Airlines pressured to issue refunds

Norwegian aviation authorities are finally adding to the pressure on airlines to refund tickets for flights that were cancelled. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) and Norwegian Air stand accused of breaking a law that orders them to refund flight cancellations within seven days. Thousands of customers along with travel agents and tour operators have instead been waiting […]

Norwegian Air sues Boeing

After years of problems with its Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 737 MAX jets, Norwegian Air has decided to sue the Seattle-based aircraft producer. The suit comes just after Norwegian also cancelled its entire order for 92 more of the MAX jets. “We still want to reach a commercial agreement,” Geir Karlsen, finance director for Norwegian, […]

Airlines fire, but also re-hire

Oslo-based Norwegian Air is calling 600 laid-off employees back to work in July and rival Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) won’t rule out the same. On Monday, however, SAS sent out termination notices to nearly 1,600 of its employees in Denmark and still thinks it will have to fire a total of 5,000 throughout Scandinavia. More than […]

Norwegian spreads its wings, too

Oslo-based Norwegian Air could finally announce on Wednesday the looming resumption of up to 76 of its routes including several to Southern Europe. The airline, struggling along with all others, aims to put 12 of its aircraft back in service from July 1. The airline has only had eight of its 156 aircraft in service […]

Norway in talks to keep SAS flying

Norwegian officials have joined discussions on a recapitalization of Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), after the airline reported a need this week for the equivalent of SEK 12.5 billion (USD 1.3 billion) to survive the Corona crisis. Sweden and Denmark were already discussing a bailout for the airline that once was owned by all three Scandinavian countries. […]

US border patrol officers unwelcome

The Norwegian government has decided against allowing US border patrol officers to operate on Norwegian soil at the country’s gateway airport, OSL Gardermoen. The so-called “preclearance” project, which would clear travelers for entry into the US before departure, had been under negotiation since 2017. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported on Thursday that the project could have […]

Airlines can fill all their seats again

Transport Minister Knut Arild Hareide confirmed Thursday afternoon that Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), Norwegian Air and Widerøe are now once again able to sell tickets for all the seats on their aircraft. That will double current capacity, and cut airfares that have become very high. “We won’t have much time to sell the extra seats,” Silje […]

State may cover travellers’ losses

Around 200,00o Norwegians still haven’t been reimbursed for airline tickets and holiday tour packages they purchased before the Corona virus cancelled most all travel abroad. Cash-strapped airlines and travel organizers aren’t readily refunding their customers’ money, which amounts to billions of kroner in Norway alone, but now the state may cover customer losses if the […]

‘Bloody day’ for workers at SAS

Already laid-off employees at Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) in Norway faced a tough choice this week. SAS management is asking them to either quit immediately, in return for some travel privileges and a chance to be rehired later, or hang on for the duration of their notice of termination and then cut ties to the airline. […]

SAS gets ready to spread its wings

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) announced on Wednesday that it will resume flying some international routes in June, including its popular incontinental flights from Copenhagen to New York and Chicago. SAS is already serving all its 17 destinations within Norway. “The world is slowly opening up again,” SAS wrote on its Norwegian website, “and in line with […]