Category Archives: Vueling Airlines

Vueling expands in a big way at Paris Orly

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) Airbus A319-111 EC-NGB (msn 2751) FLR (Marco Finelli). Image: 955352.

Vueling  Airlines has announced 28 routes from Paris Orly starting in early November. The new routes will start from November 2 thru November 5.

The airline will operate 52 routes from ORY this winter.

Vueling is taking advantage of slots given up by Air France at Orly Airport.

Routes that will be flown:

Top Copyright Photo: Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) Airbus A319-111 EC-NGB (msn 2751) FLR (Marco Finelli). Image: 955352.

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Vueling adds three ex-Level Europe Airbus A321s

Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) Airbus A321-211 WL EC-NLV (msn 6454) (Level colors) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 954843.

Vueling Airlines is adding more aircraft.

Besides two Airbus A320s, Vueling has taken delivery of three A321s previously operated by IAG’s Austrian brand Anisec Lufthart (operated as Level Europe) which ceased operations in March 2020.

The airliner displays a hybrid scheme as seen on EC-NLV (formerly OE-LCN, msn 6454).

Photo and report by Javier Rodriguez from Spain.

Copyright Photo: Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) Airbus A321-211 WL EC-NLV (msn 6454) (Level colors) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 954843.

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Vueling returns to Göteborg Landvetter this summer with nonstop service to Barcelona

Vueling Airlines has made this announcement:

Vueling Airlines, part of International Airlines Group (IAG), is returning to Gothenburg and Göteborg Landvetter after a suspension of service autumn 2019. Vueling will resume service to the capital of Catalonia starting on June 11 with two weekly flights on Fridays and Sundays.

Spain is a popular tourist destination from Sweden, and a large number of Swedes who live abroad reside there.

Vueling is currently the only carrier to offer this route, and at present there is no service to Spain from Göteborg Landvetter Airport (GOT). Connecting flights from Vueling’s hub, Barcelona International Airport – El Prat (BCN), enable Swedish travelers to reach more than 15 destinations in Spain.

The airline started operations in Sweden 2012. In addition to the route from Göteborg Landvetter Airport to be launched in June, Vueling offers daily non-stop service from Stockholm Arlanda Airport to Barcelona.

Vueling Airline’s main priority will continue to be the application of the highest safety and hygiene standards on all flights, following the recommendations established by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

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Vueling promotes Tenerife on its Airbus A320neo EC-NIX

Vueling Airlines has added promotional pictorial scenes from Tenerife, Canary Islands, on its Airbus A320neo EC-NIX.

VisitTenerifeES issued these images of ES-NIX on social media:

 

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Iberia Group unveils summer flight program with stringent new health and hygiene measures

Iberia Group has made this announcement:

  • For safe travel, disinfectant spraying of cabins, checking hand luggage without charge, boarding by rows.
  • Iberia and Iberia Express were early adopters of the recommendations made by the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC).
  • This summer, they will offer regular flights over 50 destinations in Spain and the rest of Europe

Centring on Spain and the rest of Europe, the Iberia Group’s summer flight programme to over 50 Spanish and European destinations, features new health and hygiene measures to ensure passenger safety and a pleasant travel experience, in keeping with the recommendations of the European Air Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC), intended to facilitate the recovery of air travel in a safe environment.

Here follows a summary of these measures, which are given in detail on the Iberia web site:   https://www.iberia.com/es/es/covid-19/medidas-adoptadas/  and the Iberia Express site https://i2news.iberiaexpress.com/medidas-covid/

Pre-flight: 
•    During check in passengers must sign a Declaration of Health, attesting that they have no symptoms, have not been diagnosed with Covid-19, and have not been in contact with a known carrier.
•    On flights abroad passengers must also complete a “Health Tracking Form” and a “Health Questionnaire”.
•    Only passengers holding tickets to fly will be admitted to Spanish or other European airports.
•    Passengers are strongly advised to obtain their boarding passes before reaching the airport, downloading them to their telephones in order to avoid contacts.

At the airport: 
•   All surfaces that may be touched by passengers are disinfected frequently and barriers have been placed in strategic positions at check in and customer service counters.
•   Queues for check in and other services have been redesigned to ensure distancing.
•   Passengers are strongly advised to check in their hand luggage (at no charge), in order to avoid unnecessary movements aboard the aircraft.
•   No hand luggage may be taken aboard that exceeds 56 x 40 x 25cm or 10 kg in Economy. On long-haul flights Business passengers may take two pieces of hand luggage not exceeding 14 kg.
•   For additional speed, safety, and convenience, passengers will board by rows, starting from the rear.

Other measures:
•   During flights all passengers above the age of six must wear face masks covering nose and mouth, preferably surgical ones.
•   Passengers must change their masks with the frequency indicated by the manufacturer. Bags will be provided for the storage or disposal of used masks.
•    Aircraft cabins will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected before each flight..
•    Air in cabins is replaced every 2-3 minutes, and HEPA filters eliminate 99.99% of all virus and bacteria from recirculated air.

On-board services:
•   On each flight passengers will hear messages from health authorities about detecting, avoiding, and reporting symptoms of Covid-19.
•   Disinfectant wipes will be issued to all passengers, and extra supplies of hand-washing soaps will be available in toilets.
•    Single-use disposable utensils will be used in food service, which has been simplified..
•    Blankets and pillows issued on long haul flights are disinfected and sealed before use.
•   Duty-free sales and the distribution of newspapers and magazines during flights have been eliminated, but passengers can access more than 7,000 on-line publications, along with other entertainment options.
•   Outfitted in personal protection gear, Iberia cabin crews have also undergone specific training in the implementation of good health practices and special protocols, enabling them to detect and isolate any passenger showing suspicious symptoms.

