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WOW air's Airbus A330-300 sitting on a hardstand at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. (Photo: Parker Davis

New Carrier Looking to Fill WOW air’s Void in Iceland and Europe

Former executives of low-cost Icelandic carrier WOW air are looking to launch an airline with a similar model eight months after its predecessor called it quits. In a press conference in Iceland, executives discussed the vision for the airline and plan on naming it PLAY. The website for the carrier is also up and running at flyplay.com. Arnar Már Magnusson, VP of Operations and former Chief Pilot of WOW air, will head PLAY as CEO of the new carrier. Similar…

Dulles Airport Debunks Rumors of a WOW air Reboot in…

It was reported last Thursday that the reincarnation of WOW air by USAerospace Associates, led by  Michelle Ballarin, will launch its first flights sometime in mid-October, with the first route being Reykjavik to Washington. Despite the rumors, however, the Washington Metropolitan Airport Authority has confirmed to AirlineGeeks that no such…

Opinion: Low-Cost Transatlantic Business Model is Flawed

WOW Air ceased operations recently, making it another low-cost transatlantic carrier to essentially shut its doors overnight. WOW air left thousands of passengers stranded without much recourse. Planes are scattered around airports waiting to be repossessed by lenders, including one Airbus A321 in Newark. A few years ago, fueled by…

Wow Air Ceases Operations Following Months of Financial Troubles

After failing to close a deal with a group of investors, Iceland's Wow Air  announced that it has ceased operations as of Thursday morning. The company was forced to go under after last-minute negotiations were unsuccessful and a much-needed injection of capital was denied. "We weren't able to secure funding…

WOW Air to Retire Widebody Aircraft, Reduce Long-Haul Operations

Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW Air is announcing that it will retire nine aircraft and will begin cutting several more of its long-haul routes. The proposed fleet reduction will see the airline's fleet drop from 20 aircraft to just eleven, in which all of the carrier's Airbus A330s will no longer…

WOW air Returns Leased Aircraft Amid Financial Woes, Leaves Icelandair…

Icelandic ultra-low-cost carrier WOW air has returned four aircraft to lessors with two Airbus A330s and two Airbus A320 family aircraft departing Reykjavik earlier yesterday for storage, beginning the process of returning to their lessors. The move comes as a letter to bondholders from the airline's CEO and Founder Skuli Mogensen…

Iceland Aviation Market Faces Consolidation as WOW Air Becomes Part…

One of the fastest-growing markets that the commercial aviation industry has seen flourish in recent years is Iceland. Now, a traditional carrier made a move on its newest competitor, WOW Air and has presented a share purchase agreement to control the budget-long haul operator. As consideration for the shares, the…

WOW Backtracks Previous Expansions to Ease Financial Tensions

With WOW Air and Icelandair rushing to open up new routes last summer the inevitability of some routes failing would come true and early signs of failure have appeared in WOW’s 2019 route map. The airline has decided to remove service to at least three routes before spring 2019 with…

WOW to Launch New Service to Orlando

As the busy summer season for transatlantic airlines comes to a close, Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW air announced on Wednesday its newest U.S. destination, Orlando, Fla. The Central Floridian city will be served from the airline's main hub at Keflavik International Airport, 40 minutes from Iceland's capital of Reykjavik, on…

Flights from Iceland to New York at All-Time High

With tourism in Iceland growing exponentially in popularity among Americans, so have flights to and from the island nation. Historically, the country’s flag carrier Icelandair has been provided the bulk of the service from Iceland to the United States, as it has the home-field advantage and a singular hub. However,…