Wizz Air Launches Its First UK Domestic Service

Following a year of notable expansions across the United Kingdom, Wizz Air UK is launching its first domestic…

Wizz Air Launches Its First UK Domestic Service

Following a year of notable expansions across the United Kingdom, Wizz Air UK is launching its first domestic service in the country. The carrier will be operating new routes to Jersey from its bases this summer.

Fares for three flights on Wizz’ Airbus A320 family aircraft will start from £17.99 one way. Photo: Wizz Air

High hopes for the UK

Wizz Air UK recently told Simple Flying of the several opportunities arising in the UK. Overall, it has ambitious plans to conquer the low-cost market here.

At the end of last year, the firm shared that it was opening a base at Wales’ Cardiff Airport. This was the airline’s fourth United Kingdom base opening, joining the ranks of Gatwick, Luton, and Doncaster Sheffield. Now, the company is showing that it’s keen to keep the momentum going with domestic flights from two of these airports.

Two services to Jersey will launch from Doncaster Sheffield and Cardiff on July 9th. These will be twice-weekly flights operating on Monday and Friday.

Wizz Air
The wider company has been covering great ground across Europe and the Middle East. Photo: Getty Images

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A word from the airline

Wizz Air UK managing director Owain Jones spoke about the launch of this service to Jersey. He highlighted the wonders of the Channel Islands with this move.

“The Wizz Air UK team is working hard to ensure that summer 2021 is not cancelled, by continuing to provide low-fare flights to the destinations that our UK customers love to travel to. After an extremely challenging year we know that our customers are looking to get away for some sunshine and relaxation. Jersey has it all: uncrowded beaches, natural beauty and rich history,” Jones said in a statement.

“We are looking forward to offering our customers in Doncaster Sheffield and Cardiff, where we will soon open our new base, the opportunity to explore Jersey and the surrounding Channel Islands. The Wizz Air UK crew will be welcoming passengers on board our young and green aircraft to provide the excellent onboard service we are known for.”

Along with the natural sights, Jersey has an interesting heritage, which includes its importance during World War II. For instance, an underground hospital complex was built during the war.

Jersey, Channel Islands
Jersey is a self-governing dependency of the UK. Photo: Getty Images

A refined approach

Wizz Air joins British Airways with this Jersey focus following the flag carrier of the UK’s announcement of a new service from London City Airport earlier this spring. Jersey has long been a tourism hot spot. Notably, it was a focus city for Flybe, which also set flight to neighboring Guernsey. There are only a handful of places that British travelers can hop to with minimal restrictions currently amid the government’s traffic light system and overseas requirements.

However, since the Channel Islands are part of the Common Travel Area with the UK, Ireland, and the Isle of Man, passengers do not need to take a coronavirus test or quarantine on arrival in England. So, it’s not a surprise that airlines would be keen to ramp up services to Jersey amid the ongoing restrictions across the continents.

What are your thoughts about Wizz Air’s plans in the United Kingdom? Are you looking to fly with the carrier this summer? Let us know what you think of the airline and its plans in the comment section.

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Breaking: American Airlines & Virgin Atlantic Buy Up To 400 Flying Taxis

Today, both American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic signed deals with Vertical Aerospace to acquire up to 250 and…

Breaking: American Airlines & Virgin Atlantic Buy Up To 400 Flying Taxis

Today, both American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic signed deals with Vertical Aerospace to acquire up to 250 and 150 electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, respectively. Let’s investigate further.

American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic will buy up to 400 flying taxis. Photo: American Airlines

American and Virgin bet on flying taxis

American Airlines announced today it will invest US$25 million in Vertical Aerospace, a leading UK-headquarter business, developing eVTOL aircraft. The US carrier aims to help the development of emerging technologies that allow reducing carbon emissions.

Similarly, Virgin Atlantic announced today the purchase of between 50 to 150 eVTOL aircraft; the company will also explore the possibility of a Joint Venture with Vertical Aerospace.

These two announcements are huge and show the promise that eVTOL technology has as the future of urban transportation.

Avolon, the international aircraft leasing company, also signed a ground-breaking order for up to 500 eVTOL aircraft. The order has a price of approximately US$2 billion, said the company in a statement.

In just one day, Vertical Aerospace became the single most important player in the eVTOL market.

American Airlines eVTOL
Avolon also signed a massive deal for 500 electric aircraft. Photo: American Airlines.

What are the companies saying?

We’re entering a fascinating period in the history of aviation. Last week, we saw United Airlines signing a massive deal to possibly bring back the supersonic jet era. Recently, Embraer also announced an order for 200 of Eve’s eVTOL aircraft. Now, American, Virgin, and Avolon sign massive deals to acquire Vertical Aerospace’s new flying taxis.

Derek Kerr, Chief Financial Officer at American, said,

“Emerging technologies are critical in the race to reduce carbon emissions, and we are excited to partner with Vertical to develop the next generation of electric aircraft.”

Meanwhile, Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic CEO, said the possible Joint Venture with Vertical would bring short-haul, electric vehicle connectivity to cities and UK airport hubs. He pointed out some places like London Heathrow, Manchester, and London Gatwick.

Dómhnal Slattery, Avolon CEO, commented,

“Avolon is proud to be a launch customer for the VA-X4 aircraft, demonstrating our commitment to a net-zero carbon economy.”

He added this order would accelerate the inevitable commercial roll-out of zero-emission aircraft. Before the end of this decade, zero-emission urban air mobility will be possible, he foretold.

American Airlines eVTOL
Electrification will transform the history of flying. Photo: American Airlines.

Learning about the new VA-X4

Electrification will transform flying in the 21st century as the jet engine did 70 years ago, said Stephen Fitzpatrick, Vertical chief executive and founder.

Vertical Aerospace has created the VA-X4. This eVTOL is fully electric and promises zero emissions. It will be a near-silent aircraft with a range of over 100 miles. According to the company, it will be able to carry four passengers and a pilot.

The VA-X4 has four tilting advance rotors at the front and stowable rotors at the rear. It is capable of speeds over 200 mph (321 km/h).

Virgin Atlantic has said that this aircraft will enable sustainable, price competitive, regional connectivity. For instance, it will reduce the 56-mile journey from Cambridge to London Heathrow to just 22 minutes. Nowadays it is one hour 30 minutes drive by road.

Vertical Aerospace plans to have its first test flight of the VA-X4 later this year. The aircraft certification could come as early as 2024, and deliveries would start that year, said Avolon and American.

Are you excited about this latest development? Let us know in the comments. 

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