Maiden WOW air service from Iceland to San Francisco

The official opening of the new San Francisco service.

The official opening of the new San Francisco service.

Yesterday saw the first service by Icelandic low-cost airline WOW air to the US city of San Francisco – operated by the largest passenger jet every to fly a scheduled service from Iceland.

The maiden flight to the Californian city of San Francisco departed from Iceland yesterday afternoon. Passengers flew on one of WOW air’s three new wide-body Airbus A330 aircraft, which have a range of up to 11,750 km.

To mark the occasion, WOW air CEO Skúli Mogensen and CEO of airport operator Isavia Björn Óli Hauksson cut the ribbon at an inauguration ceremony at Keflavík International Airport yesterday.

The new A330 aircraft will also be used on WOW air’s second new West Coast route, Los Angeles, which gets under way next Tuesday. There will be five flights a week to San Francisco and four to Los Angeles.

WOW air's new Airbus A330s are fuel efficient and environmentally ...

WOW air's new Airbus A330s are fuel efficient and environmentally friendly, according to the airline's website. Photo: Sigurjón Ragnar

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