Nordic carrier Primera Air has announced plans to launch transatlantic routes from Birmingham, Stansted and Paris CDG next year.
The airline will offer daily flights to New York Newark from all three bases starting in April 2018, as well as four flights per week to Boston.
Services will be operated by Airbus A321neo aircraft, configured with economy and Premium seating, and with wifi access and the option to charge devices on board.
At the time of writing this would constitute the first time such narrow-bodied Airbus aircraft have been used for non-stop flights between the UK and the US. Earlier this year our consumer editor Alex McWhirter the possibility of a new-generation of single-aisle aircraft operating long-haul routes.
Primera says it will also announce two further transatlantic routes from new bases “by the end of summer 2017”.
The carrier’s forthcoming Birmingham-Newark route follows United’s decision to drop the route from this October. There are currently no scheduled non-stop flights from Stansted to New York or Boston.
Announcing the new routes Andri M. Ingolfsson, President and Chairman of Primera Air said:
“With our brand new Airbus A321neo airplanes, we will operate routes traditionally served only by wide-body aircraft.
“Owing to unmatched efficiency of these new-generation aircraft, we will be able to offer unprecedented prices to passengers from France and the UK to the US.
“At the same time, we are very excited to offer a product and service concept that merges low fares and high quality – perfect both for leisure and business travellers.”
Based in Denmark and Latvia, Primera Air currently operates flights to more than 70 airports in Europe, using B737 aircraft. The carrier has eight A321neo aircraft on order, and will be the launch customer for the A321LR. The airline also has an order for eight Boeing B737 Max 9 aircraft.