Wizz Air is acquiring new types of aircraft that will be able to fly much longer distances than their current ones. The new jets will allow the Budapest-based airline to offer new exotic routes.
Okosutas.hu was one of the first to report that Wizz Air’s newest A321XLR jets are likely to be ready for service by the end of 2024.
As reported by okosutas.hu, the company already has a competitive advantage over its rival Ryanair with its high seating capacity A321neo aircraft. However, the latest type A321XLR will now also enable longer-haul routes. According to iho.hu, Wizz Air has ordered 47 of the new jets so far. These long-range, narrow-body jets will be capable of flying a range of 4,000 nautical miles, which is equivalent to 8,704 km. The airline’s objective with these new aircraft is not limited to long-haul routes. The plan is to maximise the number of seats on board, providing a total capacity of 239 passengers.
Iho.hu also reports on what Keri Krislen, Senior Commercial Manager of Wizz Air’s Emirati subsidiary, revealed about the latest aircraft types and the expansion in the East. Speaking at the Routes Asia conference in Thailand, Keri said they are already looking at the potential routes for the new aircraft. As he explained, they currently think that although it would be possible to use the new types from Budapest, they believe “the most opportunities are out of Abu Dhabi and the UK.”
He added that it is already certain that the first aircraft of this type will be delivered to these two countries. As for other countries, he said that nothing was being ruled out for the time being, and that the possibilities were still being analysed.
As iho.hu writes, Abu Dhabi and London are currently considered to be the most significant in the market. London Luton Airport is today the airline’s largest base.
Keri highlighted that Wizz Air will continue to focus on being an ultra low-cost carrier, with point-to-point operations remaining a major priority. However, he noted that one-stop connections are still being considered. The airline is looking at how these could be implemented in the best possible way.
He said that besides Europe, they also want to open up more to the Asian region. Thus the top new destinations will certainly be in Southeast Asia and in the Indian Subcontinent. Furthermore, potential destinations in Central and West Africa are also being considered.
Source: okosutas.hu, iho.hu
“Exotic”! Thailand, wow!
I’ve been told that MALÉV had flights to New York, Toronto, Tripoli, Tel Aviv, Beirut, and etc.
Why let the Gulf State’s airlines have the monopoly to some of the REALLY more “exotic” cities? Why not think BIG, like Singapore, Manila, Miami, the Caribbean, LA, Sydney. Maybe start with onece-a-week flights, advertise huge (in those places), and we’d have tourists coming out of our ears.
Hungary is unique, and most travellers seek unique places to holiday in.