WOW air

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WOW air
WOW air logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
WW WOW WOW AIR
Founded November 2011
Commenced operations 31 May 2012
Hubs Keflavík International Airport
Fleet size 20
Destinations 36[1]
Headquarters Reykjavík, Iceland
Key people Skúli Mogensen (CEO and founder)
Employees 1,100[2]
Website wowair.com

WOW air is an Icelandic low-cost carrier operating services between Iceland, Europe and North America. The airline is headquartered in Reykjavík and based at Keflavík International Airport.[3]

History[edit]

Headquarters in Reykjavík

WOW air was founded in November 2011[4] and operated its inaugural flight in 2012.[5] WOW air was founded by entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen,[6] whose extensive business background is largely in technology and telecoms in Iceland, Europe, and North America. The sole owner of WOW air is Titan, an investment company owned by Mogensen,[7] who is the company CEO and sits on the five-person board of directors.[8]

In October 2012, WOW air acquired Iceland Express's operations and network.[9] Iceland Express operated to several destinations in Europe and North America using leased equipment. At the end of October 2012, following the acquisition of its operations, flights to Gatwick and Copenhagen saw frequency increases, services to Berlin, Kaunas (which has since been dropped again), Salzburg and Warsaw had begun.

The airline carried over 400,000 passengers in 2013 and reached its one millionth guest in December 2014.[5]

Since 2015, WOW air started expanding into North America, serving first the US, then Canada starting in May 2016.[10][11] Flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco began in June 2016 using two Airbus A330-300 planes leased from Air Europa.[12] WOW air's annual passenger capacity more than doubled in 2016 to over 1.6 million,[13] from approximately 740,000 in 2015.[14]

Destinations[edit]

As of August 2018, WOW air operates services to a total of 36 destinations[15] in Europe, the US, Canada, and the Middle East from its base at Keflavík International Airport.[16]

Fleet[edit]

As of August 2018, the WOW air fleet consists of the following aircraft:[17][18]

WOW Air fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
W Y Total
Airbus A320-200 2 174 174[18]
Airbus A320neo 1 178 178[18]
Airbus A321-200 4 200 200[18]
5 8 200 208[18]
3 8 202 210[18]
Airbus A321neo 2 8 200 208[18]
Airbus A330-300 1 21 324 345[18]
2 27 318 345[18]
Airbus A330-900neo 4[19] 42 323 365 Deliveries begin 2018[19]
Total 20 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WOW air destinations | WOW air". wowair.us. Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  2. ^ "The People | WOW air". wowair.us. Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  3. ^ Get in touch - wowiceland.co.uk "WOW air Katrínartún 12, 105 Reykjavík"
  4. ^ "How a tiny budget airline single-handedly turned Iceland into America's favorite vacation spot". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  5. ^ a b "Our Story | WOW air". wowair.us. Retrieved 2017-10-27. 
  6. ^ "How a tiny budget airline single-handedly turned Iceland into America's favorite vacation spot". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  7. ^ Elliott, Alëx (2015-09-20). "WOW air Owner Investing Millions". Iceland Review. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  8. ^ "Board of Directors | WOW air". wowair.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  9. ^ JNi.Media. "Iceland's WOW Air to Offer Tel Aviv – New York $149 RT Flights | The Jewish Press - JewishPress.com | JNi.Media | 19 Iyyar 5777 – May 15, 2017 | JewishPress.com". www.jewishpress.com. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  10. ^ "WOW Air expands to Canada, rolls out $75 flights to Iceland". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  11. ^ "WOW Air CEO bullish on U.S. market". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  12. ^ "California - Summer 2016". WOW air. Retrieved 16 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "You can now fly from the US to Europe for $70 — but one day it might be free". Business Insider. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  14. ^ "Wow launches $99 one-way fares from SFO-Iceland, $199 to Europe". SFGate. Retrieved 2017-10-05. 
  15. ^ https://wowair.us/flights/our-destinations/
  16. ^ wowair.co.uk - Our destinations retrieved 20 November 2016
  17. ^ "Icelandic Aircraft Register search results for aircraft operated by WOW air". Icelandic Transport Authority. Retrieved 21 June 2017. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i "WOW aircraft". WOW Air. Retrieved 4 August 2018. 
  19. ^ a b "Iceland's WOW air to lease four A330neo from CIT Aerospace". Retrieved 24 May 2017. 

External links[edit]

Media related to WOW Air at Wikimedia Commons