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|Company slogan||Spanish - Precios que te hacen viajar
English - Get out of town prices
|Parent company||Vuela Compañia de Aviación|
|Headquarters||Mexico City, Mexico|
Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: VOLARA, NYSE: VLRS), operating as Volaris, is a Mexican low-cost airline based in Santa Fe, Álvaro Obregón, Mexico City and its operational base is located at the General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport (TIJ) in Tijuana.
The airline operates scheduled flights to Mexico (43) and elsewhere in the Americas (22) from Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport, in Guadalajara, General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport in Tijuana and General Mariano Escobedo International Airport in Monterrey.
The pre-operations phase (founding of the legal entities and setting up of the required infrastructure) started in August 2005 under the name Vuela Airlines. Major initial shareholders of the company were Grupo Televisa (the world's biggest Spanish-language media conglomerate), Inbursa (an insurance company owned by billionaire Carlos Slim), Avianca (then TACA Airlines) and the Discovery Americas Fund. Each of these partners invested 25% of the initial cost of activities, or 100 million USD. On July 2010, it was announced that Televisa and Inbursa had sold their stake in Volaris leaving the ownership of Volaris as follows: Avianca (then TACA Airlines) with Roberto and Maria Cristina Kriete (50%), Investment fund Discovery Americas (over 25%) and Indigo Partners: Fund led by former America West CEO B. Franke. Ticket sales started on January 12, 2006, and, following the delivery of the airline's first aircraft, the first (non-commercial) flight was operated in February 2006. Scheduled revenue flights were launched on March 13, 2006, with the inaugural flight having been operated from Toluca to Tijuana.
Initially, the airline avoided flying to Mexico City because of its congested and expensive airport. The airline took over several slots that had been owned by now-defunct Mexicana and its subsidiaries MexicanaClick and MexicanaLink, establishing service in September 2010.
On June 5, 2012, the airline launched a frequent flyer program called VClub. It is the membership program that provides special fares, offers, last minute travel deals and other perks. Customers can save up to 40% using the VClub membership.
On March 13, 2013, the airline celebrated its seventh anniversary, offering passengers 70% off all flights, it has done this every year since then.
In April 2009, Volaris announced the start of US-bound flights out of Toluca and Guadalajara (initially to Los Angeles and Oakland) to feed into the hubs of Southwest Airlines. Later on, US-flights were also offered from Zacatecas and Morelia, with Monterrey-Los Angeles (with Fresno Yosemite International Airport) in planning.
On December 13, 2010, Volaris started services between Chicago Midway International Airport and Guadalajara. It is Volaris' fourth international destination, first international service to a secondary airport and the longest route of Volaris' history. After Mexicana de Aviación's shutdown, Volaris took over many of Mexicana's international destinations and flights from its focus city, Guadalajara.
On February 25, 2011, it was announced that Volaris would acquire Mexicana's destination, Fresno Yosemite International Airport and would begin service on April 14, 2011. Fresno was Volaris' first US destination where it did not partner with Southwest Airlines. The airline began using Guadalajara International Airport as an American gateway hub in late 2011.
Volaris sought permission to fly between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Mexico City, along with a number of other U.S.-Mexico routes. Volaris submitted the request on February 3, 2011 and the U.S. Department of Transportation granted approval on February 11. However, Volaris did not launch the service until over four years later, on April 29, 2015, when it began flights between DFW and Guadalajara.
Volaris began flights between Phoenix and Guadalajara on October 19, 2013.
Volaris planned to launch service to Houston Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas as soon as the new terminal was completed, but the airline chose to begin flying to Houston-Intercontinental from Guadalajara on March 26, 2015, instead.
Volaris serves 43 domestic destinations and 22 international destinations (Currently all in America).
As of January 2016, the Volaris fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 4.4 years:
|Airbus A319-100||18||—||144||Short / Medium haul
Mexico and United States
|Airbus A320-200||37||18||174||Short / Medium haul
Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Puerto Rico and United States
|220||Short / Medium haul
Mexico to Cancun/Tijuana
|Airbus A320neo||—||30||TBA||TBA||Deliveries begin in 2016|
|Airbus A321neo||—||20||TBA||1||Deliveries begin in 2017|
|Year End||Airbus A319||Airbus A320/A321||Total|
The former Volaris safety video featured actress Claudia Lizaldi. The current Volaris safety video features young children demonstrating the safety procedures. Both of the videos are enabled with English language subtitles.
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Volaris.|
- Volaris Official website
- Terraris website
- Official website (Spanish)
- V de Volaris in-flight magazine (Spanish)
- Terraris website (Spanish)