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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.

All photos by Airbus.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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Wizz Air expands operations at Vienna

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXD (msn 7032) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938323.

Wizz Air has announced a major expansion of its Vienna operations. Following the base establishment with three aircraft this year, Wizz will deploy two additional Airbus A321s at Vienna Airport by March 2019, growing its annual capacity to over 2 million seats on sale.

Wizz’s offer from Austria will include nine new routes from Vienna to Nice in France, Keflavik (Reykjavik) in Iceland, Catania and Milan in Italy, Lisbon in Portugal, Madrid in Spain, Malmo and Stockholm Skavsta in Sweden, and Kharkiv in Ukraine. The newest WIZZ services will commence in February and March 2019.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM VIENNA

Destination Days Starts Fares From**
Catania Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 23 February 2019 29.99€
Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday

(Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday from 23 March 2019)

25 November 2018 29.99€
Lisbon Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 22 February 2019 39.99€
Madrid Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

(daily from 22 March 2019)

23 February 2019 29.99€
Malmo Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 22 March 2019 19.99€
Milan Malpensa Daily 22 February 2019 19.99€
Nice Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 22 February 2019 29.99€
Reykjavik Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 23 March 2019 49.99€
Stockholm Skavsta Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 22 March 2019 19.99€

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

Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXD (msn 7032) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938323.

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Wizz Air increases its fleet at London Luton to 8 aircraft

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXD (msn 7032) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938323.

Wizz Air, one of the fastest growing airlines in Europe, has announced further expansion at its London Luton base, with the allocation of a further Airbus A321 aircraft to its London Luton fleet in 2018. This addition brings the total number of aircraft allocated at London Luton to eight and the total investment to $860 million.

The additional aircraft takes yearly capacity on WIZZ’s lowest-fare routes from London Luton to 7.4 million seats, representing 23% growth year on year. Wizz Air’s diversified network of 47 destinations from London Luton offers its customers the opportunity to travel to many unique and exciting destinations across 23 countries with fares from as low as GBP 13.99.

Wizz Air is also pleased to announce that it will increase flight frequency on two of its most popular routes. Starting in April, flights to Kiev will operate daily, while flights to Bucharest will increase from 21 to 26 frequencies a week.

WIZZ AIR’S FREQUENCY INCREASES ON EXISTING LUTON ROUTES:

 

Destination Weekly flights From
Kiev 5 to 7 April 19, 2018
Bucharest 21 to 26 April 19, 2018

 

This announcement comes only two months after the airline announced massive expansion of its Luton operations, where it increased the number of allocated aircraft from one to seven and announced eight new routes to Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava and Lviv, Athens, Keflavik, and Bari. This ongoing rapid expansion demonstrates Wizz Air’s ongoing commitment to the UK, as it continues to deliver some of the most competitive airfares in the market to its customers.

Wizz Air’s sustained growth saw Wizz Air carry more than 5.5 million passengers on its low-fare Luton routes in 2017, an increase of 11% compared to 2016, making Wizz Air the second largest carrier at Luton Airport.

The arrival of the new aircraft will create 42 new local direct jobs, on top of the 180 jobs already created at Luton this year alone.  As a result of Wizz Air’s rapid expansion, Wizz Air is looking for enthusiastic cabin crew to join the WIZZ team and invites those who are interested in a career in aviation to one of several open days where they can find out more about a career with WIZZ.

Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXD (msn 7032) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 938323.

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