"I am thrilled to broaden WOW air's offerings and bring low fare worldwide flight service to India", said Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air.
The Iceland-based airline, one of the leading players in the burgeoning low cost long haul market, plans to exploit Ireland's favourable geographical location and connect national capital Delhi via its hub in Reykjavik to 14 North American and multiple European destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Montreal, Toronto.
Serviced by the airline's brand new A330neo wide body jet liner, the new route to Delhi will operate three times per week from Iceland, increasing to five times per week from January 2019. Our launch is in sync with India's aviation growth story, and we look forward to being part of it with our very affordable fares to North America and Europe onboard brand-new Airbus A330neos. That will start with basic, which covers only the fare and excludes charges for the seat, baggage and food, and goes up to premium, which is similar to business class.
This winter, Wow is scheduled to fly from Reykjavik to the US cities of Newark, Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles and St. Louis.
The website showed the basic fare at Rs 24,999 for a ticket on December 7 and Rs 54,499 in the premium segment, reflecting the increased demand since the announcement by the airline.
About 20,000 Indians travel to North America on a daily basis and they will have more choice of travel. "We will always be 30-50% cheaper than fares on other airlines on the routes we fly on", Mogensen said.
Further, he said the "fares can absorb the rising crude oil prices unless it breaches the $100 mark".
A Wow Air flight will take off from Delhi in morning hours and will take about 11 hours to reach Reykjavic.
Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air, said: "We are delighted to announce our network expansion in to India".
Meanwhile, the airline CEO said was optimistic about the success of the airline in India. Besides, 80 per cent of them travel with a stop over, Mogensen said. The launch of this service they will offer more choice of travel to them.