Vueling is a Spanish low-cost airline based in Barcelona. Founded in 2004, it serves over 100 million passengers annually and is one of the largest low-cost carriers in Europe.
Vueling was created by former Olympic Airways executives who saw an opportunity to provide low-cost air travel to passengers in Spain and the rest of Europe. The airline was initially funded by the regional government of Catalonia, but was later acquired by Iberia Airlines.
Vueling's first commercial flight took place on July 1, 2004. The inaugural flight was from Barcelona to Ibiza, with a stop in Valencia. Since then, Vueling has expanded its network to over 150 destinations in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Vueling's fleet consists of Airbus A320s and A321s, as well as Embraer 190 and 195 aircraft. The airline also has a network of over 20 codeshare partners, which allows it to offer flights to even more destinations.
Vueling has experienced significant growth since its inception. In 2008, the airline carried over 6 million passengers and had a fleet of 57 aircraft. By 2017, the airline had carried over 50 million passengers and had a fleet of more than 160 aircraft.
Vueling has also been involved in some notable incidents. In 2011, a Vueling A320 crashed in La Coruña, Spain, while attempting to land in heavy fog. This resulted in the death of two crew members and injured nineteen passengers. The cause of the crash was determined to be pilot error.
In 2015, Vueling was the subject of a federal investigation after reports surfaced that the airline was charging passengers for items that were supposed to be free, such as water and blankets. The investigation found that Vueling had violated Spanish air transport regulations and the airline was fined €400,000.
Vueling has also made a number of changes over the years in order to improve its service. In 2017, the airline introduced its Premium Club, which offers passengers exclusive benefits such as priority boarding, extra legroom, and complimentary drinks and snacks.
The airline has also been at the forefront of technology innovation, introducing digital boarding passes, online check-in, and self-service kiosks.
Vueling has come a long way since its first flight in 2004. The airline has grown from a regional carrier to one of the largest low-cost airlines in Europe, with a fleet of more than 160 aircraft. Vueling has also been involved in a number of incidents and has made a number of changes in order to improve its service for passengers.