Low-cost flying to the USA may be coming sooner than we expected. WOW Air, the fast-growing Icelanding Low-Cost Carrier, is rumoured to be imminently announcing the launch of flights between Delhi and Reykjavík in the coming few days. The airline is very interested in connecting India to the US with their low-cost model.
Last year, WOW Air had confirmed their intention to launch flights to Asia when they will add their A330-900 neo aircraft later in 2018. They have 4 of these on order, and their first A330neo was indeed on the Airbus Final Assembly Line in April 2018.
WOW currently gets a ton of transatlantic transfer traffic, bringing America to Europe and vice-versa through their Reykjavík hub.
India-US has been a huge focus market for almost everyone who flies from India. Air India has a slew of non-stops between India and various ports in the USA. United has a couple of non-stop flights to Newark as well. And Emirates built a fortune on transferring Indian passengers to the Western world. About 4 million members of the Indian diaspora live in the USA, which is a large market to target for anyone who wants to be in the value end of the market. Do not forget the tourism aspect of it.
WOWAir is scheduled to hold a press conference in Delhi on May 15, so it may very well be them announcing their launch of service on that day between this city pair.
While IndiGo and SpiceJet are still at the planning stage, and IndiGo has received some approvals for long-haul flying, but no planes yet, WOW Air is most probably moving ahead on their plans to connect India and Americas via Iceland together.
Would you fly low-cost long haul? I sure don’t mind trying them if tickets were ultra-cheap!