Volaris Sets Date To Start Flying To Colombia

Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris is flying to Colombia, starting on October 6. With two new routes, Volaris becomes…

Volaris Sets Date To Start Flying To Colombia

Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris is flying to Colombia, starting on October 6. With two new routes, Volaris becomes the latest player in a contested Mexico-Colombia aviation market that is set to become one of the fastest growing following the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s investigate further.

Volaris is launching new routes between Mexico City and Cancun to Bogota, Colombia. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

All about Volaris’ new routes

Earlier this year, Volaris received approval from the Colombian authorities to launch direct flights to Bogota. Along with Viva Aerobus, it is one of the new Mexican carriers set to enter the market.

Viva Aerobus will launch its Mexico City-Bogota route on August 21, with two weekly frequencies. Then, on September 15, Viva will increase to daily flights.

Meanwhile, Volaris will start flying two routes on October 6. These segments will be Mexico City-Bogota and Cancun-Bogota. Volaris will operate four weekly flights for the first one and three weekly frequencies for the latter.

The Mexico City-Bogota route will depart on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Meanwhile, the Cancun-Bogota will operate on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays said Volaris in a statement.

The company will start selling the tickets for these routes on June 23.

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Volaris has had one of the fastest recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide. Photo: Getty Images

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The Mexico-Colombia aviation market highlights

During the last year, the Mexico-Colombia market has become one of the highlights in South America. Both Volaris and Viva Aerobus will launch routes between both countries; also, Colombian low-cost carrier Viva has just started flights on two of its four routes between these two nations.

According to Cirium’s database, there will be four airlines operating flights between Mexico and Colombia in July. These are Aeromexico, Avianca, Wingo, and Viva. They will offer 449 flights, with 75,214 seats available.

Flavia Santoro, ProColombia president, said in a statement,

“The arrival of Volaris is proof of the international trust set on Colombia. It also strengthens the commercial relationship with Mexico, which is now our third destination by the number of air frequencies and seats available.”

Despite the recovery of this market, there’s still a long way to go before getting to the pre-pandemic levels. Cirium states that there are 54% fewer flights right now than two years ago. Additionally, the market has lost a player with the exit of Interjet. This carrier operated flights to Medellin, Bogota, and Cartagena de Indias.

Volaris can’t increase its routes and capacity to the US at the moment. Photo: Getty Images.

Volaris’ growth for the following months

Volaris is one of the most successful airlines amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The carrier has recovered 100% of its domestic traffic, and it is close to doing the same in the international segment. Volaris currently has 184 active routes (108 domestic and 76 international) and has carried nearly 18 million people since the start of the pandemic.

Nevertheless, following Mexico’s air safety rating downgrade to Category 2, Volaris had to readjust its plans going forward.

Volaris won’t be able to increase its presence in the US while Mexico remains in Category 2. Therefore, the Mexican low-cost carrier will strengthen its domestic market share, it said in a statement. Volaris will also deploy new capacity to the international markets it serves or plans to do, like Colombia.

In the meantime, Volaris hopes the Mexican government will quickly restore its air safety rating with the Federal Aviation Administration. The longer it takes, the hardest the hit will be on Mexican airlines, as they can’t add routes or capacity to the US.

Are you eager to try Volaris’ new routes from Mexico and Cancun to Bogota? Let us know in the comments. 

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The Maverick Project: The Business Jet Cabin Of The Future?

When a four-decade-old aviation firm like Rosen Aviation brings a cabin concept to market, you know it’s going…

The Maverick Project: The Business Jet Cabin Of The Future?

When a four-decade-old aviation firm like Rosen Aviation brings a cabin concept to market, you know it’s going to be something pretty special. While Rosen is best known for its groundbreaking large-format OLED displays, Rosen wants to further disrupt the cabin industry with its technology-heavy concept. More intuitive, more immersive and ridiculously beautiful, here’s the Maverick concept in all its glory.

