Norwegian posts a pre-tax profit of $20.4 million for the second quarter

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Oslo) financial performance improved in the second quarter, reporting its pre-tax profit increased 68 percent to $20.4 million in the second quarter.

Here is the complete report by the airline:

“Norwegian (NAS) reported a pre tax profit of 125 million NOK, an improvement of 50 million from last year. This year’s result has been considerably influenced by the strike among the security staff at airports throughout Norway. The strike cost Norwegian 70 million NOK.

The company’s growth continues and increased by 15 percent in the second quarter. The number of passengers increased by 430,000 (11 percent). The load factor was 76 percent, down 2 percentage points compared to previous year.

By phasing in new and bigger aircraft to the fleet, Norwegian’s operation will become more efficient and competitive. In the second quarter, the company has saved 38 million NOK thanks to its more fuel-efficient aircraft.

So far this year, Norwegian has taken delivery of eight brand new Boeing 737-800s, while five will be delivered from the Boeing factory in Seattle later this year. At the same time, the older 737-300s are being phased out. Following the summer, the average age of the fleet will be 4.9 years. Norwegian’s fleet renewal program enables the company to increase its production considerably, as the new aircraft have larger seat capacity.”

Copyright Photo: Terry Wade. The older Boeing 737-300 fleet is shrinking with each new 737-800 delivery.