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Volotea Inaugural And The CRK: SXB-NTE-LYS-SXB  
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 675 posts, RR: 21
Posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10652 times:

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Bonjour et bienvenu...

...to a trip report about a day flying around France.

Introduction and Planning

April 5th this year marked the beginning of service of a new budget airline in Europe with the, err, interesting name of Volotea. With its first base in VCE (later they added bases in Nantes and Ibiza), they started to fly to mostly small or medium sized airports throughout Europe. Now two things made this airline particularly interesting for me. First they operate a rather rare plane type with the Boeing 717, a type which is still missing in my log and one I wanted to fly for some time now. And second they also have some routes from Strasbourg (SXB), one of my secondary home airports. SXB could definitely use some competition from an LCC, since fares are usually quite high from that airport.

A new airline and a new plane type, what can make it even better? Right, to get on an inaugural flight with them. After checking all the opportunities I booked myself on their first flight from SXB to Nantes, the fare was 29 Euro. This flight would leave at a convenient time in the morning, so there were plenty of possibilities to get back to SXB and to catch some other interesting flights on the same day. Options included a direct flight with AF or a connection through one of the Parisian airports. Both options didn't appeal to me very much though. I searched around a bit more and
finally found a fitting connection via Lyon with Brit Air, another new airline and new airport for me. An added benefit, and of course a most welcomed one, was the fact that both of these flight would be operated by the new CRJ1000! Booked, another 90 Euro left my credit card account and I was all set for the day.

Triangle à la francaise:

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Map generated by the Great Circle Mapper - copyright © Karl L. Swartz.

A few words about the booking process with Volotea. Booking the flight was quite straightforward, no stupid offerings of hotels, cars, dishwashers or things like that. Quite hefty in my opinion was the 15,- Euro credit card fee though (only avoidable with some special debit card). When it comes to seat selection you can have the system select you a (probably crappy) seat for free, or you can select either a standard, a preferred or an extra seat for 3, 6 or 7.5 Euro respectively. Extra seats are the one with extra legroom like first and exit rows, but also some window seats up front. Preferred seats are some seats on the two seat side of the plane, while the standard seats are on the three seater side, both the aisle and window seats, but only in the back of the plane. Actually I found that a little bit confusing. Anyway I decided to pay the extra 3 Euro for the standard window seat 20F. Had I known about the low load beforehand I could have saved this.

Flight 1 (11.09.2012)
SXB-NTE (V7 2123)
B717 (EI-EWI)
Seat 7F
scheduled 08:45 – 10:15
actual 08:47 – 10:06

Alright then, let's fast forward to the big day. SXB is a little more then one hour from my home but with a lot of construction work going on at the autobahn these days I allowed myself some extra time. But as usual when having extra time everything goes smoothly and I arrived at the airport with a lot of time to spare. The landside front of SXB:

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My flight was already on the screen, note that the AF flight to NTE leaves just 5 minutes after my flight:

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The check-in hall:

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There is not much to do landside here so I went straight through security. The officer there was a bit confused by my printed out boarding pass (online checkin was done the evening before), obviously he has never seen a Volotea printout before. The printout was bilingual (Italian and English, don't know why a Spanish airline uses Italian for a French domestic flight, but then, being international and all, so why not), so he asked me if I am Italian - “No, je suis Allemand!” - “Ah, d'accord, bon vol!” - “Merci”. Everything in a relaxed and friendly manner, so a good start.

Still lot's of time so some breakfast was very welcomed now. Really love freshly baked croissants:

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The waiting area at my gate was still rather deserted:

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Time to watch some of the traffic. Regional just arrived from Lille:

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And an E-170 by the same company (F-HBXI) about to depart to ORY in nice morning light:

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And then my ride from Nantes arrived, here it comes taxing to the parking position. It was EI-EWI, built in 2003, first flying for Midwest Airlines, then a short time for Click Mexicana. It was stored for almost two years before it came back into service for Volotea in May this year:

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Boarding was announced soon thereafter, a few people have arrived at the gate in the meantime, but it was obvious that the load would be quite low. I made my way to the exit and showed my printed boarding pass. The lady there took it, looked a bit surprised at first (all other passengers seemed to have regular small boarding passes) and asked me to stand aside while she made a quick phone call. I overheard she saying my name a couple of times. Then she took my printout again, scanned it and handed it back to me. She told me (addressing me by my name, nice) that she has to assign me another seat and gave me 7F and finally I was admitted as well. No idea what that was all about but I didn't bother to ask since I was eager to get out and board my first 717.

No mentioning so far about the inaugural flight, but outside the crew was posing for a photo shooting in front of the plane:

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Some officials and a TV camera were also around:

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Filming the handful of passengers while they board the plane:

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Isn't she a beauty:

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Once I stepped on board I was greeted by a friendly FA and made my way to my seat. First impression of the cabin was good, spotless clean, nice slimline leather seats with different colored headrest covers. Looked quite pleasant. The view of the forward part of the cabin:

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It looks like a healthy load from this point, but behind me the whole cabin was almost completely empty. I counted a total of around 30 passengers on board. The thing I was most interested in was the seat pitch. After all the founders of Volotea were also responsible for Vueling some time ago, an airline not exactly known for generous legroom. However I was pleasantly surprised:

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Adequate space and the seat was quite comfortable, maybe just a little hard, but that wasn't a big problem. No seat pockets though and the safety card was printed neatly on the seat ahead of you.

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Seat recline was possible, and the view towards the row behind me:

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After a short welcome in French and English from the cabin crew the engines were started and we began our taxiing almost on time. Next to us was this Brit Air CRK, a sign for things to come later this day:

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Lining up on runway 23:

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The pilot flying performed a powerful rolling take-off. The old military part of the airport:

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A small Alsatian village shortly after departure:

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This region is also famous for its vineyards:

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It was mostly cloudy the rest of the flight though, so no more enroute views to the ground:

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Two females (young and blonde, Markus would have liked it   ) and one male flight attendant on this flight. There were somewhat friendly, but not overwhelmingly so. Menu cards were distributed then:



Offers were the usual snacks and sandwich thingies, prices were not that cheap, but in my opinion still acceptable for buy on board:



For the sake of this report I ordered myself a chicken sandwich (life as a trip reporter is hard sometimes   ) :

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Good to know that it was halal. But more importantly it was fresh and the taste was ok.

