Rounds out the Management Committee of Spain’s second-busiest airline.
Barcelona, September 1st 2015. – Vueling today announced the appointment of David García Blancas as its new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). For the past two years the 40-year-old García Blancas from Madrid has held a similar position in Poland’s LOT Airlines, which he helped restore to profitability after seven years of losses.
The new CCO will join the Barcelona-based budget airline’s management committee along with Chief Financial Officer Sonia Jerez, Chief Strategy Officer Fernando Estrada, and Chief Operating Officer Fernando Val, all reporting directly to Vueling’s Chairman and CEO, Alex Cruz.
García Blancas will be responsible for sales and commercial activities for the airline that flies to more than 160 airports, and for helping to consolidate Vueling’s position as Europe’s leading “premium” low-cost carrier. His team of 160 people work in seven sub-units: Pricing and Revenue Management; Sales; E&M Commerce; Branding & Advertising; Customer Loyalty-CRM, External Communications, and Customer Service.
David García Blancas
A graduate of the London Business School with several advanced degrees in management, David García Blancas has worked in the airline business for more than 18 years, starting in Air France’s sales office in Madrid in 1996. In 2001 he was transferred to Paris where he held several positions in the sales department until his appointment as the airline’s sales and services manager in China in 2006. That same year he became Asia sales and e-commerce manager for Air France/KLM. In 2009 he was transferred to Poland as the Air France/KLM group’s country manager. He joined LOT Polish Airlines in 2013, first as chairman/CEO of LOT Travel, and later as CCO.
The lucky passenger is called “Pizza”, and she’s a dachshund from Italy who flew from Sardinia to Majorca with a Barcelona stop.
Most Vueling passengers who fly with their pets are bound for the summer holiday destinations of Ibiza or Majorca in July and August.
Barcelona, 13 August 2015 – “Pizza”, a little female dachshund from Italy, happened to be the 200,000th pet carried by Vueling. To mark the occasion, airline representatives greeted her human family at the Barcelona airport and handed over a prize – free tickets for Pizza and her family to any of Vueling’s more than 160 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, or Africa.
It was a very special trip for the three-year-old dog, whose owner, Ilaria Ruiu was taking along with her three children to Majorca to join their father who already lives there. “Our dog, Pizza, is part of the family, and I was happy to discover this unique service for pets on board offered by the Vueling. It allows me to travel with my 3 kids and our pet in a comfortable and quick travel”, says Ilaria Ruiu. They left Cagliari in Sardinia at 1430h and landed in Majorca at 1750h after a 0105h stop in Barcelona.
“Pizza” and her family getting their prize at Barcelona’s El Prat airport
Vueling is a pet friendly airline
Since 2009 Vueling has allowed passengers to travel with their pets on all European flights except to the United Kingdom and Ireland, including direct flights and those involving a stop at Vueling’s main bases in Barcelona-El Prat and Rome-Fiumicino. Small pets can travel with their food and accessories in carry-on kennels with a total weight of up to eight kilograms. The airline admits dogs, cats, birds, fish, and small tortoises.
Customers can make arrangements to travel with their pets when booking their tickets on www.vueling.com, always choosing the “Basic” fare. They must carry travel documents, vaccination certificates, etc. A special boarding pass will be issued, and an appropriate seat will be assigned along with instructions to ensure a comfortable flight. For each leg of a domestic flight 25€ will be charged for the pet. For international flights and those to Spain’s Canary Islands, the charge per leg is 40€.
For more information click on pets on board.
Made at the Airbus plant in Hamburg, the aircraft have 220 seats, 40 more than the A320.
Vueling is acquiring a total of 19 new aircraft this year, including five A321s, plus additional A319s and A320s.
Barcelona, August 11th 2015. – Vueling, Barcelona’s busiest airline, has started to operate its first four A321-200s, now the largest aircraft in its fleet, which will be expanded to more than 100 units in the course of this summer season. The first, registered as EC-MGY, was named ‘Possible by Vueling’ –- the company’s latest advertising slogan. The second, registered as EC-MGZ, was named ‘Inspiring Lives’. And finally, the last two aircraft –EC-MHA and EC-MHB-, were named ‘Good Sense & Rebelliousness’ and ‘Efficiency and Friendliness’.
