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Norwegian had 1.4 million passengers in November

In November, Norwegian had 1.4 million passengers, an increase of 37% compared to November last year. The load factor was 79.5% and routes to beach destinations in Southern Europe were particularly popular with a load factor of close to 90 percent from Norway.

Norwegian had 1,374,828 passengers in November, up 37 percent from November last year. The load factor in November was 79.5 percent. The capacity (ASK) was 2,122 million seat kilometres, while actual passenger traffic (RPK) was 1,686 million seat kilometres. In November, Norwegian operated an average of 64 aircraft and 99.7 percent of the scheduled flights were completed. Punctuality, as measured by the number of flights departing within 15 minutes of scheduled time, was at 90.3 percent in November.

Continued solid demand for air travel

“We are well positioned to respond to seasonal variations. We have adjusted our capacity to meet the lower demand during the winter season and have hedged a total of 15 percent of our estimated fuel consumption for 2023. Looking ahead, we continue to see a pent-up demand for air travel, especially to sunny beach destinations. We recently launched several new routes to destinations across Europe, and we are eager to welcome both passengers and new colleagues during what we expect to be a busy summer of 2023,” said Karlsen.

Norwegian is Norway’s largest airline and one of Europe’s leading low-cost carriers. Norwegian has 4,000 employees and is increasing its staff with additionally 750 employees across the company’s bases in the Nordics and in Europe for the summer of 2023. For the summer of 2023, Norwegian plans for a fleet increasing to 85 aircraft. This will allow Norwegian to offer more departures on the most popular routes, giving the customers even more flexibility as they plan their travels. Norwegian currently has 239 routes for sale in the summer period, running from March to October 2023.

Top Copyright Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) Boeing 737-86N WL LN-NOQ (msn 32658) (Kristian Birkeland) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 959602.

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Nok Air Boeing 737-800 veers off the runway on landing at Chiang Rai, Thailand

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Nok Air flight DD108 from Bangkok (Don Muang) to Chiang Rai, Thailand on July 30 with 164 passengers and six crew members ran off the runway (runway 03) on landing at Chiang Rai in a thunderstorm.

Everyone was able to safely evacuate the aircraft.

The flight was operated with Boeing 737-86N HS-DBR.



Top Copyright Photo: Nok Air Boeing 737-86N WL HS-DBR (msn 43420) DMK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 930744.

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Pegasus Airlines suspends flights to Russia

Pegasus Airlines (flypgs.com) Boeing 737-86N WL TC-AAO (msn 28619) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 957045.

Pegasus Airlines has suspended all flights from Turkey to Russia.

The company issued this statement:

“In accordance with the European Union Regulation No. 2022/328, sanctions and restrictions are implemented related to insurance/reinsurance, leasing, operations and maintenance services on flights to and from Russian Federation.”

“Due to operational risks under these conditions, all our flights to and from Russian Federation have been temporarily suspended as of March 13, 2022 until March 27, 2022.”

The airline flies to Moscow, St. Petersburg, Mineralnye Vody, Grozny, Makhachkala and Krasnodar.

Top Copyright Photo: Pegasus Airlines (flypgs.com) Boeing 737-86N WL TC-AAO (msn 28619) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 957045.

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Smartavia announces its winter schedule

Smartavia (Nordavia) Boeing 737-86N WL VQ-BBY (msn 36819) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954844.

Smartavia made this announcement:

We are pleased to announce that we have opened the sale of tickets for regular flights of the autumn-winter flight schedule, which will be valid from October 31, 2021 to March 26, 2022.

From Arkhangelsk you can buy tickets for flights to Moscow (Domodedovo Airport) and St. Petersburg. This winter, in comparison with the previous one, flights to the two most popular destinations among the residents of Pomerania will be carried out daily with an increased frequency: in Domodedovo – 2 times a day, in Pulkovo – 3 times a day.

Also in the autumn-winter schedule will continue to operate traditional flights from Murmansk to Moscow and St. Petersburg, from Syktyvkar to St. Petersburg, from Naryan-Mar to Arkhangelsk and St. Petersburg.

In the coming winter, most of the flights in the Smartavia route network will be operated from the Northern capital of Russia. Due to the increased demand and for the convenience of passengers on popular destinations, the frequency of flights will be increased compared to the winter schedule of 2021.

The number of flights from St. Petersburg to Russian cities will increase: Samara (14 flights per week), Kaliningrad (10 flights per week), Chelyabinsk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Ufa, Kazan (up to 7 flights per week).