A short announcement then was made by the Captain in English with quite a heavy accent. The route was via Paris direct to Nantes, where the weather was 16 degrees and cloudy. No flight level info.

During descent we had some good views through some holes in the clouds over the city of Nantes:

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The cathedral:

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The river Loire:

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Some colorful houses down there:

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Getting closer to the ground:

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And touching down on runway 21 after a flight time of 1 hour and 10 minutes. The windows got very misty after the landing so no pictures during our taxiing to the gate. Deboarding was fast with the low load, outside to the apron and a short walk to the terminal. I took another picture of the colorful tail of our Boeing:



Aéroport Nantes Atlantique

No obvious way for transferring passengers, but with a lot of time on hand I wanted to go landside anyway. The first impression of the airport main terminal hall isn't really pleasant:

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A view to the monitors, 'porte 65' for my next flight:

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The outside view, also not the most beautiful building:

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Only a short walk around the buildings however there is a nice spotter location, with some good views and pretty close to the action. And actually NTE sees some rather interesting traffic, like this Air Austral B777, which has just arrived minutes before after a long flight from RUN and a short stop in LYS:

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Or a classic A310 from air transat, being prepared for a flight to Toronto:

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Air Mediterranee A321:

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From BCN, famous for its legroom:

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Aigle Azur currently being pushed back for a flight to a probably warmer place:

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Starting its engines:

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And blasting off:

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It had started to rain a little in the meantime so I headed back into the terminal. Even there, still landside, you can have some interesting views. A Cityjet Fokker 50, a plane type still missing from my log:

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The airport also some nicer corners with even a little green:



Feeling a bit hungry now I had a 'Croque Monsieur' at a small bar:

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And yeah, that's indeed a Heineken I had with it (France is one of the very few countries where the local brew is even worse   ).

Flight 2 (11.09.2012)
NTE-LYS (AF 5862, operated by Brit Air)
CRJ1000 (F-HMLC)
Seat 10A
scheduled 13:10 – 14:20
actual 13:10 – 14:07

The gate for my next flight was in hall 4, a small terminal annex connected with a short walkway to the main building. Through security there and into the waiting hall. Good to know it is already 14:41 at La Réunion:

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The Volotea 717 in which I arrived was still parked at its position where I left it in the morning. I wonder how they can make any profit if they have their planes standing around so long?

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Boarding was then called. Our plane was waiting outside, it is looong:

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… and it has a pointy nose, so yes, it is indeed a CRJ1000, the second new plane type for me on this day   :

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It was F-HMLC, the second CRJ1000 for Brit Air, delivered in January 2011, one of 13 planes of this type in the fleet.

Online checkin worked without problems the night before and I had selected seat 10A. Legroom was ok here:

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Cabin view during boarding, load was around 80%, with a free seat next to me, yeah:

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In the seat pocket, some 'Consignes de Securité':



And the Air France magazine:



Sister ship F-HLMI was parked next to us, hmm, something is wrong with the Brit Air logo here:

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Engines were started exactly on time. Obviously the wind had changed in the meantime, which meant a rather long taxi to the now active runway 03. Bye bye NTE:

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The tower with a little Beech in front:



And hey, what is this? Yep, it is a Super Constellation, unfortunately no longer flying:

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After a short wait at the runway it was our turn for take-off:

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The Loire again, only a short way before it flows into the Atlantic:

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And another view of Nantes before we were engulfed by the clouds again:

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Two males as cabin crew on this flight, and they didn't seem to be too happy about it. They did their job, but nothing more, almost no interaction with the passengers, and no smiles at all. They distributed some snacks, sweet or salty as usual, together with coffee/tea or soft drinks. I had some tasty pesto crackers with an OJ:

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Outside some massive clouds were visible, looks like some thunderstorms were forming:

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But closer to LYS it cleared up, the visibility was still rather hazy though:

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This one was taken already on finals, crossing the Rhone river:

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Bugey Nuclear Power Plant in the distance, it is France after all:

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And a highway under construction:

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Landing then on runway 18R after a flight time of 55 minutes followed by some really heavy braking. Looks like the pilot definitely wanted to make the first taxiway. The first view of the terminal:

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And the nose of the plane again after deplaning and a somewhat reluctant 'au revoir' by the FA:





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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 675 posts, RR: 21
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 10688 times:


Flight 3 (11.09.2012)
LYS-SXB (AF 5780)
CRJ1000 (F-HMLA)
Seat 22A
scheduled 15:40 – 16:40
actual 15:38 – 16:42

Inside the terminal building as usual the first thing to do is to check the status for the next flight, everything looks good for Strasbourg:

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Now this is one strange looking lion here:



I stayed airside this time and just walked around a bit in the building which looks certainly nicer than the airport in NTE:

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But with not much to do I settled down in a quiet corner for a while and read in my book and just relaxed. On the way back to the gate later I spotted some more CRJs outside and thought to myself, hey, wouldn't it be cool to fly on that bird with the original Brit Air livery?

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/v7/tr1204_075.jpg

But first I spotted this albino here, an ATR42 by Airlinair, the airline with probably the most uncreative name out there:

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/v7/tr1204_076.jpg

It was rather busy in the gate area with a couple of flights departing around the same time. Then boarding was called for my flight and what did I see outside? Yes, we are indeed about to fly with this beautiful plane   :

http://www.mcroth.de/tr/v7/tr1204_077.jpg

It was F-HMLA. After flying on Brit Air's second CRJ1000 earlier, now I am going to fly on the first one, delivered in December 2010. This time I had selected a seat further in the back of the plane, but was a little disappointed after I saw that the windows are totally misaligned with the seats. It was really hard to get some views outside and to take pictures. Seems always to be a hit or miss with the windows on the CRJ.



