BL EI-EXI (msn 55174) (Calypso) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 941847.

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Volotea launches a new base in Marseille

Volotea Boeing 717-2BL EI-FBL (msn 55183) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 938359.

Volotea, the airline of mid and small‐sized European cities, on April 19, 2018 inaugurated its new base in Marseille, where two aircraft will be permanently based and 60 local jobs have been created.                                                                                    

Volotea has inaugurated its eleventh base at Marseille airport, where two aircraft Boeing 717 will be based to allow a significant increase in routes and frequencies. The event, presented by Carlos Muñoz, Founder and CEO of Volotea, has been hosted by Philippe Bernand, President of Marseille Provence’s Airport. The main institutions in Marseille attended the event and welcomed the airline.

Above Photo: Volotea.

Since Volotea started operating in Marseille in 2014, the number of passengers has increased constantly year-on-year. In 2017, the airline has carried 150,000 passengers from Marseille, up by 77% in comparison to the previous year and achieving an average 83% seat load.

This year, Volotea offers more than 286,000 seats to fly from/to Marseille, adding nine new routes to Biarritz, Caen, Corfu, Funchal, Heraklion, Menorca, Mykonos, Santorin and Majorca. Ten destinations out of the total of nineteen are exclusive from the airport, only served by Volotea. In the first quarter of 2018, the recommendation rate of Volotea in Marseille was 92.5%.

Volotea’s Growth

Volotea has carried 15 millionth 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 eleven bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse, Genoa, Bilbao and Marseille, opened today, April 19th 2018. Additionally, Athens will be launched in the following weeks.

Volotea headcount is 875 employees and will also create another 250 new jobs in 2018 to capitalize its growth in activity.

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: Volotea Boeing 717-2BL EI-FBL (msn 55183) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 938359.

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