No fewer than 5 European airlines have collapsed since October. Here they are.
- Icelandic ultra-low-cost carrier Wow Air ceased operations on Thursday.
- Reykjavik-based Wow Air suffered through a challenging 2018 which culminated with the airline slashing 111 jobs and cutting its fleet size by half.
- Wow Air is at least the fifth European airline to collapse to since October.
Icelandic ultra-low-cost carrier Wow Air announced on Thursday that it has ceased operations. Reykjavik-based Wow Air suffered through a challenging 2018 which culminated with the airline slashing 111 jobs and cutting its fleet size by half.
In the first nine months of 2018, the airline's losses more than doubled, to $33.6 million from $13.5 million in the same period in 2017, even as revenue surged by 31%, to $501 million.Read more: Wow Air has shut down. Here's what went wrong, according to the company's CEO.
Still, the airline's sudden collapse took both its employees and passengers by surprise, stranding hundreds around the world.
"My heart broke into 100 pieces this morning when I got the news," a Wow Air flight attendant told Business Insider on Thursday. "I loved every single flight that I operated, even though it was sometimes a bit of a struggle waking up at 3 a.m. for a morning flight."
After launching in 2012, Wow Air became known for its brightly painted purple planes, no-frills in-flight products, and low prices. In some cases, the airline offered one-way flights between the US and Europe for as little as $49.
Unfortunately, the carrier's decision to acquire wide-body Airbus A330-300 jetliners and a move away from its traditional ultra-low-cost business model proved to be a mistake, Wow Air founder and CEO Skuli Mogensen told Business Insider in January.
Here's a closer look at those five airlines.