Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Airline
Volotea
Flight
V72835
Aircraft
Airbus A320-200
Registration
EC-MBK
Class
Economy
Seat
06F
Date
20/07/2021
Flight time
00:45

  Corsica - Summer 2021

Volotea Montpellier (MPL)  →  Ajaccio (AJA) A320-200 Economy Class 20/07/2021 Current review

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  Corsica - Summer 2021

Volotea Montpellier (MPL)  →  Ajaccio (AJA) A320-200 Economy Class 20/07/2021 Current review

Introduction

Hello everyone and welcome to this new Flight review.

As I'm coming back by ferry, it will, unfortunately, be a one-way trip. I wish you an excellent reading!


Departure airport

I arrive at Montpellier Airport around 3:00 pm for a 4:35 pm takeoff. Outside, it's a stifling heat. So I hurry back to take advantage of the air conditioning in the check-in hall.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

The check-in for my flight is open but I don't need to go through it as I don't have any luggage to check-in.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

New ads have appeared in the lobby, I find them very nice!

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

I then pass the security and the duty-free and find myself on the "airside". I have a lot of time to kill before boarding starts, so I take the opportunity to do some spotting!

F-HBND, an Air France A320 to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle is taxiing.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

A Transavia 737 is waiting for its next flight...

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Montpellier Airport is also a place for aircraft storage thanks to the Vallair Industry premises which are established here. This allows for a greater diversity of airlines, notably with this Norvegian 737, currently being towed.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Two airlines, one group:

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Then the Air France A320 takes off with a 7-minute delay on the initial schedule.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

It is followed by an Air Arabia A320 arriving from Nador 4 hours late (yes, you read that right...).

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Boarding

The pre-boarding of my flight is in progress. Indeed, the priority passengers are called and then taken directly on the tarmac, standing, in the heat and in the sun while the plane had not yet arrived (see the following pictures). This led to some scuffles with passengers complaining about this organization. Whose fault was it? The airline or the airport? I don't know. In any case, I understand perfectly these passengers, who moreover have priority, who complain about being brought on the tarmac to queue under the sun when the plane had not even landed! Seeing this, I don't rush to board with the first ones. I am even the last one to have pre-boarded. The other part of passengers is invited to wait in a separate air-conditioned room because there were no more places on the tarmac.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

My plane arrives from Nantes and here is the surprise! It is a Volotea A320 (EC-MBK), an ex-Vueling aircraft still wearing the Spanish low-cost cabin.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

You can see for yourself the aberration of having crammed the passengers in the sun. These are just a few people among a hundred others.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

On my side, I can easily take a picture of my plane of the day from the air-conditioned room.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Next to it, a KLM Boeing 737 is waiting before its return flight to Amsterdam.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

The plane is finally ready to welcome us. The "real" boarding starts a few minutes later.

I will be the last passenger to board, which leaves me more time to take pictures of the aircraft from the tarmac. First, here is our aircraft: EC-MBK, a 15-year-old boy.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

We then pass in front of the Dutch 737.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

As well as the Moroccan A320 freshly arrived from Nador.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

I approach step by step my bird of the day, the occasion to photograph it more closely.

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I perform then the unavoidable fuselage shot under a blazing sun.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

As said before, it is a Vueling cabin where only the headrests are with the Volotea logo. This day, the cabin was full.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

I then move to my seat, the 6F, having for advantage to offer a beautiful engine view.

The door should close shortly.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

The Safety Card is a collector's item, in fact, there are few with the A320 Volotea logo.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

The legroom is bad. It is impossible for me to extend my legs under the seat. My knees touch the front seat. If you want to fly with Volotea, it is unlikely that you will come across this cabin. I remember much better legroom on my previous trip with Volotea on their A319.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

And this is the basic tray table.

Air Arabia completes pushback to fly to Morocco.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Take-off

The belt is buckled, and we are ready to go!

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

We taxi to runway 12L.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

We're lining up…

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

And we take off 45 minutes late. Fortunately, we will reduce the gap during the flight.

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Shortly after takeoff, we fly over the famous seaside resort of Palavas-les-Flots.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

We then fly over the Espiguette headland.

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Cruising

We follow the coast to Toulon, passing by the island of Hyères and Marseille.

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Due to the Covid measures, no services are offered on board.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Descent and arrival

After a few minutes of cruising, we start our descent.

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We are already quite low when the Corsican coasts appear. It's an approach by the pass on runway 20 that is coming, it promises to be a great show!

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Flying at the same altitude as the mountains is quite impressive but just as wonderful!

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The airport is hidden behind hills between which we will have to slalom.

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Pilots make a sharp turn to line up with the runway.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Landing is imminent…

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

And we touch down smoothly with a delay of (only) 17 minutes on the initial schedule.

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An ATR from Air Corsica is being refueled.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

A helicopter equipped with a device whose function I do not know takes off.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Air Corsica and Canadairs are present in the hangars.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

During this time, we arrive at the parking lot, and vehicles are busy around us.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

The deboarding then begins. The rows are called 5 by 5, another Covid measure.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Face to face with the beast...

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Boarding has begun for the Corsican ATR.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Welcome to Ajaccio Napoleon Bonaparte Airport !

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

As I do not have any luggage to retrieve, I head for the exit.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

In less than 2 minutes, I am out of the airport.

Flight review: Volotea from Montpellier to Ajaccio in Economy

Conclusion

Volotea proposed a rather particular service that is not representative of a classic flight.

In Montpellier, the controls were passed quickly, and as always, the Duty-free is really pleasant. I really like the atmosphere of this airport.

About Volotea, the comfort on board is not good because of a too narrow seat (Vueling) although I was able to cope with it for only 40 minutes of flight. The lack of service is also a pity, although it has become the norm with other airlines in these times of crisis. As for the crew, they remained quite discreet while being available during the flight. I especially appreciated their warm welcome.

On arrival, I was surprised by the fluidity of the airport from which I left barely two minutes after disembarking.


Ratings

4.4/5
Cleanliness
5/5
Accessibility and orientation
4/5
Efficiency
5/5
Services
4/5
2.9/5
Cabin and comfort
2.6/5
Entertainment
2.6/5
Food and beverages
2.7/5
Crew
4/5
3.3/5
Cleanliness
4/5
Accessibility and orientation
3/5
Efficiency
N/A
Services
N/A

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