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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.

Volotea aircraft slide show:

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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.

Volotea aircraft slide show:

Plans are underway to bring back Midwest Express Airlines

Curt Drumm of Manitowoc, WI is leading an effort to bring back Midwest Express Airlines. A website has been established and a small group is looking for investors. If it happens, the second version of Midwest Express would also be based in Milwaukee.

The website has made this statement:

The Return of a Legend:

Plans are underway to bring back the iconic Midwest Express Airlines. Remember the great service, comfortable seating and chocolate cookies? So much of that went away, and hasn’t come back.

With fewer flights out of Milwaukee’s Mitchell International Airport (MKE), and even fewer non-stop destinations, travel has become more of a hassle. Add long connections, service fees and crowded planes, it’s just not fun anymore. Many other mid-size airports face the same problem, too.

That’s why we’re working hard to bring back Midwest Express. With convenient destinations for business travelers, roomy seats, WiFi and friendly people who care about you, it’s going to help you plan your travel more efficiently. Flights to many of our destinations will allow you to travel out and back on the same day, getting you back home at night, instead of being away.

We are currently finalizing our plans. If you’d like to be part of it, either as an investor or a member of our team, let us know. There’s a contact form below. Or just follow our progress right here. We’ll keep you posted.

Thanks for your interest in the new Midwest Express. More details will be coming soon. We can’t wait to get in the air!

(Oh, and by the way, we haven’t forgotten the cookies!)

Midwest Express Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 N302ME (msn 47102) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103360.

Above Copyright Photo: Midwest Express Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32 N302ME (msn 47102) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 103360.

Note: The original Midwest Express Airlines (above) commenced scheduled passenger flights on June 11, 1984. In March 2003 it became Midwest Airlines (below). On June 23, 2009, Republic Airways Holdings, Inc. announced they would acquire Midwest Airlines for $31 million. The purchase was finalized on July 30, 2009. On November 2, 2009 the last flight was operated and the brand was retired.

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2003

Above Copyright Photo: Midwest Airlines (USA) Boeing 717-2BL N924ME (msn 55190) DCA (Bruce Drum). Image: 100801.