Greater Capacity and Efficiency
The new model is the largest member of the Airbus A320 family (encompassing the A318, A319, A320, and A321), with an overall length of 44.51 metres, plus 220 seats, 40 more than the A320 model which makes up most of the Vueling fleet. This will enable the airline to raise passenger capacity by18% on the routes where it replaces the A320. This will call for a fifth cabin crew member to attend the additional passengers.
Vueling crew members pose together with the first Airbus A321, EC-MGY, parked at Barcelona-El Prat airport.
The first four Airbus A321s –-a total of five A321s will be in service before the end of 2015— are part of a purchase order made by Vueling’s parent IAG in August, 2013, for a total of 62 aircraft, plus options for 58 more. Those on firm order are all being delivered between 2014 and 2020.
Dimensions and Key Data
|Overall length||44.51 m|
|Fuselage Width||4.14 m|
|Fuel capacity||23,700 lt. / 19,031 kg.|
|Engine thrust range||V2533 133–147kN (30,000–33,000 lbf)|
A Fleet of More than 100 aircraft
This year Vueling is adding five A321s and 14 A319s and A320s to its fleet, which will soon number more than 100 units. The new aircraft all have sharklets on the wingtips, and are more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.
The new units, which have been arriving since January, have names in keeping with the company’s youthful style: You’re the Vueling that I Want (EC-MEL); Keep Calm and Vueling (EC-MEQ); Vueling my best dream (EC-MER); Leonardo da Vueling (EC-MES); Vueling Topic (EC-MFK); Ich Bin Vuelinger (EC-MFL); Are you Vueling to me? (EC-MFM); In Vueling We Trust (EC-MFN); and #BuenVueling (EC-MGE).
Vueling has entered this year’s busy summer season with more flights and routes than ever. It will operate a total of more than 60,000 flights from 1 June to 30 September, and offer 11 million seats, 13% more than in 2014.
The prestigious trade journal Air Transport News has named Vueling this year’s best low cost carrier.
The company was founded in July, 2004, with a fleet of two Airbus A320, four routes, and a commitment to providing excellent customer service at competitive prices. Ten years later, Vueling operates on more than 360 routes to 155 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, with a fleet of more than 100 aircraft and 22 operational bases. It has carried more than 90 million passengers.
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The prize honours Vueling’s Chairman and CEO in the budget airline category
Vueling’s Chairman and CEO Alex Cruz, receiving the Airline Business Award 2015 from John Ackerman, Executive Vice President Global Strategy & Development Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport
Barcelona, 13 July 2015. – Alex Cruz, the chairman and CEO of the Barcelona-based budget airline Vueling, has been honoured for his leadership of the fast-growing company by the prestigious trade journal Airline Business at an award ceremony in London.
In giving the award, the publication’s editor Max Kingsley-Jones, dedicated a few words to Vueling’s chairman: “Since establishing Vueling’s predecessor Clickair a decade ago, Cruz has led an innovation charge in Europe’s low-cost sector that others have followed,” said Kingsley-Jones. “This success resulted in its acquisition by IAG in 2013, where Cruz is now a rising star within the management team.”
In accepting the award, Alex Cruz expressed his gratitude and said he shared the honour with the Vueling team: “It’s an honour for me to receive the ‘Airline Strategy Award’ from a publication as prestigious as Airline Business. I accept it on behalf of all the people who work every day to make Vueling possible. Possible for Barcelona to be the best short-haul connected airport in Europe, and to prepare Rome Fiumicino to follow it. Possible for us to deliver low fares across more than 160 markets with a Premium service. And all of it, delivered with a competitive cost base. We are still challenged to become better, in service and costs, and the Vueling team will be greatly motivated by this award to make it happen.”
About Airline Business:
Airline Business is the premier monthly title for airline boardrooms worldwide and marks its 30th anniversary in 2015, having been launched in 1985. It is part of Flightglobal, and a sister publication of Flight International and flightglobal.com. Airline Business covers the key strategic and business issues in the air transport industry. It has editorial offices in London, Washington DC and Singapore.