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Norwegian passenger numbers show continued increase as demand strengthens

"Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet"

Norwegian’s traffic figures for September show a continued increase in the number of passengers as demand strengthens across our network. Traditional booking patterns are beginning to return and we are seeing more people planning ahead and booking to travel to our popular city break and winter sun destinations.

“We are pleased to be able to report for the fifth consecutive month a continued positive increase in passenger numbers. Demand is steadily growing across all our markets and bookings to our key European destinations are showing that our customers are regaining confidence in the travel sector and are now planning their future journeys well in advance.” Said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

In September, Norwegian carried 977,719 passengers, an increase of 206 per cent compared to the same period last year. Compared with September 2020, the total capacity (ASK) has increased by 154 percent and passenger traffic (RPK) up 248 percent. Load factor in September was 72.4 percent, an increase of 20 percentage points compared with last year.

“More people are choosing to travel with Norwegian every month due to our focused route network, good value fares, modern fuel-efficient aircraft and our on board experience. We look forward to welcoming an increasing number of passengers over the coming months.” Continued Karlsen.

Norwegian continues to ramp up operations in line with demand and the company has now reopened bases in Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim. Norwegian operated an average of 46 aircraft in September, of which 92.1 per cent departed on time.

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Top Copyright Photo: Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.no) Boeing 737-8Q8 WL LN-NOE (msn 35283) (Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian poet) OSL (Ton Jochems). Image: 955426.

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Photo: Chair Airlines (Enter Air) Boeing 737-8Q8 WL SP-ESE (msn 30688) (Enter Air colors) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 954601.

Leased from Enter Air (Poland) on July 21, 2021

Copyright Photo: Chair Airlines (Enter Air) Boeing 737-8Q8 WL SP-ESE (msn 30688) (Enter Air colors) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 954601.

Norwegian resumes flights from Sweden, exits bankruptcy protection

Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air International) (Ireland) Boeing 737-8Q8 WL EI-FHE (msn 35280) (Sonja Henie) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 952170.

Norwegian Air Shuttle made this announcement:

As of today, May 31,2021 Norwegian will resume flights in Sweden and expand to 33 destinations during the spring and summer.

Today Norwegian starts flying domestically to Umeå and Luleå from Stockholm as well as international to Oslo and Malaga. In June, more direct routes will start and during the summer the company offers 31 destinations from Stockholm and two destinations from Gothenburg.

In June, Norwegian will begin flying to Visby, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Nice, Palma, Alicante, Barcelona, Faro, Athens, Berlin, Burgas, Dubrovnik, Split, Chania, London, Riga and Sarajevo from Stockholm.

Direct flights to Malaga and Alicante from Gothenburg will also start in June.

In July, the route network will be further expanded with direct flights to Kiruna, Vilnius, Palermo, Rome, Rhodes, Prague, Larnaca, Krakow, Budapest and Belgrade from Stockholm.

In other news, the company exited bankruptcy protection on May 26, 2021.

Restructuring saw the company shed a large part of its fleet (156 to 51 aircraft) and a reduction of its debt. The number of employees has dropped to around 3,300.

Norwegian is out of the long-haul business and will concentrate on flights in Europe.

The restructuring plan has now been approved in both Ireland and Norway where the aircraft are registered.

Top Copyright Photo: Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air International) (Ireland) Boeing 737-8Q8 WL EI-FHE (msn 35280) (Sonja Henie) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 952170.

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Norwegian to launch a new route from Dublin to Hamilton, Canada

6000th 737

Norwegian has made this announcement:

Norwegian has announced it will commence its first-ever route between Europe and Canada this weekend.

From March 31, 2019 Norwegian will commence a new service from Dublin to Hamilton John C. Munro International Airport.

Above Photo: Chris Futcher.

Norwegian’s new route is the airline’s first-ever transatlantic service to Canada and the only direct flights between Ireland and Hamilton in Ontario. This summer, Hamilton will join Norwegian’s existing services to New York and Providence.

Norwegian will operate flights to Hamilton on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday using a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo: Norwegian.com (Norwegian Air International) (Ireland) Boeing 737-8Q8 WL EI-FHC (msn 37159) (6000th 737) LGW (Robbie Shaw). Image: 946105.

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Air Vanuatu to fly to Melbourne, Australia

Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-8Q8 WL YJ-AV1 (msn 30734) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 901990.

Air Vanuatu has made this announcement:

Air Vanuatu, Vanuatu’s national carrier, has announced the launch of a new nonstop service between Melbourne, Australia and Port Vila. Commencing on June 17, 2019, the new flight will be the only direct service between the two cities, expanding the airline’s offering in Australia and providing greater access to Vanuatu.

