BARCELONA, SPAIN — Barcelona-based Spanish low-cost carrier Volotea is planning to add six more previous generation Airbus A320 aircraft to its fleet this year as the airline aims to expand its capacity beyond the pre-pandemic level.

Volotea, which mainly serves mid-sized European cities, transformed its fleet to an all-Airbus fleet last year after the early retirement of its Boeing 717s during the pandemic. Volotea's business strategy is to lease second-hand jets from lessors rather than owning any aircraft.

“We are very proud to increase our fleet with six more Airbus A320s,”

said Volotea chief executive Carlos Munoz.

“By growing our fleet with more modern aircraft, we will increase our competitiveness and take advantage of sizeable opportunities as we move forward while becoming more responsible in protecting the environment,” 

Munoz added.

Volotea currently operates 36 aircraft, including 20 A319s and 16 A320s. The youngest aircraft in the fleet are around 11 years old. the youngest of which is nearly 11 years old. The carrier plans to operate between 41 - 45 jets in 2022.