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A Primera Air A321neo exiting the runway after landing at Washington Dulles for the first time. (Photo: Peter Weiland)

TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Primera Air

Earlier this week, Nordic low-cost carrier Primera Air ceased operations after ten years of operations. The closure came as a surprise to many as the airline was going through a period of rapid expansion in the transatlantic market, with four route announcements in the last two months of its operation. Today, we will take a look back at the history of this short-lived airline. Primera Air was founded in 2003 as JetX in Iceland. The airline primarily operated the Boeing…

Trip Report: Flying in Economy and Premium on Primera Air’s…

After nearly a decade of intra-European operations, Primera Air decided to enter the low-cost transatlantic realm just last year, dominated at the time by Norwegian Air Shuttle, WOW air and LEVEL. Although each had the same no-frills concept and a business model driven by ancillary fees, the three proved very…

Primera Air Brings Low-Cost Transatlantic Service to Spain With New…

Continuing its trend of rapid expansion in not even it's sixth month of operations in the transatlantic market, Primera Air has announced that it will open up another European base in Madrid, Spain. Its fourth route expansion in as little as a month, Primera will fly from the Iberian Peninsula…

Primera Air Goes Up Against Star Alliance with Opening of…

Low-cost airline Primera Air announced four new transatlantic routes this morning from a new European base in Frankfurt, Germany to cities in North America. The announcement comes on the heels of the airline’s expansion to new transatlantic bases in Brussels and Berlin last month. The new routes will focus on…

Primera Air Announces New European Destination, Inaugurates Washington Service

Low-cost long-haul carrier Primera Air has announced a major route expansion to a new European destination just four months from beginning its inaugural transatlantic service from Europe to North America. The airline will now serve the city of Brussels, Belgium from three cities in the United States. Newark, Washington and…

Low-Cost Airlines Crossing the Pond: Primera Air

Since the introduction of numerous low-cost airlines to the transatlantic market, access to Europe has never been easier or cheaper. New fuel-efficient aircraft and low-cost business models have allowed for increased competition among low-cost carriers, with more and more starting up every year. This series will serve to give an in-depth…

A321LR Completes Its Longest Flight to Date

When D-AVZO, the new Airbus A321LR's test airframe, touched down on Toulouse in the early morning of March 30, it had completed its longest trip to date.  The 11-hour long flight departed La Pointe Larue Airport, in the Seychelles Islands off the coast of Africa and flew to Airbus' Toulouse…

Stansted to Become London’s Fastest Growing Airport in 2018

It's set to be a busy summer at London's Stansted (STN) Airport. Already the U.K.'s fourth busiest airport, passenger numbers are anticipated to rise by around 12 percent on 2017's figures, making it by far the capital's fastest growing airport. Despite actually being situated in the county of Essex, approximately…

The Hero We Never Expected: The Rise of the Airbus…

When I was younger, I sought to fly on as many aircraft types as I possibly could. As an infrequent flyer at the time, every new plane I flew on was special. Planning my future travel and thinking back on my younger self, I am reminded of one aircraft that…

Primera Air Eyes Low-Cost Transatlantic Travel For 2018

A new European low-cost carrier is setting its sights on opening new routes to the United States. Latvia-based Primera Air announced plans for six routes between Europe and locations across the U.S., beginning in 2018. The airline is planning flights from London-Stansted, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and Birmingham, England, connecting each…