Icelandic carrier Wow Air strikes Airbus deal

Icelandic carrier Wow Air strikes Airbus deal

Icelandic budget carrier Wow Air is expanding its fleet with a deal for four new Airbus A321s worth almost $460 million.

The airline has Airbus 11 aircraft in its fleet and is set to grow to 17 by the end of next year.

Two of the new aircraft will be delivered in 2017, with the remainder in 2018.

The fleet was recently expanded with the addition of three A330-300 widebody aircraft with a capacity for 350 passengers with a larger-than-average seat pitch of up to 35 inches.

Wow Air also operates two Airbus A320-200s and six A321 aircraft. 

The purchase of the four A321s is the first direct sale to the airline from the European aircraft manufacturer.

The airline opted to expand its number of A321s for their wider cabins, low operating costs and fuel efficiency.

The deal was announced at the Farnborough Airshow by Wow Air founder and chief executive Skúli Mogensen and Airbus president and chief executive, Fabrice Brégier.

Mogensen said: “We are thrilled to be adding these brand new A321 aircraft to our fast growing fleet.

“WOW Air is becoming one of the leading low-cost long haul airlines in the world and we look forward to expanding even further through our successful partnership with Airbus.”

Brégier said: “The new aircraft will fit seamlessly into the airline’s current all Airbus fleet, thanks to Airbus’ fleet commonality. The A321 will offer Wow Air the lowest operational costs and the highest seat comfort and widest cabins for its passengers.’’


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