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WOW air has purchased seven new planes, aims at doubling its operations in next few years

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  • Skúli Mogensen The CEO and founder of WOW air. Photo/Vilhelm

The Icelandic budget airline WOW air has purchased seven new aircraft, including four jumbo-jets which could allow WOW to fly direct to destinations in Asia. Skúli Mogensen, the CEO and owner of WOW air told the local news TV station Stöð 2 that the company aims at doubling the number of passengers in the next couple of years.

Aiming at direct flights to Asia

 

WOW air, Airbus A-330

A WOW air Airbus A-330 The new A330-900neo are even bigger, and more environmentally friendly Photo/Steingrímur Þórðarson

WOW air flew it's first flight in 2012 to Paris, making the airline just five years old. Since then the budget airline has grown rapidly, flying direct to a number of destinations in Europe and the US. Last year the company received its first jumbo-jets, allowing it to add direct flights to destinations on the US West Coast. The new airlines will allow the company to commence direct flights to destinations in Asia.

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Skúli Mogensen refused to confirm whether the airline was planning flights to Asia, but told Stöð 2 that the company was very interested in Asia. Asia, he pointed out, was a rapidly growing market but the cost of flying from Asia to Iceland was unnecessarily high, and that passengers typically had to make 1-2 transfers on their way to Iceland.

Doubling of passengers in 2 years
With the seven new planes the total fleet of WOW air will number 24. Among the planes WOW has purchased are four 365 seat Airbus A330-900neo jumbo-jets.

With the new planes Skúli expects the airline will be able to double it's number of passengers from 3 million this year to 6 million by 2019.

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