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Volotea was established by Alaeo, which was created by former Vueling founders Munoz and Ros. In February 2012, Volotea signed a long term deal with Boeing for an undisclosed number of Boeing 717 aircraft. In November 2015, Volotea announced to phase out their 717 fleet over the next few years and replace it with Airbus A320 family. Volotea's fleet consists of nineteen Boeing 717 aircraft and four Airbus A319s.
The Boeing 717 is equipped with Rolls-Royce engines and is renowned for its comfort and reliability. It's an extremely reliable 125-seat aircraft and offers a high level of comfort due to its limited five seats per row.
Volotea will count on 28 aircraft in 2017: 18 Boeing 717 (with a configuration of 125 seats) and 10 Airbus A319 (with 150 seats).
Since its creation in April 2012, Volotea has carried more than ten million passengers across Europe and expects to transport 4.3 million in 2017.
In 2017 Volotea operates 243 routes among 79 medium and small-sized cities in 16 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Israel, Albania, Moldavia, Portugal, Malta, UK, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg.
Checked baggage allowance is 20 kg per suitcase. The suitcase you take on board has to be 55 cm high x 40 cm wide x 20 cm deep.
Volotea has renews the IOSA registration, given by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) until 2019. The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) programme is an internationally recognised and accepted evalutaion designed to assess the oeprational management and control systems of an airline.
Created in 2001, the IOSA programme checks among other areas flight control, cargo operations and operations in the passenger cabin. IOSA has become a global standard, recognized beyond the scope of IATA. The total accident rate for IOSA carriers between 2011 and 2015 was 3.3 times lower than the rate for non-IOSA airlines.
Volotea renews this registration in its sixth year of operations, and after launching its ninth European base in Genoa. In 2017, Volotea operates 28 aircraft Boeing 717 and Airbus 319 with 243 routes among 79 European cities in 17 countries and expects to carry 4.3 million passengers. In addition, the airline will add six A319 in Nantes, Bordeaux and Toulouse.
Growth in 2017
Volotea has celebrated its 5th anniversary on April 5th 2017. In January, Volotea has reached 10 millionth of passengers carried from its first flight in 2012. In 2016, Volotea experienced a significant increase percentually in its operations becoming the fastest growing large LCC in Europe.
In 2017 Volotea has added more than 40 new routes to serve a lineup of 243 routes, operating flights to 79 mid and small-sized European cities in 16 countries: France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Israel, Albania, Moldavia, Portugal, Malta, UK, Austria, Ireland and Luxembourg. Volotea expects to carry 4.3 million passengers.
Volotea will count on nine bases in 2017: Venice, Nantes, Bordeaux, Palermo, Strasbourg, Asturias, Verona, Toulouse and Genoa, which has been launched in April.
Volotea 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 125 seats to 150 seats on its new planes. Both models are recognized for their comfort and reliability, with Volotea offering reclining seats 5% wider than the average in airlines.
The range of the A319 allows Volotea to operate routes with a longer distance and penetrate new markets. While the Boeing 717 has a range of 2,500km, the Airbus A319 reaches 3,500km.
4 Volotea’s Airbus A319 are based in Nantes, where one of the six new Airbus A319s will also be placed. The other five will be based in Bordeaux and Toulouse. The new Airbus A319 of the 2017 line will be received progressively during the first semester of this year.
In November 2016, Volotea, the airline of mid and small‐sized European cities, was announced to be in the third spot of the most punctual low cost airlines in Europe for the second consecutive month, according to the monthly report of the independent agency FlightStats. In addition, Volotea is among the 10 most punctual low cost airlines in the world in October.
In September 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 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.
In June 2016, Volotea announced it will open in Genoa its fourth operative base in Italy and ninth at European level. In 2017, the company will have nine bases in Italy (Venice, Verona, Palermo and Genoa), France (Nantes, Bordeaux, Strasbourg and Toulouse) and Spain (Asturias). From Genoa it’s currently possible to fly to 7 destinations: Catania, Naples, Olbia, Palermo and to the 3 new destinations for this year: Alghero, Brindisi and Cagliari. With the Genoa base launch, Volotea estimates to get to 15 routes within 3 years. In April 2017, Volotea announced New flights from Bordeaux to Malta. Volotea’s flights from Bordeaux to Malta will start on 13th April and will run throughout the entire summer schedule until October 2017. One flight per week will be operated from April to June and September to October, increasing to two flights per week in the months of July and August. An Airbus A319 150-seater will be used throughout the schedule, connect the South-Western French city and Malta International Airport in approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes.
In May 2017, Volotea announced it had expanded its presence in Montpellier (MPL) on 20 May, with the addition of a weekly (Saturdays) rotation to Bastia (BIA). The 463-kilometre sector, which will be flown by a variety of the airline’s equipment, joins the carrier’s five other domestic services from Montpellier – namely to Nantes, Strasbourg, Lille, Brest and Ajaccio. No other airline flies on this sector.
Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport is the main international airport serving Madrid in Spain. It is the hub airport for Air Europa and Iberia. It has 4 runaways and can handle a passenger capacity of 45 million per year. Other airlines which fly to and from Madrid Airport include Aegean Airlines, Aeroflot, Air China, Air France, Blue Air, Cubana, Czech Airlines, easyJet, Finnair, Ethiad Airways, Iberian, LAN Airlines and many others.
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