If evidence was needed of the mish-mash of aircraft being used by Primera Air on its fledgling transatlantic network, then this image from FlightRadar24 is the smoking gun. While its factory-fresh first A321neo is flying some of its operations from London Stansted, including the Boston route launched this week, it is using a National Airlines 757-200 from Birmingham and a euroAtlantic Airways 767-300 from Paris CDG on its services to New York Newark.
- Primera Air, which is venturing into the combative transatlantic market this summer, has added three new routes from three different bases, all launching on 18 May. Utilising a leased 757-200 from US charter carrier National Airlines, the airline started a six times weekly operation from Birmingham (BHX) to New York Newark (EWR). Using the carrier’s single A321neo presently available for commercial flying, Primera commenced the four times weekly route from London Stansted (STN) to Boston (BOS). Neither of these routes faces any direct competition. The final sector of the transatlantic trio launched was from Paris CDG (CDG) to Newark. With incumbents United Airlines (12 times weekly) and Delta Air Lines (five) already operating this airport pair, Primera’s passengers will (at least in the short-term) be stepping on board a leased euroAtlantic Airways 767-300 to take them to New York on a daily basis.