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Yes, it's a tough time for low-cost airlines. A French airline (Aigle Azur), specialised in flights to Algeria with a few European and longer-haul destinations thrown in, just ceased operations last week.

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2995 posts

I would have to say I didn’t find the link extremely helpful as I don’t speak that language. Could we have a brief summary in English please?

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3098 posts

I wish I could post a movable 'head shaking' emoji. Not an airline I could trust or support.

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6511 posts

After reading a couple of the articles about WOW, I wonder if WOW flying in Oct is getting better odds at London bookmakers than Brexit happening in Oct.

WOW's plan to use both Airbus and Boeing planes makes no sense. For a small operator ( max of 10-12 planes per the press release) it would make much more sense to have just one type of plane to train for and service.

Once ( if?) they actually start operations it will take an intestinal fortitude I lack to buy a ticket for a flight more than week in advance.

It will be interesting to follow developments

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WOW's plan to use both Airbus and Boeing planes makes no sense. For a small operator ( max of 10-12 planes per the press release) it would make much more sense to have just one type of plane to train for and service.

The new WOW Air, I'm guessing, is doing the same thing it did before--wet lease aircraft. This means they don't own the planes but lease them. The leasing company will operate the aircraft and supply air crew, fight attendants, mechanics, etc.

When you fly a regional carier in the U.S.--Delta Connection, American Eagle, United Express to name a few--you are probably not actually flying with those airlines. Many of these flights are operated by smaller carriers under the larger carriers banner.

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2063 posts

Wow. That was quite an announcement and Q&A session with the media. Good luck to her executive team.

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I don't see a business plan, just a bunch of ideas thrown about. I had a friend who made the mistake of flying WOW once and never did it again. Air Canada was actually cheaper for LAX-EDI if you want to eat and drink, as well as having a bag that wont fit under the seat.

I fly on major carriers, just like I take RS tours. I dont want the cheapest, but the most dependable and best value for my money. In the US, Southwest, not Spirit, for example.

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2063 posts

I don't see a business plan, just a bunch of ideas thrown about.

I agree. When non-airline people dabble in the airline business, large sums of money tend to be lost.

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7327 posts

“I had a friend who made the mistake of flying WOW once and never did it again.“

I’ve flown WOW twice, and my son many more times, and we liked them very much.

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2063 posts

Susan,

I never flew WOW. My understanding, though, is that it was great airline when everything went as planned, but it was disastrous when things did not go as planned (e.g., mechanical problems that canceled flights). People were often given the choice of flying out 4 days later or were given a refund, resulting in them buying "walk up" fares on the major carriers.

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7327 posts

Dave, i agree, for any airline, if things don’t go as they should it’s really unpleasant.

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2063 posts

There was a difference with WOW, though, because of frequencies. In the spring, I was notified by Delta that my KLM AMS to ATL flight was canceled about 24 hours before departure. I called Delta and got placed on a Delta flight on the same route that departed 60-90 minutes later than my original departure time. Pretty much zero disruption to my trip.

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6445 posts

I liked when the old Wow paid my 1200 euro claim and for my hotel in Paris when they canceled our flight and did not have any for two days

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8730 posts

As Richard Branson said...."If you want to make a million dollars in the airline business, start with ten million."

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7327 posts

Frank II - Hilarious!
Yeah, 10 million and a record label...