Budapest, Hungary - Hungarian low-cost operator Wizz Air eyes direct flights between London and Dubai with the Airbus' newly launched A321XLR.
Wizz Air subsidiary Wizz Air UK cannot fly to Dubai from its London Luton base due to the flight range constraints of its current narrowbody Airbus jets.
Wizz Air flies to Dubai from its Central European bases only at Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca in Romania, Budapest in Hungary, Katowice in Poland, and Sofia in Bulgaria.
"We’ll connect the dots of our existing network, but we’ll be looking at new opportunities, too. The XLR will be delivered in four years, so we have plenty of time to work it out," airline CEO CEO József Váradi said during an interview with Bloomberg news agency.
Váradi also said his company had no plans to launch transatlantic routes even with the new extra-long-range single-aisle of the European aircraft manufacturer.
Wizz Air has converted 18 aircraft to A321XLR from an existing order of 50 A320neo during the Paris Air Show last month.
The Hungarian budget carrier currently operates 68 A320ceo and 33 A321ceo and three A321neo. The European operator has a further 72 A320neo, 181 A321neo and one A321ceo in its order book with Airbus waiting to be delivered over time.