New Icelandic startup PLAY to debut in June 2021
Counting the last days until its debut in Europe, the newest Icelandic startup airline PLAY will try to conquer the European low-cost market.
The new Icelandic airline will start its operations by launching seven flights to European cities with a debut flight to London Stansted Airport (STN) due on June 24, 2021. PLAY already noted that early destinations would include cities such as Paris, Copenhagen, Alicante, Berlin, and Tenerife.
PLAY will begin operations with its Airbus A321neo narrow-body aircraft, which is arriving in Iceland in early June 2021. The following two Airbus A321neos will be delivered in July 2021. Airbus A321neo aircraft has a range of 7,400 km and can seat up from 180 to 220 passengers depending on the aircraft configuration.
With a fleet of Airbus A321neo aircraft, the Icelandic airline would be able to conduct long-haul operations in the future. The new startup airline has outlined plans to expand across the Atlantic if the debut in the European market is successful, according to Bloomberg. The new air carrier is planning to raise as much as $20 million to fund the routes from Europe to the United States.
On May 16, 2021, the Icelandic Transport Authority (ITA) granted PLAY an Air Operators Certificate (AOC), the approval to operate aircraft for commercial purposes.
“We have the best people who have shown tremendous strength over a period of almost two years. It is a long time which we have used well to prepare the low-cost airline for a turnaround in tourism in Iceland. To future clients of PLAY I want to say this; we look forward to welcoming you on board our modern and efficient aircraft,” CEO of PLAY Birgir Jónsson said.
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