Short but rich history
The plan to launch Wizz Air was conceived in June 2003 when six people with a wide range of airline expertise and successful track records teamed up with József Váradi, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. In just three months, Wizz Air was a registered company ready to fly.
The first flight took off on the 19th of May 2004 from Katowice. Today Wizz Air offers over 500 routes from 27 bases in the region: Gdansk, Lublin, Poznan, Katowice, Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland; Budapest and Debrecen in Hungary; Sofia and Varna in Bulgaria; Chisinau in Moldova; Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Tirgu Mures, Iasi, Sibiu, Craiova, and Timisoara in Romania; Kyiv in Ukraine; Prague in Czech Republic; Belgrade in Serbia; Vilnius in Lithuania; Skopje in Macedonia; Riga in Latvia; Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Kutaisi in Georgia and Kosice in Slovakia.
Following a decade of solid growth to become Central and Eastern Europe’s largest low-cost airline. Wizz Air successfully completed an initial public offering on the 25th of February 2015, and was admitted to the London Stock Exchange. The company is now listed on the LSE under the ticker WIZZ and employs more than 3000 people.
On its 11th anniversary in May 2015, WIZZ announced a full brand rejuvenation and new aircraft livery to respond to maturing traveller requirements, taking its place among Europe’s major airlines. WIZZ moved to a more vibrant, fresh, sophisticated look and feel. Few of the initiatives introduced in conjunction with the branding initiative were seat allocation, priority boarding, enhanced fare system, amongst many others.
Wizz Air was named 2016 Value Airline of the Year by Air Transport World, a leading industry magazine.
Wizz Air is a value-oriented airline focusing on innovation all along the way of the customer journey. Our aim is to make flying affordable for the citizens of the CEE, as well as to provide a new travel experience to all travelers in the EU.
The latest technology is deployed to ensure that the Wizz Air experience is outstanding both in terms of service and value for money. We offer a simple service model: ticketless travel, cost and time efficient secondary airports, single class all-leather seat configuration and catering on demand for an additional cost.
Our new, best-in-class technology aircraft is maintained by some of the most reputable companies, such as Lufthansa Technik. This enables the company to achieve a consistently high standard of service for travellers.
Airports and network
Wizz Air is continuously looking for opportunities to expand its network of destinations and provide low-cost air transport. We are committed to achieving the lowest cost base in the Central and Eastern European region and airport choice has a crucial impact. This is why we fly to a mix of primary, secondary and regional airports, providing friendly and fast customer service for low costs, which are reflected in WIZZ fares. We are in constant negotiations to establish a network of operations at more airports.
We believe that people make all the difference. Our team – both onboard and on the ground - share the same passion: the passion for the aviation business. The WIZZ team believes in high ethical standards driven by an excellent team-playing approach. Our airline employs dedicated staff from different countries all over Europe. Thanks to the highly committed, professional and multi-cultural management team, leadership and motivation is the driving force and a key success factor in the WIZZ way of conducting business.
Wizz Air fleet
Wizz Air has a young, single type Airbus fleet from the A320 family including A320s and an A321ceo. Wizz Air took delivery of its first A321ceo aircraft in November 2015 and will take over 20 more through 2018.
Wizz Air has an order with Airbus for 110 new technology A321neo aircraft with advanced systems and engines that will further reduce Wizz Air’s industry leading cost base as well as the company’s carbon footprint. All new deliveries are fitted with Sharklet wingtip devices.