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Wizz Air, the fastest growing airline in Europe and the leading low cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, today announces its new and transparent baggage policy which is aimed at easing boarding for passengers and which guarantees all passengers to bring one free carry-on bag into the aircraft cabin on all Wizz Air flights, from 1 November 2018.

The airline’s historic figures show that more than 10,000 flights per year are affected by baggage-related delays. Figures also show that in the past five years the average length of stay at a destination has been continuously declining and by now every third Wizz Air traveller books trips for three days or less. As a consequence of shorter trips, WIZZ passengers pack light and smart. Every third passenger purchased a checked in bag while only every seventh passenger opted for the Trolley bag, which could be brought on board.

As of 1 November, every passenger is entitled to bring one free carry-on bag (40x30x20 cm) on board, while those passengers who purchase WIZZ Priority will be allowed to carry a trolley bag (55x40x23 cm) into the cabin as well. Based on customer feedback and the changing travel patterns, Wizz Air has introduced a 10kg checked in bag to facilitate comfortable travel experience with prices starting from as low as €7.

The airline’s new clear and fair baggage policy is the policy of choices for our passengers as it allows WIZZ customers to choose among more than 50 carry-on and checked in baggage variations based on their individual preferences.

Johan Eidhagen, Chief Marketing Officer of Wizz Air said:Passengers want unbundled products and that is at the heart of the Ultra Low Cost Model, Wizz Air applies too. We want to offer our customers the lowest possible fares as well as a transparent view into ticket pricing. By unbundling products and services, Wizz Air democratizes the way of travelling and allows for a pay-per-need offer.”

We encourage our passengers to pack smart and purchase WIZZ Priority, which includes a free carry-on bag (40x30x20 cm), a trolley bag (55x40x23 cm) to be carried on board, Priority check in and Priority boarding from as low as €5.

Bookings without WIZZ Priority made before 10 October for the travel period after 1 November 2018 will be upgraded with a free 10kg checked in bag, while bookings with a checked in baggage will be upgraded with WIZZ Priority.

Wizz Air believes that this transparent and clear approach to baggage policy will contribute to a more comfortable and quicker boarding, a better customer experience and at the same time enhance the airline’s on time departure performance. With more certainty that a bag can fit on board, and a new, wider selection of baggage size and weight options, customers now have an unprecedented assortment of combinations to choose from.

Johan Eidhagen added: “We are delighted to introduce our new, transparent and fair-for-all baggage policy which offers the widest selection of baggage choices for our customers, while allowing a free carry-on bag for every passenger. We are convinced that our versatile offer of more than 50 baggage combinations will address the needs of our customers in a personalized manner and our passengers will continue to pay only for those services they want to use. Starting 1 November we will make travelling more comfortable while continuously offering the lowest possible fares throughout our extensive network of 143 destinations in 44 countries.”

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Wizz Air announces major changes in Poland, drops Poznan

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWF (msn 3562) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943580.

Wizz Air has announced network adjustment and market optimization plans of its Polish operations to reflect changing customer demand.

On March 30, 2019, the airline will close its base in Poznan and add one Airbus A320 aircraft to its Gdansk fleet, allowing to launch four new services from the Pomeranian region.

Wizz Air also announced that due to high customer demand it will convert its Warsaw fleet to an all-A321 fleet, adding two new routes and increasing capacity in the Polish capital, and also add one new service from Wroclaw to Kharkiv in Ukraine.

Wizz Air has decided to adjust its Poznan network plan, close the base and take advantage of growth opportunities by reallocating the capacity to other Polish routes with higher demand effective from March 30, 2019. Wizz Air will continue to operate a number of its routes from Poznan, including the Paris-Beauvais, London-Luton, Eindhoven, Doncaster-Sheffield and Torp-Sandefjord services. All affected employees at the Poznan base will be offered opportunities elsewhere in the Wizz Air network.

As a result of the optimization, 7 aircraft (Airbus A320) will be added to the Gdansk fleet, expanding the network with four exciting new routes connecting Gdansk with Kharkiv from October 28, 2018 and Oslo, Kutaisi and Bremen, from early April, as well as increasing the number of weekly flights on popular routes to Aberdeen, Lviv, Gothenburg and Kyiv. The new aircraft will also facilitate the creation of more than 30 additional direct jobs with the airline at the Gdansk base.

Underpinned by strong customer demand in the region, by April 2019 Wizz Air will upgrade its Warsaw fleet to an all-A321 fleet, consisting of eight 230-seat aircraft and adding 11% more capacity to the airline’s operations from the capital, while continue to keep its fares low. The all-A321 fleet will contribute to a more efficient, more silent and more environment-friendly operations thanks to the state-of-the-art ergonomics of the Airbus A321.

