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Primera Air to cease operations tonight

Delivered on August 14, 2018

Primera Air (Scandinavia) issued this statement:

 

Primera Air and the IATA codes of PF (Primera Air Scandinavia) and 6F (Primera Air Nordic) have been suspended as of midnight (October 2, 2018).

On behalf of Primera Air team, we would like to thank you for your loyalty. On this sad day we are saying Goodbye to all of you.

Tour Operator passengers are kindly suggested to address their Tour Operators and Agents for further information and actions.

Kindly understand that the usual options for contacts (via email or phone) can not be offered any longer.

Sincerely yours.

Primera Air team

The growing airline had big plans for transatlantic low-cost flights.

The airline is filing for bankruptcy after it was unable to reach an agreement with its bank for this aggressive expansion. Operations will cease tonight at midnight.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Primera Air): Primera Air (Scandinavia) Airbus A321-251N WL OY-PAE (msn 8312) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 943427.

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Primera Air to launch trans-Atlantic flights from Madrid

Primera Air has announced next summer it will be starting nonstop flights from Madrid to Newark, Boston and Toronto:

Madrid – Boston – three weekly flights starting on August 17, 2019

Madrid – Newark – daily flights starting on July 16, 2019

Madrid – Toronto (Pearson) – four weekly flights starting on August 16, 2019

The new Madrid routes will be flown with new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 aircraft according to Airline Route.

Primera Air to add new routes from Frankfurt to North America

Primera Air has announced a new North American-European gateway: Frankfurt for next summer.

From New York, Primera Air will be flying to these major cities in Europe next summer:

The carrier will start Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 service from FRA to:

Boston – 4 weekly flights starting on July 17, 2019

Montreal (Trudeau) – 3 weekly flights starting on July 16, 2019

New York (JFK) – daily flights starting on June 16, 2019

Toronto (Pearson) – daily flights starting on June 21, 2019

All images by Primera Air.

Primera Air announces new trans-Atlantic routes from Berlin

Primera Air has announced another new trans-Atlantic destinatination – Berlin.

Flights to New York (JFK), Boston and Toronto will start in June 2019.

New York (JFK) daily starting on June 7, 2019

Boston four days a week starting on June 9, 2019

Toronto (Pearson) three days a week starting on June 10, 2019

All flights will be operated with the new Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 aircraft.

Primera Air to add three U.S. routes from Brussels next summer

Primera Air is planning to add three new trans-Atlantic routes from Brussels. The carrier will launch the following routes for the summer 2019 season:

Boston – four weekly flights starting on June 4, 2019

Newark – daily flights starting on May 9, 2019

Washington (Dulles) – three weekly flights starting on June 2, 2019

According to Airline Route, the new routes will be operated with new 189-seat Boeing 737-9 MAX 9 aircraft.

Primera Air previously announced an order for eight 737 MAX 9 airplanes, valued at more than $950 million at list prices. The agreement also includes purchase rights for four additional 737 MAX 9s and a lease agreement for eight more airplanes from Air Lease Corporation (ALC).

The 737 MAX 9 will form the backbone of the low-cost airline’s future for flights between Europe and North America. Primera Air plans to use the MAX 9’s auxiliary fuel tanks to lower trip costs and maximize the range to accommodate flights connecting Europe to the east coast of the U.S.

Image: Boeing.

Primera Air takes delivery of its first Airbus A321neo

Primera Air, a low-fare Nordic airline, has taken delivery of its first Airbus A321neo at an event in Hamburg, Germany attended by Andri Már Ingólfsson, CEO and President of Primera Travel Group and Kimon Sotiropoulos, Vice President Sales Northern and Central Europe  from Airbus.

The aircraft, the pictured A321-251N WL OY-PAA (msn 8145), which was assembled in Hamburg, is the first of three A321neos to be leased from GECAS in 2018. Primera Air will also lease a further five A321neos from other lessors, including two A321LRs, growing its fleet to eight aircraft in 2018.

The aircraft, powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines features a two-class layout with 16 premium and 182 economy seats. The aircraft was selected by Primera Air for its outstanding operational efficiency, comfort and range. The aircraft will be deployed in the United Kingdom and France on transatlantic destinations to North America.

The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers, depending on cabin configuration. Incorporating the latest engines, aerodynamic advances and cabin innovations, the A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of at least 15 percent per seat from day one and 20 percent by 2020.

About Primera

Primera Air is a low-fare Nordic airline that offers scheduled flights from Europe to more than 70 destinations across the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, Caribbean and North America. Originally founded in Iceland in 2004 as a charter provider, Primera Air has grown to become a fully scheduled LCC that now carries over one million passengers each year. Initially, Primera Air operated charter flights for major Scandinavian tour operators with its main hubs in Denmark and Sweden, but gradually it has moved towards scheduled services. Today, Primera Air operates mid and long-haul flights from its bases in Scandinavia, UK and France.

Photo: Airbus.

Primera Air issued this statement:

Nordic long-haul low-fare airline Primera Air has received the first Airbus A321neo in a special delivery event in Hamburg on April 16. The aircraft has already made its first flights from Hamburg to Copenhagen and Billund before leaving to the UK where it soon will start operations to New York, Boston and Toronto. 

Primera Air president Andri Már Ingólfsson: “We are witnessing changes in aviation as long-haul flights are becoming more available to everyone. This change is brought by the new narrow body aircraft as A321neo and we are proud to operate it on our transatlantic flights.” This is the first of three A321neos to be leased from GECAS in 2018. Primera Air will also lease a further five A321neos from other lessors, including two A321LRs, growing its fleet to eight aircrafts in 2018. Primera Air will be the launch operator of A321LR, which is a modification of A321neo with even more extended flight range.

The aircraft is powered by CFM Leap-1A engines that allows to reach flight range of 4,000 nm. A321neo will have a two class layout with 16 premium and 182 economy seats. Meanwhile, the A321LR will be delivered later this year and recently it already had its maiden flight.  According to Airbus it will set a new flight record for single-aisle twin jets of 4,750 nm.

As previously announced, Primera Air is opening new bases in Birmingham (BHX), London Stansted (STN) and Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to commence flights to New York, Boston, Washington DC and Toronto this spring, along with new routes from UK to Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Alicante, Barcelona and Chania. Within the next two years Primera Air plans to increase its presence on current bases and to add new transatlantic routes and bases as it has 20 new Boeing MAX 9 ER on order.

Primera Air to start new service to Newark and Boston using leased Boeing 757s

Primera Air previously announced the opening of three new departure points in Europe: London (Stansted, STN), Paris (Charles de Gaulle, CDG) and Birmingham (BHX) for flights to Newark and Boston starting in April 2018.

According to Airline Route, Primera Air will commence the London (Stansted) – Newark route on April 19. This will be followed by London (Stansted) – Boston service starting on May 18.

Primera Air is planning to wet lease Boeing 757 aircraft from Thomas Cook for the new routes due to delivery delays of the new Airbus A321neo aircraft.