Cabin view after boarding was completed, again a rather good low, but again a free seat next to me:

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Pushback was even a few minutes early and we taxied to runway 18R, but we didn't need the whole runway, 3000 of the 4000 meters should be sufficient today:

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The parallel runway right after take-off:

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Overview of the airport during our turn to the North-East:

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Again into the clouds soon thereafter. And it was cloudy all the way up to SXB, actually we were in the soup almost the whole flight, I never saw any blue sky. This also meant quite a few turbulences, nothing serious, but still enough to keep the seatbelt sign on almost the whole time. The crew this time, two rather senior females, was much better than the one on the last flight. It wasn't easy for them with the turbulences and the short flight time, but they managed to distributed snacks and drinks for everyone, collected the trash afterwards, and all in a very relaxed way and always friendly and with a smile towards the passengers, that's how it should be. Again there was a choice of sweet or salty, again I took the salty one:

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That's how it looked outside for most of the time:

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Needless to say that the approach was also rather spectacular and bumpy in that kind of weather. Constantly zipping in and out of the clouds, but I still managed to take some pictures, like this one with the Rhine river in the background:

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To my delight we came in from the North, which meant an approach over the city of Strasbourg. The European Parliament:

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The city center with the cathedral:

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Closer to the airport, still over the city:

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Landing then was on runway 23 after a flight time of 50 minutes in heavy rain. We parked at the apron which was quite empty with the exception of an XL airways Boeing:

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This time the 'au revoir' was a lot more cheerful. I hurried quickly into the waiting bus which brought me back into the terminal of SXB. I waited a little for the rain to diminish before I went out to my car. Then I managed to get right into the rush hour around Strasbourg, so this was my view for the next half hour or so:

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But no big deal, I eventually got back home and celebrated the successful trip with a cold good German beer. Prost!

Conclusion

The main purpose of the trip of course was to check out Volotea. And I must say that I was pleasantly surprised (actually my expectations weren't high, but still). They are basically your standard no-frills budget carrier, but with a relatively comfortable seatpitch and with an interesting fleet of Boeing 717s. Crew and service on board were nothing special, but adequate. I would certainly fly them again if fare and schedule are suitable.

The flights with Brit Air were ok as well. One rather unfriendly crew, one very nice crew, so that kind of levels it out. Nice to get a small snack on a domestic flight. The CRJ1000 was certainly nice, especially to get the one with the Brit Air livery, but I really disliked the misaligned windows on some rows. So the E-190 still remains my favorite regional jet.

For my personal flight log this trip was a real treat. An inaugural flight, two new airlines, two new airports and two new plane types. And all in just one day!

That's it, folks. Hope you enjoyed reading my report and of course do not hesitate to leave a question or a comment here, it will be greatly appreciated  

CaptainRed


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 10572 times:

Hay Captain!

Neat report and an enjoyable read. Very interesting to see a report on Volotea, I'm surprised we haven't seen a report on them earlier.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Isn't she a beauty:

Indeed. Love the DC-9 series.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Next to us was this Brit Air CRK, a sign for things to come later this day:

Glad to see you flew two very interesting T-tails!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
From BCN, famous for its legroom:

Or rather infamous for the lack of it!  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
To my delight we came in from the North, which meant an approach over the city of Strasbourg. The European Parliament:

Glad to see it, I was there for a School project last year.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The city center with the cathedral:

The city center was very beautiful, I was only there for a few hours but I liked what I saw!

Martin


User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 10545 times:

Hello CaptainRed

Great report, good to finally read something about Volotea.

So the fare was EUR 29 + card fee EUR 15? I think this fee is outrageous. But I guess we'll have to get used to such things, increasingly on mainline carriers, too.

The 717 interior looks new and fresh.

Best regards, LXM83


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1084 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 10461 times:

Greetings CR.

Many thanks for this very interesting report on an airline that I think everyone is quite interested to know about.

Things seemed great and the interior was fresher than anything I could predict. Also... 3.5EUR for a beer seems really reasonable (IIRC FR is5 or 6 EUR). Liked the look of the seats.

I wondered if they had put you towards the front incase there were publicity photos and they wanted a portion of the a/c to look full. But that didn't seem the case.

I particularly liked the livery of both Volotea... and particularly BritAir! Is that a celtic design or something?

Anyway... thanks for posting.

rgds

Luke



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1110 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 10277 times:
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Hi CaptainRed!

It''s great to finally see a report on Volotea, congrats on the first one!
Am also pleasantly surprised about them after seeing this report, they look quite nice. Might trying them after my JFK-VCE flight in January!
Anyway a very nice report on this great day for you. An inaugural flight, two new airlines, two new airports and two new plane types is very nice, congrats!
You sure got some nice views of Nantes and Strasbourg, too bad about the weather though!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I booked myself on their first flight from SXB to Nantes, the fare was 29 Euro.

Thats a very nice price

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Quite hefty in my opinion was the 15,- Euro credit card fee though

wow, that is quite a lot for a CC fee. Was surprised that LH now charge 6EUR when booking a flight while using your CC

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The landside front of SXB:

Doesn''t quite look like a terminal too me

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Isn't she a beauty

Looks great, too bad about the livery though

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And actually NTE sees some rather interesting traffic, like this Air Austral B777
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Or a classic A310 from air transat, being prepared for a flight to Toronto:

Wasn't expecting to see those at NTE, very nice

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
From BCN, famous for its legroom

ugh, never again!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I wonder how they can make any profit if they have their planes standing around so long?

And with such light loads too

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
an ATR42 by Airlinair, the airline with probably the most uncreative name out there:

and most ugly livery on one of their ATRs!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Yes, we are indeed about to fly with this beautiful plane :

Very nice to be able to catch this livery

Take care,

Brendan


User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2358 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 9926 times:

Hi, I just completed a trip on the Italian version, from Brindisi to Venice and I would like to share my experience with you...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
When it comes to seat selection you can have the system select you a (probably crappy) seat for free, or you can select either a standard, a preferred or an extra seat for 3, 6 or 7.5 Euro respectively.

What I found nice, the crew on my flight enforced the pre-paid seating... Passengers allocated to a "Standard"-seat were not allowed to change to an "Extra Seat". The crew: "Sorry, but it is not fair in respect of other passengers who have paid extra-next time you can choose and pay for these seat!". Anyway, the Senior Crew was from Spain- and after knowing my habits for flying, I was allowed to test these seats...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
No seat pockets though and the safety card was printed neatly on the seat ahead of you.