The aircraft, which were allocated to Katowice and Warsaw for the 2018 peak summer season, will return to these bases for the coming 2019 summer season and remain part of the operations. In 2019, Wizz Air will have almost 10.5 million seats on sale on its low-fare routes from its eight Polish airports, which represents a 2.5% capacity growth year over year.

Wizz Air’s first flight took off from Poland in May 2004 and since then, the airline has constantly expanded its operations carrying over 63 million passengers on its low-fare Polish routes. In the first eight months of 2018, over 6.3 million passengers flew with WIZZ to and from Poland, 19% more than in the same period of the previous year.


WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM POLAND

Route Days Starts Fares From*
Gdansk-Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday 28 October 2018 PLN 39 / EUR 9.99
Gdansk-Kutaisi Tuesday, Saturday 2 April 2019 PLN 89 / 19.99 EUR
Gdansk-Bremen Tuesday, Saturday 2 April 2019 PLN 89 / 19.99 EUR
Gdansk-Oslo Daily 4 April 2019 PLN 89 / 19.99 EUR
Warsaw-Vienna Daily 28 October 2018 PLN 119 / EUR 27.49
Warsaw-Marrakesh Wednesday, Sunday 31 October 2018 PLN 189 / EUR 44.99
Wroclaw-Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday 28 October 2018 PLN 39 / EUR 9.99

 

WIZZ AIR’S FREQUENCY INCREASES FROM GDANSK

Route Days Additional frequency Starts
Gdansk-Aberdeen Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 2xà3x 31 March 2019
Gdansk-Lviv Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 2xà4x 31 March 2019
Gdansk-Gotenburg Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 4xà5x 31 March 2019
Gdansk-Kyiv Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 2xà3x 31 March 2019

*one-way, including taxes and non-optional charges

**ACI suggests creation of 750 on-site jobs for every 1 million carried passengers per year

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWF (msn 3562) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943580.

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Wizz Air takes delivery of its 100th A320 Family aircraft

Wizz Air, one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, has taken delivery of its 100th A320 Family aircraft, an A321ceo, at an event in Budapest Airport. The event was attended by Mr. Levente Magyar, Hungary’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. József Váradi, Wizz’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Andreas Kramer, Airbus Vice President Sales Eastern Europe and Central Asia, as well as Mrs. Jessica Villardi, Pratt & Whitney Regional Vice President, Europe, Russia & CIS.

“Wizz Air started to operate its first Airbus aircraft 14 years ago. Today Wizz Air has become a true success story, and we are proud to have played a major role in this journey, providing the most efficient aircraft with the lowest operating costs combined with unbeatable comfort in the widest single aisle cabin in the skies, ” said Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

The aircraft carrying a special livery to mark the occasion is powered by IAE engines and configured with 230 seats. It is also equipped with “Smart Lavs”, an optimised lavatory design providing more cabin length for more seats and improved seat recline for more comfort.

The aircraft will be deployed on WIZZ’s extensive regional and international network covering 141 destinations across 44 countries in Europe and beyond.

Wizz will take delivery of 268 additional A320 family aircraft over the coming years.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 14,000 orders since launch and more than 8,100 aircraft delivered. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. With one aircraft in four sizes (A318, A319, A320 & A321), the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 244 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

Wizz Air followed up with their statement:

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines and the leading low cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, celebrates a unique milestone as its fleet reaches 100 aircraft. To mark the event, a special livery on one of Wizz Air’s super-efficient Airbus A321 aircraft was unveiled in Budapest and, reflecting the ever-increasing importance of Wizz Air to the communities it serves, the Wizz Foundation was announced, focusing on four different areas: Health, Education, Child Care and Emergency Aid.

Wizz Air’s fleet has grown to 100 aircraft just 14 years after the start of operations, providing truly low fares to over 155 million passengers in total and making flying affordable for more people than ever before. Wizz Air will continue to develop its network and stimulate underserved markets with the lowest fares, as it drives towards its ambition of becoming one of the top 5 airlines in Europe. Wizz Air’s future growth plans are underpinned by committed orders for a further 268 latest-technology aircraft for delivery until the end of 2026, bringing the fleet to almost 300 aircraft, carrying 100 million passengers a year, supported by a team of 10.000 colleagues. A strong focus on digitalization will at the same time enable Wizz Air to become even more customer-focused as well as introduce further efficiencies into the business.

