VOLOTEA WILL ADD 6 NEW AIRBUS A319S AND WILL OPERATE MORE THAN 240 ROUTES IN 2017
The Company will operate a fleet of 28 aircraft and expects to transport between 4,3 and 4,5 million passengers next year
More than 50,000 names received in the contest “Hello my plane is…” to baptize the new Airbus A319s
The Volotea Airbus A319 baptized as "Han Volo"
September 22nd, 2016 - Volotea, the airline of mid- and small-sized European cities, will increase its fleet with 6 new Airbus A319s next year. The airline will count on a fleet of 28 aircraft: 18 Boeing 717s and 10 Airbus A319s. In addition, Volotea will operate between 240 and 250 routes from 9 bases and expects to transport 4,3 – 4,5 million passengers in 2017.
In its sixth year of operation, Volotea keeps on growing: the Company, which had two bases in 2012 (Venice and Nantes), will count on nine bases next year: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona and Genoa, that will be launched in 2017.
Next year Volotea will operate flights to 79 cities in 15 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Israel, Albania, Moldavia, Portugal, Malta, the UK, Austria and Ireland.
Volotea will add more than 40 new routes to the existing ones, reaching 240 - 250 routes next year, and expects to transport between 4,3 and 4,5 million passengers in 2017.
28 aircraft in 2017
Related to the fleet, Volotea will count on 28 aircraft next year. With the addition of 6 new Airbus A319s in 2017, the airline will have 10 Airbus A319s and 18 Boeing 717s. The company expects to become a 100% Airbus operator in the next few years. This strategic decision allows the company to increase its passenger capacity by 20%, from its current 125 seats to 150 seats on its new planes. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats which are 5% wider than the average, with approximately 30 inches of separation between each row.
The range of the A319 also allows the company to operate routes with a longer distance and, therefore, to penetrate new markets. While the Boeing 717 has a range of 2.500km, the Airbus A319 reaches 3.500km. In addition, the punctuality rates of the A319 are in constant progression: in August, more than 80% of the flights operated with the A319 arrived on time, and in September the figures are close to 90%. As a result, client recommendation levels are over 90%.
The four Airbus that have joined the Company this year are based in Nantes, where one of the six new Airbuses A319s will also be based. Two of the six new aircraft will be based in Toulouse, and another three in Bordeaux. The first Airbus A319 of the 2017 line will join in January, while the rest of the aircraft will do so progressively during the first semester, until May.
With the arrival of the new A319s, Volotea has again organized the contest “Hello, my plane is…”, that has counted on a high level of participation, with more than 50.000 entries. The winning names will be shared next September 26th through the webpage and the newsletter.
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Volotea, the airline of mid and small-sized European cities, offers direct flights at very competitive prices. Its fleet is currently composed of 19 Boeing 717 with a configuration of 125 seats, and 4 Airbus A319 with 150 seats. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats with are 5% wider than the average with approximately 30 inches of separation between each row. Next year, the airline will add 6 new Airbus A319 to the fleet.
In 2017 Volotea will operate 240-250 routes among 79 medium and small-sized cities in 15 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Israel, Albania, Moldavia, Portugal, Malta, UK, Austria et Ireland. Since its creation in April 2012, Volotea has transported more than 9 million passengers across Europe and expects to transport between 4,3 and 4,5 in 2017.