WOW air Passenger Numbers at an All-Time High

Airline reports 69% year-on-year increase

Low-cost airline WOW air transferred 2.8 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 69% on the previous year.

While the airline’s load factor of 88% for 2017 was the same as 2016, the available seat kilometres the airline offered increased by 80% between the two years.

By the end of 2018, WOW air’s fleet will expand to a total of 24 aircraft, with the introduction of seven brand new aircraft, including two Airbus A321ceo, one Airbus A321neo and four Airbus A330-300neo. WOW air is only the second airline globally to introduce the Airbus A330-300neo.

The airline’s new A330-300neo will use new engine, wing and electronic systems, alongside the signature Airspace cabin. Featuring Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the new models provide enhanced operating efficiency, as well as passenger comfort.

“For WOW air, 2017 was marked by rapid growth and investments throughout our company and fleet,” says Skúli Mogensen, CEO and Founder of WOW air.

He added: “We have never been better equipped to continue our future growth and we expect to transfer 3.7 million passengers in the year 2018. I look forward to all the exciting developments that are on the horizon, including upcoming new destinations and aircraft, which will ultimately make the WOW journey even more pleasurable for our passengers.”

Following its inception in 2011, the purple carrier has expanded to include 38 destinations across Europe, North America and Canada. At present, the airline offers UK departures from London Gatwick and Edinburgh, with a third departure point commencing in April 2018 at London Stansted. This will connect up with several new transatlantic routes; Cleveland (inaugural flight 3 May 2018), Cincinnati (inaugural flight 9 May 2018), Detroit (inaugural flight 25 April 2018), Dallas (inaugural flight 23 May 2018) and St. Louis (inaugural flight 17 May 2018).

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