Our story

WOW from the start

There is WOW in everything we do!

WOW air is a happy Icelandic low-fare, high-performance airline. The airline was founded in November 2011 and now connects over twenty destinations across Europe and North America. WOW air is committed to providing the cheapest flights to and from Iceland, and doing so with a smile and providing a memorable service all the way. 

WOW history

WOW air was founded by entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen, whose extensive business background is largely in technology and telecoms in Iceland, Europe and North America. WOW air is entirely owned by Mogensen, debt free. He sits on the board of many tech companies both in North America and Europe and was selected Business Man or the Year in Iceland 2011.

WOW air's inaugural flight was to Paris on May 31st 2012. In October 2012 WOW air took over the flight operations of Iceland Express. Only a year later, in October 2013 WOW air was awarded the Air Operator‘s Certificate (AOC) by the Icelandic Transport Authority.

WOW guests

WOW air has grown rapidly since its inaugural flight in 2012. The airline carried over 400.000 guests in 2013 and was the most punctual airline in Iceland that year. WOW air reached an important milestone in December 2014 when the airline carried its one millionth guest. WOW air's annual passenger capacity will more than double in 2016 to over 1.6 million, from approximately 740,000 in 2015.

WOW people

WOW air currently employs around 300 talented and hard working people. Most of them have extensive experience in the tourism and airline industry. Whether it's overseeing flight operations, helping customers over the phone, or keeping our guests safe on-board, there is a seasoned professional taking care of things.

WOW aircraft

WOW air operates four Airbus A320 aircraft, the choice of many of the world's leading airlines and a perfect fit for our short haul flights between Europe and Iceland. For our longer flights to North America, WOW air operates the Airbus A321, the largest member of the Airbus A320 Family. WOW air's California routes will be serviced by three new Airbus A330-300 aircraft, the first wide-body planes in the WOW air fleet, which will each carry 340 passengers in a single-class configuration.

WOW air is proud to be able to say that as of spring 2014, WOW air has the newest aircraft fleet in Iceland with the lowest emission. Planes are the cars of the sky and the same rule applies; newer planes burn less fuel which is better for the environment and your wallet, and they are more comfortable!