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Deboarding Volotea's A320 EC-NON in Pisa. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

European Ultra Low-Cost Flying Part Three: Olbia-Pisa with Volotea

This is Part Three in a short series of trip reports aboard European ultra-low-cost carriers. To view Part One, click here, and to view Part Two, click here. As explained in the previous article, the plan was to fly DAT from Catania, Italy to Olbia, Italy then return to Pisa, Italy in the same night. In June, Volotea opened a base in Olbia, so they had quite a lot of destinations from that city. Thankfully, Pisa was one of them.…

Last Boeing 717 Operator in Europe Bids Farewell

Low-cost carrier Volotea has announced its plans to phase out its remaining nine Boeing 717-200 aircraft, marking the end of the type operating throughout Europe. The Spanish airline, which is headquartered in Asturias Airport in northern Spain, operated a total of 19 717-200s since the airline began operations. The first…

Boeing 717 Sunsetting Means the End for The DC-9 Family

On February 25, 1965, the Douglas DC-9 took to the skies, creating a new narrowbody aircraft for the commercial aviation industry to take notice to. Much like the airlines that have utilized the jet, the aircraft itself has gone through various transformations becoming the McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 and MD-90 and eventually…

Spanish Volotea Receives Warning From Italian Government

Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea has been told by the Italian civil aviation authority that it could be blocked from operating within Italy if its flight schedules are continuously delayed. Italy's National Agency for Civil Aviation, or ENAC, has accused the Barcelona-based carrier of "numerous critical issues" this past summer, some…