Primera Air once showed such potential. After years as a charter and holiday operator with its origins in Iceland and Scandinavia, it emerged as one of the new breed of low-cost long-haul airlines offering cheap fares across the Atlantic with a brand new fleet of Airbus A321neos.
These aircraft were capable of linking cities in Europe with those in North America at significantly lower operating costs than traditional aircraft.
The airline was flying out of London Stansted and Paris, and had plans to introduce long-haul flights from many other airports across Europe.
Primera Air was also a busy operator of low-cost leisure flights with a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft to popular holiday destinations.
Sadly the airline couldn’t keep going when costs mounted and delays in receiving its new aircraft meant it couldn’t operate flights as early as planned.
So what happened to Primera Air’s aircraft following its demise? Here’s a list of their current locations…
- OY-PAA – Now flying for TAP Portugal as CS-TJM.
- OY-PAC – Parked at Newquay, UK. To become VN-A589 with Bamboo Airways.
- OY-PAD – Parked at Paris CDG. For Alitalia as I-….
- OY-PAE – Parked at Newquay, UK. To become VN-A591 with Bamboo Airways.
- OY-PAF – Now flying for TAP Portugal as CS-TJN.
- YL-PSF – Parked at St. Athan, registered 2-RLBB, UK. For scrap?
- YL-PSG – Parked at Kansas City, MO, registered OE-IHX.
- OY-PSA – Now flying for Enter Air as SP-ESE.
- OY-PSE – Stored at Shannon, Ireland.
- OY-PSJ – Now flying for Flair Airlines as C-FFLA.
- YL-PSB – Now flying for Jet2 as G-DRTT.
- YL-PSC – Being converted to freighter at Astana, Kazakhstan.
- YL-PSD – Now flying for Jet2 as G-DRTW.
- YL-PSH – Now flying for Jet2 as G-DRTU.
- YL-PSI – Stored at Phoenix Goodyear, AZ.
These details are correct as of April 2019.