Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris has taken delivery of its 34th aircraft and has newly carried its 20 millionth passenger.
Delivery of the latest Airbus A320 to Volaris gives the airline a fleet of 10 A320s and 24 Airbus A319s, the latter type being more suitable for the high-altitude, hot-temperature conditions found at Volaris’ base at Toluca, located at an elevation of 8,200 feet.
The airline initially based its hub at Toluca’s Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport, some 25 miles away from Mexico City’s Santa Fe district, where Volaris’ headquarters are located and from which Volaris operated free shuttle-bus service to and from the airport for passengers.
However, following the collapse of Mexicana Airlines in August 2010, Volaris built a substantial domestic route network from Mexico City’s main airport, Benito Juárez International Airport and in March 2011 decided to move its Toluca hub operation to Guadalajara.
The carrier also has focus-city operations at Tijuana near the U.S. border and at Puebla in the south of Mexico.
Volaris configures its A319s to seat 144 passengers in single-class configuration and its A320s to seat 174 passengers, also in a single cabin class.
The average age of the aircraft in the Volaris fleet is 4.2 years, giving the Mexican airline one of the youngest fleets, if not the youngest, in North America.
Volaris’ latest Airbus A320 is registered N508VL and is now being fitted out for service on the airline’s route network, which at present consists of 56 domestic and international routes linking 24 cities in Mexico and seven in the United States.
In the U.S., Volaris flies to Chicago, Las Vegas, Fresno, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Diego and San Jose. The carrier also has been approved to operate to other U.S. destinations, among them Dallas/Fort Worth and Sacramento.
Volaris began operations in March 2006 and now has more than 2,200 employees.