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Late delivery hits Primera’s Atlantic debut

LCC Primera will launch its first transatlantic flights with a replacement plane today, due to the late delivery of its neo aircraft.

Low-cost carrier Primera Air will launch its first transatlantic flights with a replacement plane today, following the late delivery of its neo aircraft.

The Riga-based, Nordic-owned airline will use a chartered Boeing 757 after its own new plane only emerged from the factory on Monday, TTG reveals, meaning there has not been enough time for crew training and certification before the London Stansted launch.

The replacement aircraft, which comes from US charter carrier National Airlines, will operate the route until an unspecified date in July.

Primera will start Stansted-Newark flights this afternoon, to be followed by Boston on May 18, Toronto on May 19 and Washington on August 22.

It will eventually use a narrow-body A321neo, which, with its extended range, can serve the east coast of North America from Europe at fare levels below those of major airlines.

“They won’t be operating the aircraft yet; deliveries have been slightly slower than anticipated,” a Stansted spokesperson commented.

Meanwhile, Primera said: “Airbus has delayed delivery of the first planes, which will result in slight changes in Primera Air’s May operations out of London Stansted airport and compel the airline to lease substitute aircraft to fulfil its commitments to customers.”

It added: “All passengers affected by these fleet delivery delays are being contacted by Primera Air customer service. Primera Air apologises for the inconvenience and is fully committed to providing its services to all passengers in compliance with the highest standards.”

40 planes
In related news, Primera says it plans to set up new bases as it reaches a fleet of 40 planes by 2021. It aims to add eight A321neos in 2018, ten B737 MAX 9s in 2019, and eight more MAX 9s and two A321LRs in 2020. It currently operates ten planes, mostly B737NGs.

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