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WOW air launches US sales for flights to India

The Icelandic airline will be flying between cities in the United States and India via Keflivik from December.

In just over three months, WOW air says it will launch its much publicised service between the US and Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India via Iceland, starting on December 5.

The Icelandic low-cost carrier is offering one-way tickets for the trip from $199, available for travel in the first three month of 2019, with higher prices either side of these dates.

It says its prices “will provide millions of Americans in seven major metro areas across the country an extremely affordable way to visit the lively city” of New Delhi.

These “metro areas” are Boston, Washington D.C. and Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Pittsburgh and St Louis will be added before 2019, the airline says.

“We are very excited to start flying to New Delhi in December,” said Skúli Mogensen, founder and CEO of WOW air. “It’s clear that there is a great need for affordable travel between North America and Delhi.”

WOW will use new Airbus A330neo aircraft on the Delhi route, which “are outfitted with WOW premium seats offering at least 37 inches of legroom”.

Best or worst?
WOW air was ranked among the ten best low-cost airlines in Europe at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Skytrax World Airline Awards and was the youngest airline in the list.

However, in June this year it was named “worst airline in the world” by AirHelp, a global flight compensation company, which published a list of 72 airlines ranked by service quality and other factors. It has also been struggling to raise funds this year.

As of spring 2018, it flew to 39 destinations across Europe and North America including Dublin, London, Paris, Berlin and Copenhagen.

Established in November 2011 by Icelandic entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen, the purple-pink airline flies with Airbus A320, A321 and A330 models, a fleet with an average aircraft age of two years.

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