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Volotea renews IATA’s prestigious IOSA registration

IOSA audits Volotea’s operational management and control systems. IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is an internationally recognized audit programme, which rewards the highest operational standard levels.

Volotea, the airline of mid and small-sized European cities, has renewed the IOSA registration, given by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) until 2019. The IOSA programme evaluates the airlines’ operational management and control systems
against approximately 940 standards and recommended practices in safety and quality in operations.

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) programme is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational 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.

"This achievement is the result of the Volotea team’s professionalism" says Lazaro Ros, General Manager and Co-founder of Volotea. “From our first day, the safety of passengers and crew is a top priority for Volotea and we are very pleased obtain the IOSA registration”, he concludes.

Volotea has celebrated its fifth 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.

Volotea also closed with a client recommendation rate of 92.5% and being the fourth most punctual low cost airline in the world, ranking third 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 28 aircraft this year with the addition of 6 new Airbus A319s: 10 Airbus A319s and 18 Boeing 717s. More than 40% of the flights scheduled in 2017 are expected to be operated by Airbus A319.

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. Tis 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. Four 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.

Tatiana Rokou

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