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Vueling Airlines
Founded February 2004
Commenced operations 1 July 2004
Bases Barcelona-El Prat Airport
Bilbao Airport
Ibiza Airport
Madrid Barajas Airport
Málaga Airport
Paris Orly Airport
Seville-San Pablo Airport
Valencia Airport
Frequent flyer program punto.
Fleet size 37
Destinations 45
Company slogan Flying hoy means Vueling

(Flying Today means Vueling)

Headquarters El Prat de Llobregat, Catalonia, Spain
Key people Carlos Muñoz & Lázaro Ros (founders)
Josep Piqué (Chairman)
Alex Cruz (Chief Executive)

Vueling Airlines (BMADVLG), commonly known as just Vueling, is a low-cost airline based in Barcelona, Spain.[1] Its main base is Barcelona, with additional bases at Bilbao, Ibiza, Madrid, Málaga, Seville and Valencia.

Vueling serves destinations in Europe and the western Mediterranean. It is also the second largest Spanish airline after Iberia.



Vueling was established in February 2004 and commenced operations on July 1, 2004. The fleet consisted of two aircraft, serving the Barcelona to Ibiza route. The company first recorded a profit in December 2005, only 18 months after the start of operations.

Initially, major shareholders of Vueling Airlines were Apax Partners (40%), Inversiones Hemisferio (Grupo Planeta) (30%), Vueling's management team (23%) and V.A. Investor (JetBlue Airways) (7%). During its nascent stages, the company's general manager was Lázaro Ros, while Carlos Muñoz was CEO. In November 2007, Vueling appointed managing director of Spanair Lars Nygaard as CEO to replace Carlos Muñoz, who remained as a member of the Board of Directors.

In 2006 Vueling was chosen as the third-best European low-fares airline, behind Air Berlin and EasyJet,[2] However, it did not maintain this position in 2007.[3]

Vueling started restructuring in 2007-2008 to enhance profitability as the airline started to lose money and its owners were afraid that otherwise it might not survive in the fierce competition among European low-cost operators.[citation needed]

A 2009 Skytrax Research survey rated Vueling the third best low-cost airline in Western Europe, behind EasyJet and Aer Arann.[4]

Vueling and Clickair Merger

A Vueling Airbus A320-214 at Madrid-Barajas Airport, taxiing towards terminal 4. (2006)

In June 2008, Vueling and rival Spanish low cost airline Clickair announced their intention to merge.[5] The merger was agreed because they wanted to make a single carrier better equipped to take out high fuel costs and fees, and both airlines were losing a lot of money. The airline was to be based in Barcelona where both of the low cost airlines were based and were to keep its original hubs. The boss of Clickair Alex Cruz was also to be the chief executive of the airline.[6]

On the 15th July 2009 the merger of Vueling and Clickair was completed.[7] The new merged airline operates under the Vueling brand, with Clickair flights and aircraft re-branded under the Vueling name. It became the second largest Spanish carrier flying 8.2 million passengers in 2009, to almost 50 destinations.

Cooperation with MTV

In 2009, Vueling for the second year cooperated with MTV for the summer season. Two of Vueling's A320's (EC-KDG and EC-KDH) were transformed into MTV liveries with some MTV style inside too. The designs of the two A320's were created by Custo Barcelona.[8]


A Vueling Airbus A320-214 landing at Lisbon Airport, Portugal. (2006)


The Vueling Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (in an all-economy class) as of 7 February 2010:[9]

Vueling Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
Airbus A320-200 37 180
Total 37

As of February 2010, the average age of the Vueling Airlines fleet is 7.1 years.[10]

Some Vueling aircraft have a name. EC-KBU is called "Be Vueling my friend". There are many others.[11]

Incidents and accidents

  • On 5 August 2009, at 10:36h, Vueling Airlines Flight VY9127, an Airbus A320-200, (registration EC-ICQ) was departing Paris-Orly Airport for Alicante, Spain. During the pushback phase, the right engine caught fire and all 185 passengers and crew had to evacuate the aircraft by the evacuation slides. Eight people were slightly injured during the controlled evacuation on the slides.[12]

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Simple English

[[File:|thumb|right|The company logo]] Vueling Airlines (often called just Vueling) is an airline in Spain based in Barcelona. It is quite a new airline only starting in 2004. The airline is a 'low-cost' airline meaning they try and make their tickets as affordable as possible for passengers. In 2009 Vueling merged together with another Spanish airline Clickair.


Vueling's flights are almost all to Europe with some flights going to Morocco and Jordan.


Vueling owns 37 Airbus A320 type aeroplanes.

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