For the first time in the winter schedule, travelers from St. Petersburg will be able to go direct Smartavia flights to Simferopol (up to 5 times a week), Mineralnye Vody (3 times a week), Anapa, Krasnodar, Tyumen, Perm and Orenburg (up to 7 times a week).

An increase in the number of flights from Moscow is also expected. From the domodedovo base airport, Smartavia will fly more often to Sochi, Kaliningrad, Simferopol, Samara, Vladikavkaz, Orenburg, Mineralnye Vody, Rostov-on-Don and Makhachkala. The number of flights on these routes will increase to 7 per week. Among the new destinations within the winter schedule will be flights to Novosibirsk, Saratov and Krasnodar. And also Smartavia will maintain the program of flights from Moscow to Ulan-Ude with a frequency of 4 flights per week.


Top Copyright Photo: Smartavia (Nordavia) Boeing 737-86N WL VQ-BBY (msn 36819) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 954844.

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Air Do and Solaseed Air to merge

Air Do's "Beardo Hokkaido Jet", introduced in July 2016

Air Do (Hokkaido), and Solaseed Air (Miyazaki), both backed by ANA, have announced the two companies have signed a basic agreement with the goal of establishment of a joint holding company by October 2022.

The two companies issued this statement:

“In order to quickly recover the damaged financial base of both companies, survive the new business environment, provide more added value to customers, and achieve sustainable growth…the … cooperative relationships between the two companies will be further deepened.”

Top Copyright Photo: Air Do Boeing 767-381 JA602A (msn 27944) (Beardo Hokkaido Jet) HND (Michael B. Ing). Image: 935474.

Solaseed Air Boeing 737-86N WL JA812X (msn 43402) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 926968.

Above Copyright Photo: Solaseed Air Boeing 737-86N WL JA812X (msn 43402) BFI (Steve Bailey). Image: 926968.

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JAL plans to invest further in Spring Airlines Japan to make it a subsidiary

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JAL – Japan Airlines wants to expand its 5% investment in Spring Airlines Japan to a controlling 51% or higher share.

The purchase of additional shares is expected to be accomplished in May.

Spring Airlines Japan (Tokyo-Narita) is a low-cost airline. It is currently 33% owned by Spring Airlines, a Chinese low-cost carrier, with the remaining shares held by Japanese investors including JAL. The airline began operations in August 2014. The airline specializes in bringing Chinese tourists to Japan.

JAL is eager to cash in on the expected return of Chinese tourists.

Read more from the Japan Times.

Top Copyright Photo: Spring Airlines Japan Boeing 737-86N WL JA03GR (msn 41272) HNL (Ivan K. Nishimura). Image: 922533.

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Smartavia to operate nonstop flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Yerevan

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Moscow Domodedovo Airport and Smartavia have announced the launch of direct flights on the route Moscow (DME) – Yerevan (EVN) – Moscow (DME). The airline will operate three-weekly services on Mondays, Fridays, and Sundays.

In 2019 the demand for flights to Armenia has significantly increased. In January-June 2019 passenger traffic from DME to Yerevan surpassed 220 thousand people, a 29% year-over-year growth.

Domodedovo Airport and Smartavia have been cooperating since 2014. In this period the partners have served more than 1.5 million passengers. Since the beginning of the year, Smartavia’s passenger traffic to DME has risen by 40%, up to 204 thousand people.

Smartavia’s operating performance numbers are growing due to the development of its route network. The airline has opened flights to Makhachkala, Mineralnye Vody, Orenburg, and increased flight frequency to Turkey.


Starting from June 2019, Smartavia carries out 15 weekly flights to Antalya and Dalaman. This summer the airline has launched four-weekly services between Moscow Domodedovo and Ulan-Ude.

Top Copyright Photo: Smartavia (Nordavia) Boeing 737-86N WL VQ-BBW (msn 36818) AYT (Arnd Wolf). Image: 946893.

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Flair Airlines announces its 2019/2020 winter schedule, staying closer to home

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Flair Airlines has made this announcement concerning concentrating more on the domestic Canadian market for the winter:

Flair Airlines announced its 2019/2020 winter schedule with low fare service out of seven Canadian gateways; Abbotsford, Vancouver, Kelowna, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto’s Pearson International.

