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Volotea celebrated its 15 millionth passenger

Maman, I'Arrive! (Mom I'm coming!) sub-titles

Volotea celebrated in Nantes its 15 millionth passenger carried since operations started in April 2012. The winner, Julie Besson, was awarded with a tailor-made holiday package with one-week premium accommodation at Palermo and free flights for a year.

Volotea’s Growth

Volotea has carried 15 millionth passengers since its first flight in 2012 and more than 4,8 millions 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 nine bases: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse and Genoa, in which it leads on number of destinations (except in Toulouse). New bases in Athens, Bilbao and Marseille have been announced to be launched throughout this year.

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 Airbus A319-112 EI-FMT (msn 2113) NTE (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 932960.

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Volotea to add 15 new routes for next summer

Volotea (Barcelona) for next summer season is adding 15 new routes according to Airline Route:

Bastia – Caen twice weekly (April 12)

Bordeaux – Brest twice weekly (April 17)

Bordeaux – Corfu weekly (April 19)

Bordeaux – Dubrovnik  weekly (April 18)

Bordeaux – Prague twice weekly (April 17)

Bordeaux – Toulon twice weekly (June 29)

Lille – Figari twice weekly (April 26)

Lille – Biarritz twice weekly (April 27)

Naples – Irakleion weekly (June 30)

Strasbourg – Olbia weekly (April 24)

Strasbourg – Figari twice weekly (April 25)

Strasbourg – Venice twice weekly (April 27)

Toulouse – Figari twice weekly (April 25)

Toulouse – Palermo weekly flight (starting April 10)

Toulouse – Palma Mallorca twice weekly (April 11)

Volotea 717-200 cabin (volotea)(LR)

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/ Boeing 717-2BL EI-FBM (msn 55192) taxies at Nantes, France.

Volotea: AG Slide Show



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Current routes from Venice:

Volotea Venice 10.2014 Route Map

Boeing leases additional 717s to QANTAS Link and Volotea

Boeing’ (Chicago) leasing unit, Boeing Capital Corporation, announced additional deployments of 717s.

Australia’s largest regional airline, QANTAS Link, will receive an additional five leased 717s to add to its existing fleet of 13 of the twinjets that operate across Australia. Those deliveries will begin in late 2013 after the aircraft are refitted with upgraded interiors to include a full business class experience and new in-flight entertainment systems. The QANTAS Group has operated the 717s since 2002.

The 717s will be deployed on the Sydney-Canberra, Brisbane-Canberra and Melbourne-Canberra routes.

In Europe, startup carrier, Volotea (Barcelona and Venice), will increase its 717 fleet (below) in 2013 to a total 15 as it continues to develop its business model of offering point-to-point service to passengers between medium and small-sized European cities. Volotea began operations on April 5, 2012 with a network built around the 717 that is supported by a comprehensive Boeing solution for operations and training.

Volotea recently surpassed the million passenger mark enabled by its operation from 52 European airports, currently serving 97 city pairs.

There are more than 150 Boeing 717s in service today since the first airplane was delivered in 1999. The twinjet’s technology and fleet performance have earned it the distinction of being the world’s best jetliner serving the 100-passenger airline market.

Top Copyright Photo: Micheil Keegan/ Operated by Cobham Aviation Services Australia for QANTAS, Boeing 717-2K9 VH-NXH (msn 55055) prepares to land in Perth, Western Australia.

QANTAS Link-Cobham: AG Slide Show

Volotea: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/ Boeing 717-2BL EI-EWI (msn 55170) climbs away from Southend after maintenance.

Volotea starts charter operations

Volotea (Barcelona and Venice) on March 28 operated a football charter flight from Valencia to Amsterdam
and back. The Valencia team was flown to Amsterdam for the UEFA football (soccer) match. The new airline is still planning to start scheduled flights from Venice on April 5.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems. Boeing 717-2BL EC-LPM (msn 55185) visits Amsterdam.

