A Pleasant Surprise

Review of Joe Baran about the flight Volotea between Strasbourg and Bastia on 20/07/2013 in Economy
Joe Baran V7 / VOE SXB / BIA
Note: This review is about an experience that happened more than 3 years ago.

Having been informed some time ago about the setting up of this low-cost airline at Strasbourg Airport, I decided to use it for my holidays in Corsica.

To get the best price ticket I checked in online with a carry-on bag and an automatically allocated seat: because of the non-competitiveness on this route, the prices were slightly cheaper than on Air France (HOP!) for an equivalent journey (eg Ajaccio).

Boarding went well: I wasn't subjected to stringent checks about the size of my bag (all the same, I have to advise that you run the risk of paying an extra 60 euros)... I think the checks are made according to the number of passengers on-board who have not put their bags in the hold.

In summary - rather a 1960's type of ambiance because we had to get to the plane on foot without a bridge (cost cutting), a Boeing 717 which at first sight looked in good shape: 7 years old at least.
My height is 1 m 94 and I honestly didn't lack space, since they had the good idea of removing the little pocket in front of you and so gaining 5 cm without reducing the number of seats.
The French cabin crew were very friendly, and I really liked the idea of presenting each member before takeoff to give a more family type of atmosphere.

You had to pay for refreshments but on a flight of 1 hour 30 minutes you can usually give them a miss.

The landing at Bastia was a bit difficult - you got the feeling that the pilots weren't totally at easy with this plane as our landing was bumpy with a very abrupt braking at the end of the runway. However, the landing at Strasbourg with another crew was very smooth (if not perfect)

In conclusion - for a flight of less than 2 hours, I recommend Volotea as much for leisure trips as for business!


Overall rating
4 / 5
Value (price + quality)
4 / 5
On the ground
Check-in and boarding
4 / 5
Management of luggage
3 / 5
On board
4 / 5
Costumer service
4 / 5
Your opinion of security
5 / 5
3 / 5
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By Joe Baran, about Volotea, , close to Wasselonne, Alsace, France
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