Very Strange- our Italian based a/c had real safety cards- unfortunately no seat pockets as well. It looked a bit unprofessional to have a safety card on every single seat- some used to sit on it other just used it as fan.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Two females (young and blonde, Markus would have liked it   ) and one male flight attendant on this flight. There were somewhat friendly, but not overwhelmingly so

French crew? The Italian domestic crew was from Spain, based in Venice plus one Italian. I have heard V7 is paying very low wages (at least in Italy), so that's the reason why no Italian seems to apply for a job. After Spain airline failures (like JK), the Spaniards are more than happy to find a new employment... Unfortunately, the Spanish staff had problem to speak and understan Italian.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
For the sake of this report I ordered myself a chicken sandwich

You paid cash? In Italy payment was only allowed with credit card- a nightmare! A very stupid system, to pay a coffee for 2€ with your credit card...


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9850 times:

Hi CaptainRed!

Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures !

It seems like a great day with new airlines, airports and aircraft types !

V7 looks very good and the fare is very cheap. I hope they can survive with fares that low.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And yeah, that's indeed a Heineken I had with it (France is one of the very few countries where the local brew is even worse   ).

There are several great French beers like 1664 and Kronenbourg both which are much better than Heineken.

Any inaugural festivities in SXB for your flight ?

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlinerogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1194 posts, RR: 20
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 9812 times:

Hola CaptainRed!

Nice to read a report on this new airline; I had a look at their website and they are pretty well present in France and around on local airports, I have been looking at their schedules and they seem to offer good options on seasonal flights to MAH, PMI and ZAZ among other airports nearby.

Their logo is really different, it reminds me of some sort of napkin or tablecloth... interesting anyway.

The interiors look fresh and crisp and the legroom, for the time being, seem adequate.

A good triangle you flew and thanks for sharing it with us.

Salut!

Roger



"At reise er at leve" H.C. Andersen (Travelling is Living)
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 675 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9789 times:

Hello, thanks a lot for all these comments already.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Neat report and an enjoyable read. Very interesting to see a report on Volotea, I'm surprised we haven't seen a report on them earlier.

Hi Martin, thank you. well, someone must be the first   ...

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Indeed. Love the DC-9 series.

Agreed, much more interesting than the usual 737s and A320s around.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Glad to see it, I was there for a School project last year.

Cool, must have been interesting for sure.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
The city center was very beautiful, I was only there for a few hours but I liked what I saw!

Indeed, Strasbourg is certainly a great city. A little touristy here and there, but there are many beautiful and interesting corners with lots to see and do.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 3):
Great report, good to finally read something about Volotea.

Hi LXM83, thank you, glad you liked it.

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 3):
So the fare was EUR 29 + card fee EUR 15? I think this fee is outrageous.

Yes, indeed, the card fee came on top of the 29 Euro. Agree with you that this is outrageous. Well, in the meantime I received an mail from Volotea with a link to an online survey. I have filled it out and told them my honest opinion about this fee. Though I doubt that it will change anything.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 4):
Things seemed great and the interior was fresher than anything I could predict. Also... 3.5EUR for a beer seems really reasonable (IIRC FR is5 or 6 EUR). Liked the look of the seats.

Hi Luke, thanks a lot for your reply. Agree with you, the prices are indeed reasonable, still high, but far away from the rip-off prices some other airlines charge.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 4):
I wondered if they had put you towards the front incase there were publicity photos and they wanted a portion of the a/c to look full. But that didn't seem the case.

Don't think so, there were no photos done inside the cabin. My guess is that they wanted the passengers seat together to make the service easier for them.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 4):
I particularly liked the livery of both Volotea... and particularly BritAir! Is that a celtic design or something?

Well, I am not yet sure if I like the Volotea livery or not. But agree with you on the Brit Air one, looks really stylish. Don't know if it is celtic, but it certainly looks like that with that logo.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 5):
It''s great to finally see a report on Volotea, congrats on the first one!

Hi Brendan, thanks. And yes, try them as well if you have the opportunity.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 5):
An inaugural flight, two new airlines, two new airports and two new plane types is very nice, congrats!

Thanks again, yeah, that was quite a successful day.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 5):
Thats a very nice price

Yes, though together with the card fee it was a bit higher, but still acceptable.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 5):
Wasn't expecting to see those at NTE, very nice

Me neither, was a nice surprise.

Quoting debonair (Reply 6):
Hi, I just completed a trip on the Italian version, from Brindisi to Venice and I would like to share my experience with you...

Hi debonair, thanks for your reply and good to read that you flew with them as well.

Quoting debonair (Reply 6):
What I found nice, the crew on my flight enforced the pre-paid seating...

That's indeed nice, if they such a system with different seats they should also enforce it. So the load on your flight was higher?

Quoting debonair (Reply 6):
It looked a bit unprofessional to have a safety card on every single seat- some used to sit on it other just used it as fan.

That's indeed unprofessional. I think I would have just put the card on the floor then.

Quoting debonair (Reply 6):
French crew?

Not sure, as far as I can tell the cabin crew spoke very good French, so they were probably from France. The Captain's accent sounded more Spanish, but again, I am not sure about it.

Quoting debonair (Reply 6):
You paid cash? In Italy payment was only allowed with credit card- a nightmare!

Paid with card, credit card payment only on board. Actually I find that system not too bad, it is much easier than to fiddle around with cash and change.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Thanks for a nice report with nice pictures !
It seems like a great day with new airlines, airports and aircraft types !

Hi 777Man, thanks a lot, and yes, it was indeed a great day.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
V7 looks very good and the fare is very cheap. I hope they can survive with fares that low.

That was a good fare, but it seems these 29,- fares are the lowest they offer. I hope as well they survive, also given the very low load on my flight.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
There are several great French beers like 1664 and Kronenbourg both which are much better than Heineken.

Well, 1664 is somewhat ok, but they didn't offer that in NTE. I really don't like Kronenbourg though.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
Any inaugural festivities in SXB for your flight ?

