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Norwegian recruits 150 crew members in Finland – reopens base in Helsinki

"Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Norwegian writer"

As part of the preparations for the summer season, Norwegian has started recruitment of more than 150 air crew that will be based at Helsinki Airport HEL. Approximately 100 cabin crew and 50 pilots will be ready to operate 27 of Europe’s most popular destinations that the company will service from Helsinki Airport during the summer season.

The newly hired crew start working on a rolling basis over the coming months – March, April and May – as they undergo the necessary trainings before they can welcome the passengers onboard as part of their active duty. The 150 will be the first air crew with Norwegian based in Helsinki since April 2020 when the pandemic hit the global aviation industry. Norwegian received almost 2000 applications for the open positions.

Since June 2021 and the first lifting of travel restrictions, the rate of employment has been high at Norwegian and the company has reopened bases in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim.

In March 2022, Norwegian services 14 routes from Helsinki HEL, including the two domestic routes to Oulo and Rovaniemi. During the summer season Norwegian will gradually scale up almost doubling the number of available routes to a total of 27 of Europe’s most popular destinations directly from Helsinki Airport at the peak of the summer.

Top Copyright Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-DYB (msn 39163) (Bjornstjerne Bjornson, Norwegian writer) OSL (Ton Jochems). Image: 957115.

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Flyr continues to expand its route map

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2021

Flyr (Oslo) will add new routes to Billund, Edinburgh, Pisa, Prague and Stockholm (Arlanda).

The new airline also issued a traffic report for January:

Market strongly affected by the Omicron situation and government restrictions.

Flyr had a total of 30.042 guests travelling to 13 destinations in January. Flyr’s total production was adjusted in line with the reduced demand for airline travels caused by the increase in the spread of Omicron and the restrictions implemented by the government in December.

Total capacity in January, with on average 3 aircraft in operation, was 53.5 mill ASK (available seat kilometers), with a load factor of 53.7%.

  • The recommendation of home office and the newly implemented social restrictions immediately affected the aviation industry and led to a substantial reduction in customer bookings, in particular for January. Considering this situation, we are very satisfied with the load factor we achieved during the month, says Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid, CEO of Flyr.

Unit revenue (PASK) in January was NOK 0.24, equal to average PASK from first flight in June 2021.

Flyr had a regularity in operations of 97.6 % and punctuality of 72.0 %. The development in punctuality is influenced by the winter storms during the month.

Flyr was established during the Covid-19 pandemic with the aim to build a sustainable and profitable business model by adapting and scaling production to meet the needs of the market. Expansion plans and the route network will be adjusted continuously depending on the pandemic situation.

The airline is currently operating five aircraft on domestic routes in Norway and to European destinations. The company plans to have 12 to 18 aircraft in operation by the end of 2022.

Top Copyright Photo: Flyr Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-DYI (msn 40866) GVA (Corentin Altherr). Image: 956747.

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Jeju Air to operate cargo flights to survive the COVID-19 pandemic

Delivered as HL8304 on February 26, 2018

Jeju Air announced today it will operate cargo flights for the first time in order to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The airline currently operates 39 Boeing 737-800s.

Jeju Air operates 84 routes, including the Gimpo-Jeju route, the world’s most frequently traveled aviation route, and routes to 49 destinations in the Asia-Pacific, including Japan, China, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Guam, Saipan, Russia, and Laos. As of August 202, JejuAir is a 3,200-employee operation, with flights operating mainly out of Gimpo Airport and Incheon Airport in Korea.

Top Copyright Photo: Jeju Air Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-NOT (HL8304) (msn 37816) QLA (Antony J. Best). Image: 941149.

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Flybondi starts flights to the southernmost city in the world

Flybondi (flybondi.com) Boeing 737-8JP WL EI-FJG (LV-HXQ) (msn 37818) QLA (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 949353.

Flybondi on January 15, 2022 launched a new route from its Buenos Aires hub at Ezeiza International Airport to Ushuaia in the province of Tierra del Fuego in southern Argentina.

The flight arrived Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport (below).

Ushuaia is the southernmost city in the world and is a gateway for Antarctica.

The new route will operate three days a week.

Flybondi operates from both Aeroparque (AEP) and Ezeiza (EZE) airports in Buenos Aires.

Flybondi’s Boeing 737-800 fleet is back to five aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Flybondi (flybondi.com) Boeing 737-8JP WL EI-FJG (LV-HXQ) (msn 37818) QLA (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 949353.

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Norwegian reports a positive passenger traffic trend in June

Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer

Norwegian’s traffic figures for June continue to be heavily influenced by travel restrictions and therefore low demand. However, forward bookings and demand continue to show a positive increase as a greater number of markets unlock and ease restrictions. In July, the number of aircraft and routes will gradually increase.

In June, 225 509 passengers flew with Norwegian, which is approx. 100 percent more than at the same time last year. Compared with June 2020, the total capacity (ASK) has increased by 182 percent and passenger traffic (RPK) up 102 percent. The load factor in June was 62.9 percent, a decrease of 25 percentage points compared with last year.

“June traffic results still show the impact of low demand due to reduced flying schedules and government imposed travel restrictions. However, we have seen a continued month on month increase in bookings as countries ease restrictions. As a result, we have resumed flights to a number of key European destinations, we will continue to adjust and increase our network and schedules as demand rises.” Said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

Norwegian operated 15 aircraft in June. During the month the company operated 99.9 percent of its scheduled flights, with 94.1 percent departing on time.

Top Copyright Photo: Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air Sweden) Boeing 737-8JP WL SE-RRF (msn 39004) (Fridtjof Nansen, Norwegian explorer) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 954104.

