WOW air, Iceland’s only low cost airline, has announced that it will add seven new Airbus aircraft to its rapidly growing fleet by the end of 2018, bringing the total count to 24.
With routes soon to begin from Iceland to Miami, Pittsburgh and Chicago, the airline will operate an all-Airbus fleet of 17 aircraft throughout its 32 international routes across Europe and North America by mid-2017. The additional seven will be delivered over the subsequent 18 months.
“We are proud to be able to offer our passengers one of the youngest fleet worldwide. This addition will help us grow even more and to fly greater lengths than before. A bigger and younger fleet will, without a doubt, benefit us in the ever-growing, competitive aviation market as brand-new planes are much more economic,” says Skuli Mogensen, CEO of WOW air.
Among the additions will be four brand new A330-900neo widebody aircraft on a 12-year lease from CIT Aerospace International. The newest member of the Airbus widebody family, the A330-900neo includes new generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and aerodynamic enhancements that, in combination, offer a 14% reduction in fuel consumption per seat, making it the most cost effective, medium-range widebody aircraft on the market.
The Icelandic LCC will operate the aircraft with a single class cabin holding 365 seats, including 42 that are broader and offer additional legroom. The range of the model, which has a list price of US$291 million per aircraft, is 9750km, meaning it could fly non-stop to Hong Kong or Honolulu from WOW air’s Icelandic base.
Also among the seven fleet additions will be two A321ceo aircraft, one purchased directly from Airbus and the other leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). All seven of the new aircraft boast the lowest fuel burn, emissions and noise footprint in their class.
The new aircraft will be deployed as WOW air continues to add additional services and routes across its growing network on both sides of the Atlantic, offering a capacity increase of 50%.