Today’s trending aviation news comes courtesy of WOW Air and Westjet.
Trending Aviation News
WOW Air – WOW Air to fly new A321s to US
Low cost carrier Wow Air (X9) announced that it will be using Airbus A321 configured with 200 Economy seats for flights from Reykjavik, Iceland (REK) to Boston (BOS)(2,438nm)(start day March 27, 2015) and Baltimore-Washington (BWI)(2,787nm)(start day May 8, 2015) with onward connection to London (Gatwick).
The Airbus A321 can fly up to 3,000nm which is not far enough for for X9 to take passengers directly from East Coast US to London (as noted in the map below).
This new entrant from Iceland wants to be a bigger player using the low cost no frills business model. It is led by CEO Skuli Mogensen who wants wow passengers with low prices and good service.
On the aircraft addition, the CEO said: “We’re very proud to be adding these new A321 aircraft to our growing fleet of aircraft. Their low fuel consumption and state of the art Cabin in a 200-seat configuration will offer our passengers a very comfortable journey at unbeatable prices.”
WOW Air is using BOS and BWI to test out passengers’ appetizer for very low cost carriers operating between the US and Europe. Norwegian Air (D8) is the only other competitor in this space (refer to this Experience The Skies blog entry that featured them).
Other full service airlines offering attractive prices include Icelandair (FI) and Aer Lingus (RE). They will be monitoring Wow Air’s progress as well and will battle them on prices.
Once the flights are fully loaded, Experience The Skies will check fares to verify how much cheaper from BOS and BWI to LGW are.
Low cost carrier Westjet (WS) based in Calgary, Canada (YYC) introduced its Summer 2015 schedule that would provide passengers will more flights from Vancouver to Toronto. Given the Canadian dollar has decreased against most major world currencies, WS may be sensing an opportunity to court Canadians to explore more of Canadiana than travel to the US or aboard this Summer.
The increase in capacity in the Summer may put some pricing pressure on the YVR to YYZ route. Air Canada can compete by offering lower prices, introduce bonus Aeroplan miles on these flights or use more international configured aircrafts with more amenities.