Norwegian: Travel restrictions continue to impact operations in April

"Jean Sibelius. Finnish composer"

Norwegian Air Shuttle issued this report:

Norwegian’s traffic figures for April are impacted by government travel restrictions and therefore low demand.

In April 59431 customers flew with Norwegian, an increase of approximately 18000 compared to the same period last year. The capacity (ASK) was down 7 percent, and the total passenger traffic (RPK) was up by 115 percent.

The load factor was 42.2 percent, up 24 percentage points, compared to April last year.

“The pandemic and international travel restrictions continue to impact our traffic results when compared to the same period last year despite the percentage increases. However, as the reopening of borders in Norway and across Europe progresses, we are confident that we will continue to see a gradual increase in year on year traffic. We continuously adjust our operations to changes in demand.” Said Jacob Schram, CEO of Norwegian.

Norwegian operated ten aircraft in April, mainly on domestic routes in Norway. The company operated 97.7 percent of its scheduled flights in April, whereof 97.8 percent departed on time.

Top Copyright Photo: Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air Sweden) Boeing 737-8JP WL SE-RRZ (msn 42083) (Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer) PAE (Nick Dean). Image: 953561.

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Norwegian sells two Airbus A320neo aircraft, launches an upgraded WiFi service on European flights

"Aksel Sandemose, Norwegian author"

Norwegian has made this announcement:

Arctic Aviation Assets, a subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, has signed an agreement for sale of two Airbus 320neo aircraft.

The aircraft are currently leased out and thus not operated by the Company. Delivery will take place during February 2019. The transaction is expected to increase the Company’s liquidity by $26 million after repayment of debt and have a positive equity effect. Sale proceeds will be used to repay debt and to increase the Company’s liquidity.

The sale is in line with the Company’s strategy of capitalizing on the scale built up over the last few years and the changed focus from growth to profitability. This announcement is an extension of the information provided in the stock exchange announcement “Norwegian strengthens its balance sheet through a fully underwritten rights issue of NOK 3 billion” on 29 January, where sale of aircraft was highlighted as a measure to reduce capital expenditures, in addition to postponement of aircraft deliveries.

In other news, Norwegian is continuing to enhance the passenger experience by commencing the rollout of new and improved inflight WiFi connectivity onboard the airline’s Boeing 737-800 fleet.

Norwegian, named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline by SkyTrax, was the first airline to offer passengers free in-flight WiFi on all European flights in 2011. The airline became the first to introduce live television over the skies of Europe in 2015 and in 2018 it took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner equipped with inflight WiFi. Norwegian became the first low-cost airline to offer customers free WiFi for the full duration of intercontinental flights.

Today, Norwegian has launched an upgraded WiFi experience on its Boeing 737-800 aircraft as part of improving the customer experience. Norwegian operates Boeing 737-800 aircraft on intra-European routes, routes connecting Europe with North Africa, Middle East and on flights between the USA and French Caribbean.

Norwegian will gradually roll out the new Premium WiFi service across its Boeing 737-800 fleet and expects to complete the rollout in mid-February 2019.

Three Wi-Fi packages available

Customers travelling on a Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the new Premium Wi-Fi service available will have a selection of three packages – SURF, the free option and two paid options, SOCIAL+SURF and STREAM+SURF, both offering faster speeds.

  • SURF – Available for free, delivers web browsing, email and text-based messaging
  • SOCIAL+SURF – Provides faster web browsing, access to email and all social media. Available for €5 per device. (Pricing may be subject to change.)
  • STREAM+SURF – Offers faster web browsing, email access and social media in addition to the ability to stream TV shows, movies and music content on services such as Netflix, YouTube and Spotify among others. Available for €12 per device. (Pricing may be subject to change.)

Norwegian recently started introducing WiFi to its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and Boeing 737 MAX fleet. Here, customers have two choices – Basic free Wi-Fi for the full duration of long-haul flights and a premium high-speed option, fast enough to stream television shows and movies.

Norwegian expects to have the rollout of WiFi completed on 50 percent of its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft by 2020.

Norwegian operates a young fleet of more than 160 aircraft with an average age of 3.7 years.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-DYP (msn 39047) (Aksel Sandemose, Norwegian author) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 945580.

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Norwegian to expand operations in Finland

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-DYH (msn 40865) (Soren Kiergaard) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 911080.

Norwegian Air Shuttle has made this announcement:

Norwegian continues to grow and expand the number of flights to a number of popular European summer destinations from Helsinki-Vantaa. The capacity increase means that Finnish travelers get even more choices next summer as the number of seats increased by 15 percent.

In 2018 Norwegian will add 25 new aircraft into the fleet, which means more departures to popular summer destinations. Next spring and summer, starting March 25, 2018, Norwegian will increase the number of departures from Helsinki to a number of attractive destinations in Greece, Italy, Croatia, Kosovo and Bulgaria.

Norwegian will add more departures from Helsinki-Vantaa to Pristina, Athens, Crete, Venice, Burgas, Varna, Pula and Dubrovnik. These popular destinations will have a capacity increase of 15 percent, which means nearly 300,000 additional seats.

The capacity increase means that the routes from Helsinki to Pristina, Athens, Crete and Varna will be increased to two flights a week and the flights to Venice, Burgas and Pula will expand up to three flights a week during the summer of 2018. The flights to Dubrovnik will expand up to four flights a week.

Copyright Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) Boeing 737-8JP WL LN-DYH (msn 40865) (Soren Kiergaard) HEL (Ton Jochems). Image: 911080.