No, besides that photo posing in front of the plane and that TV camera there was no sign at all of the special nature of this flight. Also no one from the crew mentioned it on board.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 9757 times:

Hi captain!

good to see Volotea here. Congrats on logging this as first tripreporter.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I booked myself on their first flight from SXB to Nantes

Nice to be on that inaugural! No cake though  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
these flight would be operated by the new CRJ1000

Another nice score! Still need it...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
B717 (EI-EWI)

Hah, not an OH-registered 717 in this report.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And an E-170 by the same company (F-HBXI) about to depart to ORY in nice morning light:

I think these E170's even operate NTE-AMS these days, I saw one on approach before...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Then she took my printout again, scanned it and handed it back to me. She told me (addressing me by my name, nice) that she has to assign me another seat and gave me 7F and finally I was admitted as well. No idea what that was all about but I didn't bother to ask since I was eager to get out and board my first 717.

Not good... you paid for that seat. So relocating should only be done but then refund the money paid for the seat.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
the safety card was printed neatly on the seat ahead of you

Much better looking then the Ryanair examples

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And yeah, that's indeed a Heineken I had with it (France is one of the very few countries where the local brew is even worse

You are right... Heineken is definitely not the best one.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Then I managed to get right into the rush hour around Strasbourg, so this was my view for the next half hour or so:

Driving a car and rain... always guarantees for slow traffic.

Quoting debonair (Reply 6):
The crew: "Sorry, but it is not fair in respect of other passengers who have paid extra-next time you can choose and pay for these seat!". Anyway, the Senior Crew was from Spain- and after knowing my habits for flying, I was allowed to test these seats...

Hmm, I'm quite shocked to see you insisted in keeping that seat without paying for it at first, and after crew tells you to move on to your original seat. After all, it's unfair.
If I was on your flight and paid for that seat, I'm sure we would end up in a discussion and you either move or the airline gives my money back. Because, it's unfair indeed.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 7):
There are several great French beers like 1664 and Kronenbourg both which are much better than Heineken.

  So true!

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 909 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 6 days ago) and read 9731 times:

Great report, thanks for sharing. Nice to read about Volotea!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
SXB could definitely use some competition from an LCC, since fares are usually quite high from that airport

I noticed Volotea's fare on their ads when I was travelling trough France this summer. Pretty cheap.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I searched around a bit more and
finally found a fitting connection via Lyon with Brit Air, another new airline and new airport for me

It's amazing what kind of interesting connections you can find with AF, for often the same or just a little more. The other day I looked for a CDG-MRS flight, direct would have been to easy, but I could connect trough almost every airport that had both service to CDG and MRS.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The landside front of SXB

Just had a horrible schedule change that is going to make me miss SXB, so thanks for these pictures.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
During descent we had some good views through some holes in the clouds over the city of Nantes:

Mental note for my flight to NTE in two months, be seated on the right side. Great view!


User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1576 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 9636 times:
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Hi there El Capitan!

Thanks for this most interesting premiere report on Volotea. This airline seems to be a breath of fresh air: the cabin looks really good. Good to see you scored some CRK's as well, that special livery is way beyond nice.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
with the, err, interesting name of Volotea.

This name always reminds of Dorothea, the girl from the Wizard of Oz  

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
the fact that both of these flight would be operated by the new CRJ1000!

Woohoow, I love those long and sleek regional planes.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
When it comes to seat selection you can have the system select you a (probably crappy) seat for free, or you can select either a standard, a preferred or an extra seat for 3, 6 or 7.5 Euro respectively. Extra seats are the one with extra legroom like first and exit rows, but also some window seats up front. Preferred seats are some seats on the two seat side of the plane, while the standard seats are on the three seater side, both the aisle and window seats, but only in the back of the plane.

That seems like a complicated process to select your seat, no? Looks about the same as with Vueling for example.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Really love freshly baked croissants

Me too, and you are in the right country for that!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
she has to assign me another seat and gave me 7F

Huh, why was that? So was this seat then a more expensive one?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
No seat pockets though and the safety card was printed neatly on the seat ahead of you.

A clever idea that is actually. Saves on weight, it's a job well done (not like those ugly stickers on FR...) and for the passengers it means extra legroom.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And actually NTE sees some rather interesting traffic, like this Air Austral B777, which has just arrived minutes before after a long flight from RUN and a short stop in LYS:

Nice catch. I have an Air Austral DVD from JustPlanes, featuring a flight from RUN to MRS and onwards TLS. Some weird domestic runs, unfortunately not bookable...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Yes, we are indeed about to fly with this beautiful plane

Bonus points for you!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2358 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9469 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Hmm, I'm quite shocked to see you insisted in keeping that seat without paying for it at first, and after crew tells you to move on to your original seat.

Sorry, just to clarify -my English seems not to be the best- other people asked for the extra legroom seats and were told off. I just politely asked the crew, if I could change to a "Extra Seat" to see the difference and the senior crew allowed me to test it...

But back to the topic.


User currently onlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5011 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9454 times:

Servus M.,

that´s what I call a succesfull day of flying around.
Well done, also the pictures and story.
Some citypics and also these airliner you saw at NTE, missing from you´re log, is coming up soon here.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

Two females (young and blonde, Markus would have liked it

Hey, I should fly Volotea also soon!.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):

For the sake of this report I ordered myself a chicken sandwich (life as a trip reporter is hard sometimes

Oh, yes, I know.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Is there something new for the new countries?.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 9341 times:

Hello Captain

Great trip report, thanks! I did not know of the existance of Volotea yet.
They seem to be a good carrier, a decent BOB and being able to fly the 717 is a plus as well.
AF CRK looks comfortable, too bad about the NTE-LYS crew being off.
Suprised too see the widebody action in NTE. Any idea if UU sells tickets on the LYS-NTE sector as well?

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6403 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9301 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Any idea if UU sells tickets on the LYS-NTE sector as well?

Hi Marc !

No, they do not as already mentioned in the report.

The777Man

[Edited 2012-09-16 01:51:02]


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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 675 posts, RR: 21
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 9251 times:

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 8):
Nice to read a report on this new airline; I had a look at their website and they are pretty well present in France and around on local airports, I have been looking at their schedules and they seem to offer good options on seasonal flights to MAH, PMI and ZAZ among other airports nearby.

Hola Roger, thanks for your reply. And yeah, they have quite a few interesting routes to try. So are we soon reading a report from you on them   ?

Quoting rogerbcn (Reply 8):
Their logo is really different, it reminds me of some sort of napkin or tablecloth... interesting anyway.

Exactly, that was also my first association after I saw it. Like a tablecloth in one traditional old German restaurant.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
good to see Volotea here. Congrats on logging this as first tripreporter.