Air Vanuatu is also increasing flights to and from Auckland, New Zealand from three to six services a week. Linking Auckland to Port-Vila on Mondays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays during peak season, these additional services will provide more flexibility for New Zealanders and increase connecting flight options for long-haul travellers.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Air Vanuatu Boeing 737-8Q8 WL YJ-AV1 (msn 30734) SYD (John Adlard). Image: 901990.

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Air Moldova is acquired by Blue Air

Blue Air Boeing 737-8Q8 WL YR-BMF (msn 28220) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943432.

Blue Air has issued this statement:

Civil Aviation Group LLC was declared the winner of the privatization process of the national Moldavian Airline – Air Moldova. The company offered a price of MDL 50 million (roughly €2,560,000) and will also take over the MLD 1,2 billion (roughly €61,500,000) debt of the company.

The consortium comprises Romanian airline Blue Air and a group of investors from the Republic of Moldova. This partnership brings together the international experience of a modern and successful airline and the financial resources required for Air Moldova’s development.

The new shareholder will maintain the current flight schedule of Air Moldova and the priority is to regain the customer’s confidence while improving the company’s commercial performance.

Civil Aviation Group LLC undertakes to transform Air Moldova into a modern and successful airline with a strong team, inspired to deliver great customer experiences.

With access to the latest IT technology, the development of its infrastructure and the modernization of its fleet, as well as the aviation experience of the Romanian operator, Air Moldova will be able to broaden its horizons and develop in a sustainable manner, offering new opportunities for the young professionals who want to discover a career in this dynamic industry.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Blue Air and Air Moldova): Blue Air Boeing 737-8Q8 WL YR-BMF (msn 28220) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 943432.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Air Moldova Airbus A319-112 ER-AXM (msn 1786) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 941235.

Air Moldova Airbus A319-112 ER-AXM (msn 1786) AYT (Ton Jochems). Image: 941235.

Sun Country to fly between Portland and San Francisco

Named "Lake Bemidji"

Sun Country Airlines has announced the addition of two nonstop routes to its growing network.

Sun Country will offer nonstop service between Portland, OR and San Francisco as well as San Francisco and Palm Springs.

New seasonal nonstop from Portland (PDX) to San Francisco (SFO)

  • Service starts November 16, 2018
  • Operates twice-weekly with roundtrips on Monday and Friday

New seasonal nonstop service from San Francisco (SFO) to Palm Springs (PSP)

  • Service starts November 19, 2018
  • Operates twice-weekly with roundtrips on Monday and Friday

Top Copyright Photo: Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-8Q8 WL N816SY (msn 30637) LAX (Michael B. Ing). Image: 940047.

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Sun Country Airlines announces new nonstop service to Belize, St. Kitts and Nevis

Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-8Q8 WL N801SY (msn 30332) SEA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104743.

Sun Country Airlines has announced the addition of two new destinations – Belize and St. Kitts & Nevis – to its growing network. Sun Country will offer the first ever seasonal nonstop service between Minneapolis/St. Paul and Belize, and between Minneapolis/St. Paul and St. Kitts and Nevis.

New seasonal nonstop from Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) to Belize Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE):

  • Service offered December 22, 2018 – April 20, 2019
  • Operates 1x/week with roundtrips on Saturdays

New seasonal nonstop service from Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) to St. Kitts & Nevis Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB):

  • Service offered December 22, 2018 – April 20, 2019
  • Operates 1x/week with roundtrips on Saturdays

Top Copyright Photo: Sun Country Airlines Boeing 737-8Q8 WL N801SY (msn 30332) SEA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104743.

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Enter Air honors Merian Caldwell Cooper

Honoring Merian Caldwell Cooper

Enter Air, as part of Poland’s “100 Years of Independence” celebrations, has painted the pictured Boeing 737-8Q8 SP-ENX (msn 30627) in a “1918 – 2018” special livery featuring Merian Caldwell Cooper on the left side.

According to Wikipedia:

Merian Caldwell Cooper (October 24, 1893 – April 21, 1973) was an American aviator, United States Air Force and Polish Air Force officer, adventurer, screenwriter, film director, and producer. Cooper was the founder of the Kościuszko Squadron during the Polish–Soviet War and was a Soviet prisoner of war for a time. He was a notable movie producer, and got his start with film as part of the Explorers Club, traveling the world and documenting adventures. He was a member of the board of directors of Pan American Airways, but his love of film always took priority. During his film career, he worked for companies such as Pioneer Pictures, RKO Pictures, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. He is also credited as co-inventor of the Cinerama film projection process. Cooper’s most famous film was the 1933 movie King Kong. He was awarded an honorary Oscar for lifetime achievement in 1952 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

Top Copyright Photo: Enter Air Boeing 737-8Q8 WL SP-ENX (msn 30627) (100 years of Independence) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 942959.

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