Eight months after the bankruptcy of WOW Air, the new low-cost airline Play has unveiled a program of six destinations in Europe, including Paris, flights to four cities in North America to follow later in 2020.
The bankruptcy last March of WOW Air will not have left Iceland too long without a specialist in cheap flight: headed by his former VP Operations Arnar Mar Magnusson, the new company initially under the name WAB Air (« we are back » we are back) hopes to get his AOC quickly, and start his operations at Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport. Play is expected to fly to London, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Alicante, and Tenerife, according to the CEO’s statements at a news conference reported by The Icelandic Review, with no further details on the airports emptied or the number of frequencies considered. In North America, Play will initially target four destinations, which should see the light of day next year.
Play’s fleet, with its red livery (not to be confused with the WOW rose?), Will initially have two Airbus Airbus A321, whose provenance remains unknown; four others are expected to join in May 2020, two more in May 2021 and two more the following year. This fleet of ten planes could include Airbus A320 but will not include any large carrier, unlike WOW Air whose use of Airbus A330 was found to be partly responsible for the bankruptcy – in addition to a too-rapid expansion.