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Norwegian reports record high year-end traffic figures: Carried over 33 million passengers in 2017

Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air International) (Ireland) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 EI-FYC (msn 42825) (Jonathan Swift, Irish writer) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 940376.

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Oslo) has made this announcement:

Norwegian reported its highest ever passenger figures in a single year with more than 33 million passengers and a load factor of 87.5 per cent in 2017. The launch of 54 new routes and a substantial increase of intercontinental traffic contributed considerably to the growth.

Passenger growth, more new aircraft and high load factors characterized 2017. The company carried more than 33.15 million passengers in 2017, 3.8 million more than the previous year. The company took delivery of 32 brand new aircraft and launched 54 new routes, mainly between Europe and the U.S. The Group hired approximately 2,000 new staff members. The 2017 load factor was 87.5 per cent, compared to 87.7 percent the previous year.

Norwegian also received several international customer awards in 2017, including two SkyTrax Awards: ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ for the fifth consecutive year and the ‘World’s best low-cost long-haul airline’ for the third year in a row.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “The 2017 traffic figures show that our international footprint grows stronger, in line with the Norwegian Group’s strategy. Our Scandinavian operation is stable and positive, and we see that our long-haul and short-haul networks complement each other, consequently strengthening our competitiveness. Our growing long-haul networks from the UK and Ireland continue to be well-received by passengers, proving the demand for high-quality, affordable travel. Increased tourism creates economic value and new jobs at all the destinations we serve.”

Passenger growth in December

December 2017 was also characterised by passenger growth and a solid load factor. Norwegian carried 2,402,005 passengers in December, up 12 per cent from the same month last year. Both the capacity growth (ASK) and the traffic growth (RPK) were 32 per cent. The load factor was 84.6 per cent, the same as December 2016.

Norwegian operated 99.3 percent of its scheduled flights in December, of which 68.2 per cent departed on time.

In other news, Norwegian is bringing new Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 routes to Helsinki starting on October 28, 2018; Budapest, Ivalo, London Gatwick, Oslo, and Rovaniemi.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Norwegian): Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air International) (Ireland) Boeing 737-8 MAX 8 EI-FYC (msn 42825) (Jonathan Swift, Irish writer) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 940376.

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Belavia orders another Embraer 195, will replace its Boeing 737-500s

Belavia Belarusian Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) EW-399PO (msn 190000667) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 925546.

Belavia, the national carrier of Belarus, has recorded a 20% year-over-year increase in passengers and has ordered another Embraer 195 to keep up with demand.

The new airplane brings the total number of E-Jets in the fleet to seven – four E195s and three E175s. The latest E195 will be delivered in 2018. Belavia also announced orders for one E195 and one E175 at the Paris Air Show earlier this year.

The airline is updating its fleet and using its E-Jets to add frequencies on existing routes and to open new markets.

The new E195 will replace the airline’s current Boeing 737-500s (below).

Top Copyright Photo: Belavia Belarusian Airlines Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) EW-399PO (msn 190000667) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 925546.

Bottom Copyright Photo: Belavia Belarusian Airlines Boeing 737-524 EW-253PA (msn 26339) BCN (Karl Cornil). Image: 938676.

The Boeing 737-500s to replaced with new Embraer E-Jets in 2018

Where SAS passengers most want to fly to

"Frithiof Viking", delivered on September 25, 2015

SAS customers were recently invited to influence which destinations our Now or Never campaign should include and a whopping 11.000 people cast their votes over the December 1-3 weekend. We have again listened to our customers and are happy to present their favorite destinations in today’s Now or Never campaign.

So where do we want to fly away to? Swedes, Norwegians and Danes alike put the US high on the list. Top of the list of destinations voted by SAS passengers however was Tokyo.

At the same time, old favorites like New York and Miami – which SAS recently started flying to from Stockholm as well – came high on the list along with London, Alicante and Malaga.

Top Ten – Sweden

  1. Tokyo
  2. New York
  3. Miami
  4. Malaga
  5. London
  6. Alicante
  7. Palma de Mallorca
  8. Paris
  9. Barcelona
  10. Athens
Top Ten – Norway

  1. Alanya
  2. Tokyo
  3. New York
  4. Miami
  5. Alicante
  6. London
  7. Malaga
  8. Copenhagen
  9. Gran Canaria
  10. Barcelona
Top ten – Denmark

  1. New York
  2. Tokyo
  3. Miami
  4. Boston
  5. Malaga
  6. Rome
  7. Athens
  8. Barcelona
  9. London
  10. Paris

About the Now or Never campaign

Under its Now & Never concept, SAS passengers are offered flights to selected destinations at a special campaign price every Thursday from 6 pm to midnight (December 7 it is extended to last from 12 noon to midnight). The travel period is from January 1 to April 30, 2018 for all destinations.

Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKS (msn 1665) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 929854.

 

SAS adds weekly Stockholm – Miami flights

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 SE-REE (msn 515) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 905686.

Scaninavian Airlines-SAS, as planned, added weekly service between Stockholm (Arlanda) and Miami on October 29, 2017.

Copyright Photo: Scandinavian Airlines-SAS Airbus A330-343 SE-REE (msn 515) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 905686.

Airberlin operates its last flight

Airberlin (airberlin.com) Airbus A320-214  WL D-ABNQ (msn 6877) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 933101.

Airberlin, as previously reported, is closing its doors on October 27, 2017 and ended all commerical operations.

The last Airberlin revenue flight was flight AB 6210 from Munich on Friday, October 27, 2017. Airbus A320 D-ABHO operated the last flight which arrived at 11:58 pm (2358) local time.

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This video films activities on the last day of operations on a Dusseldorf – Berlin (Tegel) flight:

On social media, Airberlin had a short message:

The company started as an U.S. airline named Air Berlin USA (below). The first revenue flight was on April 28, 1979. In 1990, the airline became a German airline and the USA was dropped from the title.

Top Copyright Photo: Airberlin (airberlin.com) Airbus A320-214 WL D-ABNQ (msn 6877) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 933101.

Below Copyright Photo: Airberlin (airberlin.com) Airbus A330-223 D-ALPB (msn 432) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 932873.

Airberlin (airberlin.com) Airbus A330-223 D-ALPB (msn 432) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 932873.

Below Copyright Photo: Air-Berlin (airberlin.com) Boeing 737-86J WL D-ABAT (msn 29120) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 935316.

Air-Berlin (airberlin.com) Boeing 737-86J WL D-ABAT (msn 29120) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 935316.

Below Copyright Photo: Air-Berlin (airberlin.com) Boeing 737-76J WL D-ABLA (msn 36114) STN (Antony J. Best). Image: 901995.

Air-Berlin (airberlin.com) Boeing 737-76J WL D-ABLA (msn 36114) STN (Antony J. Best). Image: 901995.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Air Berlin USA Boeing 707-331 N763AB (msn 17676) MIA (Al Rodriguez – Bruce Drum Collection). Image: 925005.

Air Berlin USA:

Air Berlin USA Boeing 707-331 N763AB (msn 17676) MIA (Al Rodriguez - Bruce Drum Collection). Image: 925005.

Air France to cut 2,900 jobs and 14 aircraft, order for Dreamliners canceled

Air France (Paris) has announced it will eliminate another 2,900 positions and cut its long-haul fleet by 14 aircraft after a critical board meeting. The long-haul fleet is being reduced from 107 aircraft to only 93. The cuts are coming after management failed to reach a new agreement with its pilots union.

The cut positions include 300 pilots, 900 flight attendants and 1,700 ground staff.

AF will expedite the retirement of its remaining Airbus A340-300s.

The company is also canceling its order for 12 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Angry AF employees attacked company executives as they left the meeting.

Read the full report by rt.com: Read the Full Story (LRW)

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A340-313 F-GLZM (msn 237) arrives in Stockholm (Arlanda).

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SAS launches a new route to Hong Kong today

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) first departure from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Hong Kong takes off today, making it the only airline to fly direct between Scandinavia and Hong Kong. At the same time, SAS is reopening its lounge at Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport following extensive refurbishment, which will provide SAS customers with an even better experience.

The new route is SAS’s fourth direct connection between Scandinavia and Asia, and SAS is the only airline to fly direct between Scandinavia and Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of the world’s busiest airports and is the largest in the world in terms of freight.

Timetable Arlanda – Hong Kong

Departures from Arlanda on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on flight SK963 at 3 pm (1500), arriving in Hong Kong at 7.20 am (0720) local time.

Departures from Hong Kong on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays on flight SK964 at 9.05 am (0905) local time, arriving at Arlanda at 2.35 pm (1435).

