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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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Mahan Air becomes a new Airbus A340-600 operator, adds six new destinations

Mahan Air (Tehran) has become a new Airbus A340-600 operator. The pictured ex HiFly Airbus A340-642 EP-MMH (msn 391) ferried to Tehran on May 8, 2015 and is now in service. The airline is planning to add seven stretched Airbus A340s according to ch-aviation. The date of introduction is unknown.

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The carrier has recently been expanding its international network. The carrier has recently added Bahrain (May 14), Moscow (Vnukovo) (May 28), St. Petersburg (Pulkovo) (June 4), Athens (June 14), Milan (Malpensa) (June 17) and Sochi (June 23), all from Tehran (Khomeini).

Copyright Photo: Rob Finlayson/AirlinersGallery.com. EP-MMH visits Athens, one of the new destinations.

Mahan Air aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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SkyGreece Airlines is ready to start flying this month

SkyGreece FAs + 767-300 SX-BPN (13)(Grd)(SkyGreece)(LR)

SkyGreece Airlines (Athens) is planning to launch Boeing 767-300 ER passenger operations from Athens later this month. The airline plans to fly to North America (New York, Montreal and Toronto) but initially will operate weekly services from ATH to Asmara (starting on June 21), London (Gatwick) (July 5), Mogadishu (June 22) and Stockholm (Arlanda) (June 19) per Airline Route.

The company issued this statement:

SkyGreece Airlines S.A., a new Greek trans-Atlantic airline, founded by Greek expatriates from Canada and the USA, has acquired all necessary permits from the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority and the Greek Ministry of Transport.

After the scheduled test flight on March 21, 2014, that included HCAA executives, the Company fulfilled all required legal procedures, and is ready to commence flight operations worldwide. Concurrently, documentation has been submitted to the American and Canadian Civil Aviation Authorities, in order to obtain the necessary licenses and launch in its initial phase, scheduled flights from Athens to New York, Toronto and Montreal.

In the meantime, the Company will conduct selective charter flights. SkyGreece Airlines S.A. is staffed with experienced personnel in the aviation industry whose main goal is to unite Greece with the Greek diaspora. The Company operates in Markopoulo Attica, Montreal and Toronto, with future offices in New York.

The first aircraft of SkyGreece Airlines S.A. is a Boeing 767-300 ER, named “Taxiarchis” that has 274 seats, and hosts a distinctive Greek flag on its tail. The airline expects to enter the market dynamically with trans-Atlantic flights all in Greek traditional hospitality. It is currently in the process of acquiring a second aircraft.

We would like to inform you, that in order to respect the American and Canadian Civil Aviation procedures, SkyGreece Airlines S.A. will not be issuing another press release until all above licenses as required by law, have been obtained.

SkyGreece Airlines S.A. is grateful to the diaspora and the Greek State for their total support and cooperation.

Copyright Photo: SkyGreece Airlines. The flight crews stand in front of Boeing 767-31A ER SX-BPN (msn 26470).

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