The Wizz modern fleet with an average age of just 4.6 years is an essential asset in the airline’s ultra-low cost business model, along with the features of the game-changing Airbus A321, the most efficient single-aisle aircraft flying. The larger number of seats compared to the Airbus A320 means that the Airbus A321 is more efficient and environmentally friendly, with the A321ceo delivering a 10% unit cost saving when compared to the Airbus A320ceo. By 2023, 75% of Wizz Air’s seats will be flown on an Airbus A321. A further step-change will start in 2019, when Wizz Air takes delivery of the first of 256 Airbus A320neo family aircraft, an aircraft whose next-generation technology engines will deliver a further 10% unit cost saving when compared with even the current Airbus A321ceo. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines, the most environmentally friendly and most quiet engine in its class, which will deliver a minimum 16% fuel burn advantage compared to the A321ceo.

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Wizz Air builds up operations in London Luton and Vienna

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXH (msn 7217) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 941506.

Wizz Air on Sunday, April 29, 2018 allocated a fifth Airbus aircraft to its London Luton fleet and launched two new routes to Athens and Keflavik.

The newly allocated Airbus A320 is the fifth of eight aircraft to be deployed at Wizz Air’s London Luton base by June 2018. This rapid expansion of Wizz Air’s operations brings a 23% growth year on year with more than 7.4 million seats on sale in 2018 for 47 routes available from London Luton.

Flights to Keflavik in Iceland, gateway to the Northern Lights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Flights to the Greek capital, Athens will operate daily.

In 2018 Wizz had already launched four new routes from London Luton to Bari (Southern Italy), Larnaca (Cyprus), Tirana (Albania) and Bratislava (Slovakia). In the autumn WIZZ will begin flights to Lviv (Ukraine) and Tallinn (Estonia).

This expansion at London Luton is part of the biggest operational ramp-up in Wizz Air’s history, which will see the delivery of 21 Airbus aircraft across its network in just 17 weeks. Only seven weeks in, Wizz Air has launched 30 new low-fare routes and deployed eight ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft across 11 of its bases. Three new destinations have been inaugurated in Wizz’s ever-expanding network; Athens in Greece, Kharkiv in Ukraine and the Austrian capital Vienna.

WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES FROM LONDON LUTON

Route Days Fares from*
Athens, Greece Daily £45.99
Keflavik, Iceland Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays £26.99

 

*One way including all taxes, non-optional charges and cabin bag

In other news, Wizz Air on April 27 celebrated the start of operations from Vienna, the newest destination in its network, along with the first flights on three new routes to Katowice in Poland, Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Varna in Bulgaria.

In addition, the airline has announced another new route from Vienna to Kyiv, Ukraine starting in October 2018 and now connects Vienna with a total of 30 destinations in 22 countries.

Finally, Wizz Air also announced on April 27 three new services from Kyiv to Berlin, Frankfurt and Vienna. The new low fare routes will be operated daily.

Wizz started operations from Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport in 2008 and after 10 years of successful operations, as part of its great expansion across Europe, the airline introduces three new routes Germany and Austria. Further diversifying its low fare network from Kyiv, WIZZ offers now 23 routes to 11 countries, including the services to Tallinn and Lisbon that will commence in June. The airline continues to invest in its local base, by allocating the third modern Airbus A320 this summer, a total investment of more than $ 300 million**, and employing more than 100 local crew.

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Wizz Air to add two new routes from Vienna

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYQ (msn 6614) TRF (Ton Jochems). Image: 941588.

Wizz Air on July 2 will start a new route from Vienna to Eindhoven. The next day, July 3, the carrier will start a new route linking Vienna with Malaga.

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Wizz Air signs order with Geven to equip 110 Airbus A321neo aircraft

Wizz Air Holdings Plc has announced that following a competitive selection process a new agreement was signed with the Geven Company. The airline is purchasing the brand new Essenza seat model, Geven’s latest innovation, to equip 110 Airbus A321neo that will start delivery in January 2019 and continue through a streamline of five years.

Based on current list prices, the value of the new order, placed with Geven is some EUR 44 million, although discounts have been granted to Wizz Air for this order covering 110 new aircraft. The new agreement will contribute to providing greater comfort for all passengers, as well as having a positive impact on the airline’s operations. The light weighted seat brings less fuel consumption, which reflects into a lower environmental footprint and further contributes to Wizz’s drive for even lower operations costs.

Essenza seat model created by Geven follows the fashionable Italian appeal enhancing the unique features of the Wizz aircraft’s interior design. The new model allows an easy passenger access with an increased knee clearance of 25% on average. The seats, in Wizz Air’s authentic cobalt blue color, will be covered with engineered leather, with an ergonomic shape and an ultra slim backrests. Furthermore, these lines are as aesthetic as functional, as the ample seat cushion and lower literature pocket travelers will enjoy even greater comfort on board of the brand new aircraft.

Photos: Geven.

 

Wizz Air to add Budapest – Basel service

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYT (msn 6683) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937280.

Wizz Air on April 20 will add the Budapest – Basel/Mulhouse/Freiburg route.

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