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Volotea says goodbye to the Boeing 717


The low cost airline Volotea carried out its last flights in Boeing 717, its fleet now comprising only Airbus A319s.

No more scheduled flights in Europe will be operated by Boeing 717: the Spanish specialist in cheap flights, well known at regional airports in France, on January 10, 2021 operated the last commercial single-aisle flight with 125 seats (the one registered EC-MGT ) between Palermo airport and its base in Venice-Marco Polo. The last eight 717s of Volotea are now stationed there, a ninth being in Verona; all will leave for California for long-term storage, in Victorville or in the Mojave Desert.

The low cost, founded in 2011 and launched in February 2012, then received its first 717, leased from Boeing: the EC-LPM had already spent the previous six years with Midwest Airlines then Mexicana Click. Volotea operated up to 19, before announcing its switch to the 156-seat Airbus A319 in November 2015. She then explained the choice of the A319 by several factors including « its technical performance and the availability of this model. »(More than 1,400 A319s already in service), the increase in its passenger transport capacity, the possibility of serving more distant destinations – and of operating a 100% Airbus fleet in the future. This is now the case, with 20 aircraft in service and three awaiting delivery.

Launched by McDonnell-Douglas in 1997, the MD-95 became 717-200 after the purchase of the manufacturer by Boeing the same year: it entered service in October 1999 with the airline ValuJet (future AirTran Airways), and production ceased in 2006 after the construction of 156 aircraft (the last being delivered in May also to AirTran). -100 and -300 versions were considered and then abandoned, with a VIP (Business Express) version being offered in 2003. Today, the 717 remains in service with QantasLink, Delta Airlines, and Hawaiian Airlines, the latter two having already announced his next replacement.

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