Vueling introduces a “We love places” logo jet for its advertising campaign

"We love places", delivered on October 29, 2018

Vueling’s fourth Airbus A320neo (EC-NAJ) has been painted in a special “We love places” color scheme.
McCann Barcelona has been commissioned to run the new Vueling advertising campaign that connects the interests of people with the possibilities offered by the airline’s destinations.
Under the concept “We Love Places”, Vueling launches a campaign that shows the new tendency to connect with the authentic and genuine reality of cities.
The campaign revolves around the idea that there is no longer a single way to travel to the same place. The same destination can be lived from many perspectives.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Vueling Airlines (Vueling.com) Airbus A320-271N WL EC-NAJ (msn 8510) (We love places) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 944344.
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IAG, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air submit French ATC strikes complaint to European Commission

A320neo, delivered on April 25, 2018

International Airlines Group (IAG), Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air have submitted complaints to the European Commission against France as its air traffic controllers’ strikes restrict the fundamental principle of freedom of movement within the EU.

The airlines are not questioning the right to strike but believe France is breaking EU law by not enabling flights over the country during strikes. Passengers on overflights are being denied their fundamental freedom to travel between member states not affected by strike action.

So far this year, French ATC strikes have increased by 300 per cent versus 2017. Last month, the French Senate confirmed that France alone is responsible for 33 per cent of flight delays in Europe. The Senate states also that the right to strike has to be balanced against the obligation to provide public service. (*).

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “The right to strike needs to be balanced against freedom of movement. It’s not only customers flying in and out of France who are affected during French ATC strikes. Passengers on routes that overfly France, especially the large airspace that covers Marseille and the Mediterranean, are also subject to delays and massive disruptions. This affects all airlines but has a significant negative impact on Spain’s tourism and economy.”

The complaints state that there is a legal precedent to this case. In 1997, the Spanish complained to the European Commission after they suffered for many years when French farmers prevented their fruit and vegetable exports into the EU. The European Court ruled against France as the French authorities didn’t address the farmers’ actions and failed to ensure the free movement of goods (**).

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, said: “Europe’s ATC providers are reaching the point of meltdown with hundreds of flights being cancelled and delayed daily either because of ATC strikes or because Europe’s ATC don’t have enough staff. When Greece and Italy have ATC strikes, overflights continue as normal. Why won’t France do the same? ATC providers (especially in Germany and the UK) are hiding behind adverse weather and euphemisms such as “capacity restrictions” when the truth is they are not rostering enough air traffic controllers to cater for the number of flights that are scheduled to operate. These disruptions are unacceptable, and we call on Europe’s Governments and the EU Commission to take urgent and decisive action to ensure that ATC providers are fully staffed and that overflights are not affected when national strikes take place, as they repeatedly do in France.”

Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s chief executive, said: “We fully respect the right to strike and have been in constructive dialogue with the EU and the French government to address the issue of ATC strikes. Unfortunately, our passengers have felt little progress so far, which is why we felt it is necessary to take this next step – particularly given the sustained industrial action this year which has totalled 29 days to date.”

József Váradi, Wizz Air’s chief executive, said: “The failure of French air traffic control authorities to ensure a continued and adequate service has already caused massive disruption to the travel plans of thousands of passengers across Europe, with airlines left to pick up the pieces. Addressing this issue must be a priority for the European authorities to ensure European citizens and businesses are no longer held hostage to national industrial relations issues.”

According to Eurocontrol, more than 16,000 flights had been delayed by June this year due to ATC strikes, affecting more than two million passengers.

Last summer, the European Commission said that since 2005 there have been around 357 ATC strikes in Europe. That’s the equivalent of roughly one month per year when the EU skies are disrupted.

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British Airways aircraft slide show: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNB (msn 8139) LIS (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 942707.

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IAG to acquire Niki, will be put under Vueling

Transferred to Airberlin on January 12, 2017

International Airlines Group – IAG (London) has announced it will acquire insolvent Niki (Vienna) for €36.5 million ($43.8 Million). IAG became the lone bidder after the Lufthansa Group pulled out of the bidding. The IAG also out bid Niki Lauda who was bidding to take back his former airline. The IAG will pay €20 million ($24 million) for Niki’s assets and provide liquidity of up to €16.5 million to Niki.

The new Niki will become a subsidiary of Vueling and the IAG will employ most of the former Niki employees (around 740). Vueling will now be able to grow its presence in Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Niki is now likely to adopt the Vueling brand.

Copyright Photo: Niki Luftfahrt (flyNiki.com) (Airberlin) Airbus A320-214 D-ABHF (OE-LEE) (msn 2749) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 937271.

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IAG converts 15 Airbus A320neo options into firm orders

British Airways A320-200neo (97-Union flag)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

International Airlines Group (IAG) (London) has firmed up options for a further 15 Airbus A320neos. The new type will be operated by British Airways, Aer Lingus, Iberia and Vueling Airlines.

Iberia A320-200neo (13)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Since its launch in 2010 the A320neo Family has won 60 percent of all new orders for single aisle aircraft with over 100 seats and has been selected by over 75 airlines worldwide.

Aer Lingus A320-200neo (96)(Flt)(LRW)

Images: Airbus.

Vueling.com A320-200neo (04)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)