SAS currently offers long haul flights from Scandinavia to New York, Washington DC, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

During 2016 SAS will open three more routes; Stockholm to Los Angeles, Oslo to Miami and Copenhagen to Miami.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A330-343 LN-RKH (msn 497) departs from the Arlanda hub in this winter view.

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Norwegian to launch London Gatwick – Boston service, expands in Spain

 

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian Long Haul) (Oslo) has announced it will launch four weekly flights from Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW) in May 2016.

Last month, Norwegian announced flights from Boston to Guadeloupe and Martinique, which will commence on December 3, 2015, with twice weekly service to both destinations.

Flights between Boston and London will be served by the new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline will start taking delivery of the new Dreamliners in 2016, with 35 seats in Premium and 309 seats in Economy.

Norwegian currently offers 25 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia with its current fleet of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners (above), providing more European routes than any other European airline.

Service from Las Vegas will commence on October 31, 2015; service from San Juan, Puerto Rico, will commence on November 1, 2015; and service from St. Croix, U.S. V.I., will commence on November 5, 2015.

Additionally, Norwegian will begin service from Boston, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and New York/JFK to Guadeloupe Islands’ Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport(PTP) and to Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF) on December 3, 2015.

In other news, Norwegian’s international expansion continues. For the first time the company launches domestic flights in Spain from the Spanish major cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga to the Canary Islands.

From October Norwegian will offer seven Spanish domestic routes between the mainland and Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura for a total of 56 flights a week.

From Madrid, Norwegian will fly daily Boeing 737-800 flights to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. From Barcelona it will operate several flights a week to Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Fuerteventura. From Malaga it will fly two flights a week to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Norwegian will offer 56 flights a week between the mainland and the Canary Islands starting on October 25.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EI-LNB (msn 35305) with Thor Heyerdahl on the tail lands at Stockholm (Arlanda).

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SAS expands the number of flights to the USA and Asia

Scandinavian Airlines-SAS (Stockholm) is increasing the number of departures to seven flights a week from Stockholm (Arlanda) to Chicago (Oo’Hare) and seven a week from Copenhagen to Shanghai.

The new departures are part of the SAS plan to expand its long haul fleet network that also includes opening all-new routes.

Earlier this year, SAS announced additional departures from Oslo and Stockholm to New York (JFK) and from Copenhagen to San Francisco.

SAS now announces three additional weekly departures – two extra flights to Shanghai and one more to Chicago. This means a daily service is now available on both routes. The improved services will coincide with the opening of the winter traffic program in late October and means that in winter 2015/16, SAS will offer 108 weekly departures between Scandinavia and the USA and 50 weekly departures between Scandinavia and Asia.

 

The new departures from Copenhagen to Shanghai will be on Mondays and Wednesdays. The new departures from Shanghai to Copenhagen will be Tuesdays and Thursdays. The new departure from Stockholm to Chicago and return will be on Sunday.

As of the start of the winter traffic program on October 26, 2015, the below five routes will all be upgraded to daily year-round service:

Copenhagen – Shanghai
Copenhagen – San Francisco
Stockholm – Chicago
Stockholm – New York
Oslo – New York

SAS offers long haul flights from Scandinavia to New York, Washington, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Beijing, Shanghai and Tokyo. In September 2015, SAS will open a new route from Stockholm to Hong Kong.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. SAS Airbus A330-343 LN-RKH (msn 497) departs from the Stockholm (Arlanda) hub.

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Estonian Air starts flying for Austrian Airlines

Estonian Air (Talinn) has started operating an Embraer ERJ 170 for Austrian Airlines (Vienna) for the summer season. The airline has issued this statement:

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Estonian Air has started cooperation with Austrian Airlines under the wet lease agreement. According to the agreement Estonian Air offers one of its Embraer 170 along with pilots and cabin crew to serve primarily Eastern European route network of Austrian Airlines from June to October 2015.

Being a cost-effective organization and operating with regional aircraft Estonian Air has been acting as a capacity provider to several major airlines. “We are happy to start cooperation with Austrian Airlines and looking forward to have a fruitful partnership for both sides also in the future. Thanks to our dedicated and flexible organisation we are able to provide high quality services at short notice,” said Indrek Randveer, CCO of Estonian Air.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 170-100LR ES-AED (msn 17000112) approaches the runway at Stockholm (Arlanda).

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