Top 10 low cost airlines on long-haul flights
At first, the plane was considered a luxury vehicle. Only those with money or those in high positions could enjoy the privilege of traveling by air. But aviation has developed, the number of airlines has grown, and the number of flights has increased, and the plane has become the safest means of transport.
With the advent of low-cost airlines, the plane was no longer considered a luxury. Not always low-cost means the cheapest flight, but for the most part you can travel at 9 EURO / segment fares.
At the same time, low-cost operators have opened the opportunity for point-to-point flights, from point A to point B, without having to go through an intermediate hub C. Mostly, low-cost operators have short or medium flights and provide connections. direct to many destinations.
Low cost airlines on long-haul flights
With the advent of low-cost operators, the pressure on the ticket price has increased considerably, and the large full-service players have had to adapt to the market, obviously without making any difference to the safety of the passenger.
And low-cost expansion continues on long-haul flights. For several years now, more and more airlines have appeared, which have chosen to position themselves in the LCC segment (low-cost carriers).
anna.aero made a ranking of low-cost operators on long-haul flights, which was taken over by upinthesky. A long-haul flight is considered a flight over 4500 kilometers. Ranking criterion: according to the number of long-haul flights operated weekly.
10. LEVEL - 42 weekly flights
LEVEL is a low-cost operator, part of the IAG group (British Airways + Iberia), which specializes in long-haul flights.
It has its main hub in Barcelona and flies to destinations such as: Punta Cana, Buenos Aires, San Francisco (Oakland) and Los Angeles. An ambitious operator with big plans for development in the coming years. Currently, the fleet consists of 2 Airbus A330-200 aircraft.
9. Lion Air - 60 flights a week
Lion Air is a low-cost operator from Indonesia, based in Jakarta. Lion Air normally operates point-to-point flights over short and medium distances. But the plan is to extend to long-haul flights. It has 3 Airbus A330-300 aircraft that it uses on long-haul flights.
8. WOW Air - 70 flights a week
WOW Air grows in one year as others in 7 years. In 2017 it reported an increase of 69% of the number of passengers carried compared to 2016. And the expansion doesn't stop there.
Wow Air has a mixed fleet of A320 and A330 aircraft. It flies from the base of Reykjavík, Iceland, to many destinations in Europe, but also across the Atlantic. Some long-haul flights are operated by A321 aircraft.
7. Azul Airlines - 74 weekly flights
Azul Airlines is a large Brazilian carrier. It has a mixed fleet of 126 aircraft, most of which are dedicated to short and medium flights. These include 6 Airbus A330-200 aircraft for long-haul flights.
Azul Airlines flies to destinations in North America, South America and Europe (especially to Lisbon).
6. Primera Air - 84 weekly flights
Primera Air is an airline that specializes in charter flights, but also regular flights to holiday destinations. In our opinion, this operator has no place in this ranking. But it may be an anticipation of what will work with 2018, when routes to the United States and Canada will be inaugurated.
5. Eurowings - 98 weekly flights
Eurowings, part of the Lufthansa group, is an air carrier specializing in low-cost flights. After the famous Germanwings plane crash, Lufthansa decided to merge the 2 companies under the Eurowings brand. Thus, this company operates short, medium and long flights.
It has a fleet of 101 aircraft, of which only 9 are for long-haul flights. This month, Eurowings received the first Airbus A340-300 in the fleet. He is an important player in the low-cost market dedicated to long flights.
4. Jetstar Airways - 104 weekly flights
Jetstar Airways is an airline operator specializing in low-cost flights, Qantas subsidiary. It has its headquarters in Melbourne, but also has secondary hubs in Sydney, Brisbane, Auckland.
The long-haul fleet consists of 11 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft. Flights to destinations in Asia-Pacific and the United States are operated.
3. Scoot - 108 weekly flights
Scoot is a low-cost airline and specializes in long-haul flights, a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines. He owns a fleet of 41 aircraft, the 16 of which are from the Dreamliner family.
From 2017, Scoot flies on the route Singapore - Athens, and from the summer of 2018 it will also fly on the route Singapore - Berlin. Scoot is a very good and cheap alternative for those who want to fly cheap from Singapore to destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
2. AirAsia X - 164 weekly flights
AirAsia X, part of the AirAsia group, is a low-cost airline specializing in long-haul flights. The main hub is located in Kuala Lumpur and operates flights to 22 from destinations in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, Europe and America.
It has a fleet of 22 aircraft type Airbus A330-300, which can carry up to 377 passengers in a configuration with 2 classes. The expansion plan is very aggressive, with AirAsia X having orders placed for 79 aircraft (66 x A330-900neo and 10 x A350-900). We hope to see them more and more in Europe. They have good prices!
1. Norwegian - 446 weekly flights
unquestionably, norwegian is the largest low-cost carrier on long-haul flights. Weekly operates over 440 for flights longer than 4500 kilometers.
From bases in Europe (Oslo, London, Paris, Stockholm, Rome, Copenhagen), Norwegian (through Norwegian Long Haul and Norwegian UK subsidiaries) flies to numerous destinations in the United States, Central America, South America, Asia and the Middle East.
At the same time, Norwegian will enter the Argentine market. Norwegian Air Argentina will be based in Buenos Aires. Initially it will start flying with a Boeing 737-800, but plans are to develop a large network of domestic and international flights, in line with the approvals of the Argentine government.
The battle will escalate in 2018 on the long-haul segment. Predictions on 2018 shows that low-cost carriers will strengthen their positions on short, medium and long flights.