Commencing on October 27, 2019 the new winter schedule sees a continuation of Flair’s recently introduced and highly competitive daily nonstop services from Toronto (YYZ) to both Vancouver (YVR) and Calgary (YYC). At its winter peak, Flair will operate some 146 flights per week utilizing its fleet which includes both Boeing 737-800s and 737-400s.

Flair’s 2019/2020 winter schedule from Oct. 27, 2019 – Mar. 27, 2020 features: 

From Edmonton Weekly Departures Days
to Kelowna 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Vancouver 10 Daily
to Abbotsford 5 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Toronto (Pearson) 7 Daily
From Toronto (Pearson) Weekly Departures Days
to Edmonton 7 Daily
to Vancouver 7 Daily
to Winnipeg 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Calgary 7 Daily
From Calgary Weekly Departures Days
to Vancouver 7 Daily
to Winnipeg 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Abbotsford 7 Daily
to Toronto (Pearson) 7 Daily
From Vancouver Weekly Departures Days
to Edmonton 10 Daily
to Calgary 7 Daily
to Toronto (Pearson) 7 Daily
From Abbotsford Weekly Departures Days
to Edmonton 5 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri, Sat
to Calgary 7 Daily
From Winnipeg Weekly Departures Days
to Calgary 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
to Toronto (Pearson) 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri
From Kelowna Weekly Departures Days
to Edmonton 4 Sun, Mon, Thu, Fri

Note: additional frequencies will be available during the holiday season.

Top Copyright Photo: Flair Airlines Boeing 737-86N WL C-FFLA (msn 36548) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 946357.

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Neos to lease additional Boeing 737-800 aircraft due to delayed MAX deliveries

Returned from Samoa Airways lease on April 1, 2019

The pictured Boeing 737-86N I-NEOS (msn 32733) has now returned to Neos from a recent lease to Samoa Airways.

Neos needed the aircraft back due to the missed and delayed Boeing 737 MAX deliveries. The grounding of the MAX forced Neos to change plans and to maintain in service the pictured I-NEOS due to the contracts already signed with tour operators in Italy for the busy summer season.

Neos is also leasing two additional Boeing 737-800s on short term leases to cover the shortage.

The pictured I-NEOS is being operated in this mostly ex-Samoa Airways livery.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Neos Boeing 737-86N WL I-NEOS (msn 32733) (Samoa Airways colors) BLQ (Marco Finelli). Image: 946385.

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SAS to launch a new seasonal Brussels – Tromsø route

Celebrating 70 Years of Flying

Scandinavian Airlines – SAS has made this announcement:

SAS will operate a Boeing 737 on the route on Saturdays from January to March. The winter period is seen as a particularly attractive time to visit Northern Norway, so SAS has reached agreements with numerous companies in the tourism sector to attract tourists to the “Paris of the North”, Tromsø.

“Northern Norway, with Tromsø as the jewel in the crown, is attracting more and more attention internationally for its stunning scenery and exotic environment, so in response SAS is improving its services further to meet demand,” says Karl Sandlund, EVP Commercial, SAS.

SAS is working with various companies, including tour operator Nordic in Belgium, in conjunction with this initiative, which is very relevant to the tourist market in the BeNeLux countries.

During the year, SAS brings several thousand tourists from Asia and USA to the region, and through this direct link, SAS is further improving connections to and from Europe. SAS is also finding that the direct routes from Copenhagen and Stockholm to Tromsø are popular traffic arteries for people flying from destinations across the Star Alliance network.

SAS expects to fly almost 100,000 passengers between Tromsø and Europe during the winter program, which extends from November 2019 to March 2020.

SAS operates a three-class system on its flights within Europe, SAS Go Light; SAS Go, which also includes a 23kg checked bag, newspapers, coffee and tea on board, and SAS Plus which offers additional premium benefits including complimentary lounges, Fast Travel security, premium check-in, complimentary food and drink and an additional piece of 23kg luggage and fully flexible tickets.

SAS operates a modern fleet, aiming to always offer the most sustainable way of flying, with the airline aiming to reduce emissions by 25% by 2030. Additional sustainable actions include SAS carbon offsetting all travel for its EuroBonus travelers, as well as those traveling on a SAS Youth Ticket, with a simple and quick option offered to all passengers who also wish to carbon offset their journey.

Note: SAS is increasing noting its involvement in carbon offsetting as “flying shame” increases in Sweden. Bloomberg details the decline in travel in Sweden with an article.

Top Copyright Photo: SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) Boeing 737-86N WL LN-RGI (msn 35646) (Celebrating 70 Years) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 939105.

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