Iceland-based ultra-low-cost carrier Wow Air has confirmed it will launch scheduled services from Keflavik International Airport to Los Angeles and Los Angeles and San Francisco in June.
Wow Air will lease three new Airbus A330-300 widebodies to operate five-times-weekly round-trips linking San Francisco with Keflavik from June 9 and four-times-weekly round-trips between Los Angeles and Keflavik from June 15.
Each A330-300 will be configured in a single-class configuration and will have 340 seats. Seat pitch will be 30 inches, but some seats pitched at 34 inches will be available to book for an additional charge.
The airline has announced one-way fares from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Iceland from $99, including taxes.
It is also offering one-way, one-stop fares from the two California cites to its 21 European destinations (which include London, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm) from $199 one-way including taxes.
Wow Air says its California-Europe connecting times at Keflavik will be as short as one hour.
Tickets on the California-Iceland and some California-Iceland-Europe routes are available for purchase from January 12.
The airline’s expansion to California follows its launch of transatlantic, one-stop services from 21 European destinations to Boston and Baltimore/Washington International Airport in early 2015.
Keflavik-based Wow Air has also announced it would begin flying to Montreal and Toronto in May 2016.
Wow Air offers one-way fares from $99 for its transatlantic itineraries.
The carrier now operates its existing U.S. services on a year-round basis and it consistently maintains load factors carrier loads of more than 90 per cent on the flights, according to Wow Air.
Wow Air was launched in November 2011 by Icelandic entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen, who remains the carrier’s CEO.
The airline’s annual passenger capacity will more than double in 2016 to over 1.8 million seats, up from approximately 840,000 in 2015, according to Wow Air.
Wow Air operates three leased Airbus A320 on its flights to Europe and four Airbus A321s on its Iceland-North America routes.