Volotea takes delivery of its second Boeing 717 in a different livery, ready for launch on April 5

Volotea (Venice) on March 21 took delivery of its second Boeing 717, the pictured 717-2BL registered as EC-LQI (msn 55167, ex N408BC). The airliner arrived at Palma de Mallorca two days later where it is pictured today. The former Midwest Airlines airframe  was painted at Cecil Field in Jacksonville with a different tail design.

Volotea bills itself as “the airline for Europe’s small and mid-sized cities”. The new airline will start operating from Venice Marco Polo Airport on April 5. Volotea will initially serve five domestic destinations (Brindisi, Cagliari, Olbia, Palermo, and Reggio Calabria) and nine international destinations (Alicante, Bilbao, Bordeaux, Budapest, Krakow, Malaga, Porto, Thessaloniki, and Santiago de Compostela).

During the summertime the number of routes will grow to 24, and Volotea will thus become Marco Polo’s largest carrier in terms of destinations served. Operationally, weekly flights will grow from 90 a week in April (arrivals + departures) to 160 in August, while the amount of seats on offer will increase from 11.250 to 20.000 over the same period.

Volotea focuses on point-to-point services between Europe’s small and mid-sized cities which are either subject to high fares or do not have direct flights between them. New routes will start at €19 each way, all included.

In addition to the founders and top managers, the new airline boasts three private equity funds (two of them from Europe and the third one from the United States). The equity funds have committed substantial and adequate funding for the launch of Volotea:

CCMP Capital Advisors, A leading private equity firm specializing in upper-middle market buyouts and growth equity investments in the U.S. and Europe, with offices in New York, London and Houston, CCMP Capital was formed in 2006 by the former buyout and growth equity investment professionals of J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC (a private equity division of JPMorgan Chase & Co). The founders of CCMP Capital have invested over $13bn since 1984.

FESpyme, Fondo de Capital Riesgo, managed by Axis Participaciones Empresariales, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Spain’s Instituto de Crédito Oficial. Having invested €250m in over 130 operations since 1986, Madrid-based Axis is the oldest venture capital operator in Spain.

Sinaer Inversiones, an aviation-investment vehicle partly owned by Corpfin Capital, an independent private equity firm which focuses on Spanish growth companies. Madrid-based Corpfin was founded in 1990 and currently manages assets worth €400m.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez.

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Volotea to launch operations from Venice on April 5

Volotea (Barcelona) has selected Venice as its first operating base with three Boeing 717s. Scheduled operations are due to begin on April 5. The first routes will connect Venice with Brindisi, Cagliari and Palermo.

The pictured former Midwest Airlines and Mexicana Click Boeing 717-2BL N923ME (msn 55185) above departing from Palma de Mallorca arrived at Palma from Victorville, CA where it had been in storage since January 23, 2011. Two more 717s are currently at Jacksonville (Cecil Field) awaiting the final trip across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Volotea name is derived from the Spanish verb revolotear meaning “to fly around”.

Volotea is a new company owned by Alaeo SL, a company headed by Carlos Muñoz (the founder of Vueling Airlines).  Munoz began the process almost a year ago of creating the new airline. The project has also involved staff from the former Quantum Air, as this airline was the last Boeing 717 operator in Spain.

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Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez.

Boeing and Voltea agree on 717 leases

Volotea (Palma de Mallorca) as previously reported, has taken delivery of its first Boeing 717-200 airplane leased from Boeing Capital Corporation, the manufacturers’ financing and leasing arm. The operator plans to begin its new European point-to-point service with an all-717 fleet in time for this year’s Easter travel season.

Under a multi-year arrangement, Boeing will begin additional deliveries of the twinjet in March of this year. The number of aircraft involved in the arrangement was not disclosed.

Volotea’s business plan is to serve Europe’s small and mid-sized cities.

Volotea’s 717s will be configured to carry 125 passengers in an all-coach layout.

Copyright Photo: Javier Rodriguez.