Hi Eric, thank you.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Nice to be on that inaugural! No cake though

Nope, no cake unfortunately. Not that I was expecting any, it is a budget carrier after all.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Not good... you paid for that seat. So relocating should only be done but then refund the money paid for the seat.

Well, in that case they relocated me to a more expensive seat. And it was a window seat as well, so that was ok for me. I would have complained if they had me relocated on an aisle or middle seat though.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 10):
Much better looking then the Ryanair examples

Indeed. Though let's see how it looks after a few years when the paint starts to peel off or got scratched off by bored passengers.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Great report, thanks for sharing. Nice to read about Volotea!

Hi Robert, thanks a lot.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
I noticed Volotea's fare on their ads when I was travelling trough France this summer. Pretty cheap.

They have some good offers, though like with other airlines you also have to be a bit lucky to find these.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
It's amazing what kind of interesting connections you can find with AF, for often the same or just a little more. The other day I looked for a CDG-MRS flight, direct would have been to easy, but I could connect trough almost every airport that had both service to CDG and MRS.

That's true. Some years ago there was only the option to fly through Paris (or direct from or to Paris). Nowadays you can find much more interesting connections. I could have also connected through Lille, would have been interesting as well. But in the end I settled for the CRK flight.

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 11):
Mental note for my flight to NTE in two months, be seated on the right side. Great view!

Indeed, just hope for the wind to blow from the right direction then.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Thanks for this most interesting premiere report on Volotea. This airline seems to be a breath of fresh air: the cabin looks really good.

Hi Nils, thanks a lot, glad you liked it. And indeed, also liked the Volotea cabin.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Good to see you scored some CRK's as well, that special livery is way beyond nice.

Yes, that special livery was a nice plus point.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
That seems like a complicated process to select your seat, no? Looks about the same as with Vueling for example.

Indeed, was a bit confusing. Also not understandable why seats on the left side should be more expensive then seats on the right.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Me too, and you are in the right country for that!

Yeah, noone can do croissants like the French.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Huh, why was that? So was this seat then a more expensive one?

It was a more expensive one, yes. But no idea why. Probably they wanted all the passengers somewhat grouped together for easier service.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 12):
Nice catch. I have an Air Austral DVD from JustPlanes, featuring a flight from RUN to MRS and onwards TLS. Some weird domestic runs, unfortunately not bookable...

Unfortunately, indeed. Would have been great to fly this route in their 777.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
that´s what I call a succesfull day of flying around.
Well done, also the pictures and story.

Hey Markus, thanks a lot.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
Some citypics and also these airliner you saw at NTE, missing from you´re log, is coming up soon here.

Cool, looking forward to read about it.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Great trip report, thanks!

Hi Marc, thanks a lot for your reply.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
They seem to be a good carrier, a decent BOB and being able to fly the 717 is a plus as well.

Definitely, first impression on them was quite ok. And the 717 is for sure an interesting plane.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 15):
Suprised too see the widebody action in NTE. Any idea if UU sells tickets on the LYS-NTE sector as well?

Nope, unfortunately not.

CaptainRed


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 9143 times:

Aye cap,

Good to see a report about Volotea and even an inaugural one. Very nice work, thanks for posting it!

Volotea looks like your average low cost carrier with a somewhat interesting and different fleet and some really oddball routes. I just can't get over that horrible livery and name - I mean who the heck came up with that name? It sounds so stupid, at least to a Finn.

Oh and congratulations on catching BritAir & the CRK too, I'm kinda envious about this since you know what happened to my attempt to log the type and carrier in May and in SXB too! Oh well, I'm now booked to try again with the CRK in December, although this time with Air Nostrum.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
First they operate a rather rare plane type with the Boeing 717,

Well, rare for some, bread'n'butter for some of us  
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Booked, another 90 Euro left my credit card account and I was all set for the day.

Well, lucky you to be able to still construct these very interesting day trips for a very reasonable amount of money, under 150 EUR. Wish I lived in Central Europe, these days it is hard to do anything exciting up here without spending at least double that. Sure there are a lot of cheap flights available, but just how many cheap flights to ARN on the same boring old airlines and plane types (yes, even the 717 gets boring after a while) can a man handle (hint: I've done more than 30).

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Quite hefty in my opinion was the 15,- Euro credit card fee though (only avoidable with some special debit card).

Wow, that is highway robbery. But as noted, everyone is indeed moving towards this, bugger.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Actually I found that a little bit confusing.

I really didn't understand anything about your explanation of it!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But as usual when having extra time everything goes smoothly and I arrived at the airport with a lot of time to spare.

Being too early is still a far, far better position than being late!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The waiting area at my gate was still rather deserted:

Hah, the upstairs is just like I remember it - completely empty.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And an E-170 by the same company (F-HBXI) about to depart to ORY in nice morning light:

Ahh, still some fond memories of my flight with them on the same plane type and route.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The lady there took it, looked a bit surprised at first (all other passengers seemed to have regular small boarding passes) and asked me to stand aside while she made a quick phone call.

This happens to me quite often, especially with new services out of small regional airports. People there aren't exactly used to things like OLCI so self printed boarding passes always confuse the bejesus out of them.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Some officials and a TV camera were also around:

So did you make the French TV? I've had my picture in a couple of Finnish papers after attending various inaugural flights.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
After all the founders of Volotea were also responsible for Vueling some time ago, an airline not exactly known for generous legroom. However I was pleasantly surprised:

Doesn't look too bad...

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
No seat pockets though and the safety card was printed neatly on the seat ahead of you.

...however I seriously hate this! This is the single worst thing about Ryanair and it is so sad to see V7 continuing with the trend. I travel with a lot of crap and I need many of my items on hand during a flight so I definitely need a seat pocket. On a normal seat it isn't that bad since you have you bag under the seat in front of you, but with Ryanair you definitely want an exit row and then it starts getting complicated. Once I thought I had came up with the perfect solution - I took a small plastic bag with me where I stuffed my logbook, notebook, spare camera batteries, wallet, book, bottle of water etc. but unfortunately it didn't occur to me to hide it so an overeager Ryanair FA spotted it and forced me to put it into the overhead.

