The new low-cost airline Play is expected to receive its first Airbus A321neo next month, with two more due for delivery in July. Its network of six European destinations including Paris is still not on sale.
Launched in November 2019 just before the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the new inexpensive flight specialist based at Reykjavik-Keflavik airport is approaching its launch, now scheduled for June 24, 2021. Targeting the place abandoned by WOW Air, which had announced its bankruptcy in March 2019, the new company initially under the name WAB Air (« we are back », we are back) confirmed according to Iceland Monitor the delivery in June of a first A321neo, followed by two more at the beginning of July. The devices should be configured for « less than 200 passengers to ensure their comfort » (the maximum possible is 240), said CEO Birgir Jonsson. The origin of the rented devices is not specified.
Play’s first destination remains secret, even if a priori the six European airports announced 18 months ago would be confirmed (Paris, London, Berlin, Copenhagen, Alicante and Tenerife). The future low cost is also trying to hire three or four additional A321neos to launch flights to the US – probably next January.
The CEO of Play insisted that the number of passengers carried during the first year of operation is « not important », the low cost wanting to avoid too rapid growth. “Our strong financial position” will allow the airline to do things “right and measured”; it announced in April that it had raised an additional $ 40 million.