Icelandic LCC WOW Air launched 3X-weekly Reykjavik Keflavik-Delhi (India) services Dec. 6, using a 345-seat Airbus A330-300.

The route is not only the first direct flight between Iceland and Asia; the carrier said it also provides the only LCC option for passengers traveling between India and North America by transferring at Keflavik.

Hlynur Sigurdsson, commercial director of Isavia, which handles the operation and development of all airports in Iceland, said there are 6 million passengers annually that fly between India and North America.

Indigo Partners, a US private equity firm that specializes in ultra-LCCs, emerged Nov. 30 as a potential new investor in WOW Air, dramatically changing the fortunes of the Icelandic LCC in the same week that an acquisition attempt by Icelandair collapsed. Indigo Partners and WOW Air reached an agreement in principle for Indigo to become a major shareholder.

WOW Air returned two of its A320s and two A330s to lessors to save costs and reduce capacity, leaving the fleet with 15 A320 family aircraft and only one A330-300.

Kurt Hofmann