Actually the best flight with Ryanair I ever had was on an older plane which still had the old cloth seats that had seat pockets. Exit row + pocket = bliss.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Offers were the usual snacks and sandwich thingies, prices were not that cheap, but in my opinion still acceptable for buy on board:

Those prices are great. Especially for drinks, 3 EUR for a beer (even though it is Heineken) is a good price, at least for someone used to the Ezy/Ryan/Finnair etc. BOB prices. Heck, even BT charges more than that these days (but at least you get a half a liter and the special brew is lovely!).

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Good to know that it was halal. But more importantly it was fresh and the taste was ok.

Looks a bit too dry, mayo, please!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I took another picture of the colorful tail of our Boeing:

Ugh, it still reminds me of those Lidl yogurts.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Air Mediterranee A321:

Now this is a lovely tail. Reminds me of the logo for Wehrmacht's Afrika Korps. Stylish and classy.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Aigle Azur currently being pushed back for a flight to a probably warmer place:

I really need to catch a flight with them, I've been watching their places at various airports in France and always been fascinated by them!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
IA Cityjet Fokker 50, a plane type still missing from my log:

You know if you'd flown back via ORY you could've logged both this and a BritAir CRK at one go...

But I still can't believe you've never flown one. With the type so ubiquitous with BT they are dime a dozen for me.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And yeah, that's indeed a Heineken I had with it (France is one of the very few countries where the local brew is even worse   ).

Hey, 1664 and especially Pelikan aren't bad at all!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The tower with a little Beech in front:

Very interesting to see an earlier model Beech without the winglets. All the ones I've seen "in the flesh" have been the D-models.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Bugey Nuclear Power Plant in the distance, it is France after all:

They may be socialists, eat some really dodgy things and be disorganized as hell but there's still something good about the French!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
I stayed airside this time and just walked around a bit in the building which looks certainly nicer than the airport in NTE:

I've never departed from LYS and only flown in once with easyJet. The Ezy terminal, needless to say, wasn't this nice.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
But first I spotted this albino here, an ATR42 by Airlinair, the airline with probably the most uncreative name out there:

Err what's so uncreative about it? I find it quite a nice name. If you think about uncreative names how about something with the carrier's home country in it like "Air France", "British Airways", "American Airlines", "Air Finland" - now THOSE are the definition of uncreativity!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
but I really disliked the misaligned windows on some rows. So the E-190 still remains my favorite regional jet.

What? Pretty much any E-jet I've flown has had more or less misaligned windows, resulting in a sore neck after a flight with the type. I also dislike the CRJ-100/200 since their windows lie so low that you get a sore back trying to look out. The -700 onwards are okay.


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2757 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 9110 times:

Hey, thanks for the V7 TR! I'm curious about this little airline, they seem quite random. Was in NTE just over a week ago meself & noticed they have a lot of branding there, I was kind of surprised. Was very nice to see the 717 @ NTE, it is indeed a random little airport, with the UU 777s & TS A310s!

Cheers
Aoife



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 9090 times:

Bonsoir Captain,

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
the fare was 29 Euro

That’s a steal!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
the new CRJ1000!

Still missing in my log.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Triangle à la francaise:

I would say, Menage á trios 


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Had I known about the low load beforehand I could have saved this.

Well, don’t you think the Volotea inaugural still worth the 3 Euros?

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
so he asked me if I am Italian - “No, je suis Allemand!” - “Ah, d'accord, bon vol!” - “Merci”.

Do you speak French as well? Cool!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Really love freshly baked croissants:

And also fluffy pain au chocolat.   


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
She told me (addressing me by my name, nice) that she has to assign me another seat and gave me 7F
Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Isn't she a beauty:

Gorgeous!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The view of the forward part of the cabin:

The seat design is just lovely!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
No seat pockets though and the safety card was printed neatly on the seat ahead of you.

Ryanair style, but this one is definitely more stylish!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
The windows got very misty after the landing so no pictures during our taxiing to the gate.

It reminds me of My Indonesia AirAsia flight to Darwin.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
like this Air Austral B777, which has just arrived minutes before after a long flight from RUN and a short stop in LYS:

Too bad, this service will end next January 17, 2013.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
And yeah, that's indeed a Heineken I had with it

Oh no! Give me the French brew instead!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
Now this is one strange looking lion here:

It looks painful in the head!   


Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 1):
hey, wouldn't it be cool to fly on that bird with the original Brit Air livery?

Sure! I hope you will fly one with Garuda livery.


Merci. Thank you for sharing.

Suryo  



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2430 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 9018 times:

Bonsoir Captain,

I forgot to say in my earlier post that I really enjoyed your Volotea report, a truly A.net premiere!  


Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
She told me (addressing me by my name, nice) that she has to assign me another seat and gave me 7F and finally I was admitted as well.

Hmm, was it due to balance reason?



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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 8979 times:

Nice to read about Volotea. Their hard product looks indeed good.
The business model of this airline was discussed here quite a lot. All were surprised how they could announce some 40-50 routes with that little amount of planes. Well, if you fly the routes only once a week... all were saying they would be massive delays as there is no leeway in their aircraft planning. Next the 717 you saw stay on the ground half a day... very very strange and I wonder if they will last very long to be honest. I wish them well anyway 


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6643 posts, RR: 78
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8869 times:

Hi CaptainRed,

great report about this nice journey - and congratulations on presenting the first Volotea report! Who knows how long this carrier will exist.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Quite hefty in my opinion was the 15,- Euro credit card fee though (only avoidable with some special debit card). When it comes to seat selection you can have the system select you a (probably crappy) seat for free, or you can select either a standard, a preferred or an extra seat for 3, 6 or 7.5 Euro respectively. Extra seats are the one with extra legroom like first and exit rows, but also some window seats up front. Preferred seats are some seats on the two seat side of the plane, while the standard seats are on the three seater side, both the aisle and window seats, but only in the back of the plane. Actually I found that a little bit confusing. Anyway I decided to pay the extra 3 Euro for the standard window seat 20F. Had I known about the low load beforehand I could have saved this.

The seat fees aren't surprising, but 15 Euro for using a credit card? That's a rip-off!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
No seat pockets though and the safety card was printed neatly on the seat ahead of you.