The Maverick cabin embraces technology in many new ways. Photo: Rosen Aviation

Technology first

Developed by Rosen Aviation, the Maverick Project is a concept that puts technology at the forefront of its design. Shortlisted for a Crystal Cabin Award this year, the developers of the concept note that,

“Rosen aims to shift the travel paradigm by creating a cabin so rich in technology it completely redefines the passenger experience.”

The concept utilizes the latest in sensor technology to create a cabin that feels like something out of a science fiction movie. Familiar high-end touches like wireless charging and touchscreen control surfaces are accompanied by less common components, such as the huge OLED displays and ‘virtual’ buttons.

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Seat controls are integrated into smart surfaces in the armrest. Photo: Rosen Aviation

These buttons, known as ‘smart sensors,’ were developed by Rosen Aviation themselves. Rather than bulky, old-fashioned mechanical switches, the Maverick cabin uses integrated surfaces with backlit control indicators. Working through microperforated substrates, the controls are proximity activated and provide haptic feedback to the user.

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Holographic keyboards and menus are all in the works. Photo: Rosen Aviation

Taking things a step further, Rosen is also developing fully holographic keyboards for working in the cabin. Menus will also be holographic, minimizing touchpoints and reducing the potential for contamination of surfaces. The company has further talked of the integration of AI into the sensors, so that these smart surfaces can begin to predict a user’s intention.

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Large virtual windows and skylights, coupled with the olive wood veneer, give the cabin a light, modern ambiance. Photo: Rosen Aviation

No windows

The cabin is essentially windowless, which has the potential to make for a somewhat claustrophobic experience. However, Rosen overcomes this with the use of OLED displays to create virtual windows instead. These displays can show a real-time image of the outside world, or can be used for business presentations, flight information, or even inflight entertainment.

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The large OLED screens are lightweight and versatile. Photo: Rosen Aviation

Speaking to Simple Flying earlier this year, Rosen’s SVP Strategy, Lee Clark, and VP Product Engineering, Darrell Finneman, noted the benefits that OLEDs bring, saying,

“Of the many advantages offered by OLEDs, two main highlights that open up endless opportunities are transparency and flexibility. With these new features, virtual windows and skylights are made possible in a number of different form factors, whether it be a flexible display tied to outside cameras, or a transparent display providing key flight information juxtaposed to traditional windows.”

The executives also noted the potential for augmented reality to be integrated into these alternative windows. Things like a star map, pointing out the nighttime constellations as they pass by the window, or an interactive feed displaying interesting features on the ground below – it’s a moving map concept like no other that has gone before.

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Individual screens pivot out from the seats. Photo: Rosen Aviation

As well as the large displays on the cabin walls, the Maverick features personal pivoting seat displays, so that every passenger can enjoy their choice of entertainment onboard.

Was earmarked for the AS2

In February, supersonic aircraft company Aerion announced that it would be working with Rosen for its cabin management and technology system (CTMS) for the forthcoming business jet AS2. The AS2 was to be the first supersonic business jet the world has ever seen, and with Rosen’s blue sky thinking behind it, we were looking forward to some delightful touches in the cabin.

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The AS2 may never become a reality now. Photo: Aerion Supersonic

But with Aerion now largely shut down, the future of this collaboration is in doubt. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean it’s the end of the Maverick concept. Rosen’s executives previously outlined their goals for the future, saying,

“Our plans going forward are to continue development of the many technologies demonstrated in The Maverick cabin. That is what made Maverick so exciting. It was not merely CGI smoke and mirrors, but represented actual Rosen development projects. Seeing the video is one thing, getting to see and feel working proof-of-concepts takes the experience to a whole new level.”

The concepts that Rosen has woven into the Maverick cabin are certainly some food for thought. Many of the touchless, technology-led elements are even more relevant in our current, hygiene-focused environment. Perhaps this is indeed the future of business jet cabins.

The Maverick cabin concept has been shortlisted for 2021’s Crystal Cabin Awards. Winners will be announced at the virtual Aircraft Interiors Expo (14 – 16 September 2021).

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