Another annoyance...but it saves costs.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Offers were the usual snacks and sandwich thingies, prices were not that cheap, but in my opinion still acceptable for buy on board:

5 Euro for a sandwich is a lot.

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
For the sake of this report I ordered myself a chicken sandwich (life as a trip reporter is hard sometimes

Well done!

Quoting CaptainRed (Thread starter):
Bugey Nuclear Power Plant in the distance, it is France after all:

  


PH



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User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 675 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 8730 times:

Hi, thanks for all the comments, really appreciate it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Good to see a report about Volotea and even an inaugural one. Very nice work, thanks for posting it!

Hi P., kiitos.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Oh well, I'm now booked to try again with the CRK in December, although this time with Air Nostrum.

Hope it will work out this time.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Well, lucky you to be able to still construct these very interesting day trips for a very reasonable amount of money, under 150 EUR.

Yes, there are still some possibilities here. Though it gets harder and harder to find something interesting for reasonable prices for me as well. At least if you don't want to do Ryanair-only trips.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
I really didn't understand anything about your explanation of it!

Just book a flight with them and you will see   ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
This happens to me quite often, especially with new services out of small regional airports. People there aren't exactly used to things like OLCI so self printed boarding passes always confuse the bejesus out of them.

Well, one should think that OLCI is pretty much standard these days. But obviously not.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
So did you make the French TV? I've had my picture in a couple of Finnish papers after attending various inaugural flights.

Don't know, I should have read the regional Alsace newspaper. Pretty sure it didn't make it in the national news   ...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Looks a bit too dry, mayo, please!

There was some barbecue sauce on it, wasn't dry at all

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
You know if you'd flown back via ORY you could've logged both this and a BritAir CRK at one go...

But I still can't believe you've never flown one. With the type so ubiquitous with BT they are dime a dozen for me.

You are right, don't remember why I didn't take this connection into consideration. Maybe it was too expensive. And then I missed the BT Fokker 50 twice last year after some schedule changes by them, so it is still on my to-fly-list.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Hey, 1664 and especially Pelikan aren't bad at all!

Never tried Pelikan, got to do that one day.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
They may be socialists, eat some really dodgy things and be disorganized as hell but there's still something good about the French!

That pretty much sums it up. All about a country in one sentence  ... Still like that country very much.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Err what's so uncreative about it? I find it quite a nice name. If you think about uncreative names how about something with the carrier's home country in it like "Air France", "British Airways", "American Airlines", "Air Finland" - now THOSE are the definition of uncreativity!

It is just such a generic name. Yes, 'Air France' and the like are not very creative either, but at least you know immediately that it is one countries home carrier. But Airlinair, hmm, don't know. Plus the funny way the French pronounce it.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
What? Pretty much any E-jet I've flown has had more or less misaligned windows, resulting in a sore neck after a flight with the type. I also dislike the CRJ-100/200 since their windows lie so low that you get a sore back trying to look out. The -700 onwards are okay.

Really? Maybe I was just lucky then with my E-190 flights so far (or just plain unlucky with the CRJs). But I had these misaligned windows now on a couple of flights with CRJs, on the -700, on the -900 and now on the -1000 as well. Never been on the 100/200 though.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 19):
Hey, thanks for the V7 TR! I'm curious about this little airline, they seem quite random.

Hey Aoife, thanks a lot for stopping by. Still need to check out your report.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 19):
Was very nice to see the 717 @ NTE, it is indeed a random little airport, with the UU 777s & TS A310s!

Yes, this airport sees quite some interesting traffic.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Bonsoir Captain,

Bonjour Suryo, merci beaucoup   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Still missing in my log.

I am sure you will have the opportunity to fly one.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Well, don’t you think the Volotea inaugural still worth the 3 Euros?

In a way, yes, of course. But then I could have spent these 3 Euros on another beer or so   ...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Do you speak French as well? Cool!

Un peu. Well I live pretty close to the French border here, also have some friends/relatives from French speaking countries.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Too bad, this service will end next January 17, 2013.

That's indeed too bad.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 20):
Sure! I hope you will fly one with Garuda livery.

Oh yeah, I would certainly love to...

Quoting akhmad (Reply 21):
Hmm, was it due to balance reason?

Don't think so. Probably more because they wanted the pax seat together for easier service.

Quoting reifel (Reply 22):
Nice to read about Volotea. Their hard product looks indeed good.

Hi reifel, thanks for your reply. And yes, let's hope they will do well, though I doubt that, too. But let's see.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
great report about this nice journey - and congratulations on presenting the first Volotea report! Who knows how long this carrier will exist.

Hi PH, thanks a lot. And indeed, let's see how they will be doing in the future.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
The seat fees aren't surprising, but 15 Euro for using a credit card? That's a rip-off!

Yes, that's rip-off, unfortunately it gets to be the norm more and more these days. I have filled out an online survey on the Volotea webpage and told them what I think of this fee, but that most likely won't change anything.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 23):
5 Euro for a sandwich is a lot.

It is a bit expensive, but I think it is still reasonable for on board sale.

CaptainRed

[Edited 2012-09-17 10:36:59]

25 Knightsofmalta : Hi there CaptainRed I really enjoyed this report of yours. I'm rather fond of the DC-9 in all her incarnations. It's also interesting to see Strassbou
26 Post contains images Widebodyroga : Hey Captain! It seems like you had a really fun day. New airlines, new routes, inaugural flights, you got the lot! Killing multiple birds with one sto
27 PlaneHunter : Germanwings wants just 3,50 Euro for large and good sandwiches - and they still offer the "Happy Snacks" for 6 Euro and 6,50 Euro, including sandwich
28 Post contains images infodesk : Evening Captain, A very warm welcomed report, expecially as two days after your trip I was flying on AF and also logged the CR-J1000 for the first tim
29 CaptainRed : Hi Wiliam, thanks a lot, glad you enjoyed my report. And yes, you should get a flight from SXB once, it is a nice little airport. Indeed, a table clo
30 gabrielchew : Hey Captain Red! Nice report! I was thinking about taking a flight with Volotea, and yours is the only report. They seem like a resonable airline. Nic
31 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi Gabriel, thanks a lot. Yeah, you can definitely book a flight with Volotea, they are a LCC, so don't expect a lot, but overall they are a certainl
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