Norwegian Air finds new ‘dream’ partner

After flying for years outside the world’s airline’s alliances, Norwegian Air has found a new partner that will make it easier to travel in the US. Its plan to team up with US airline JetBlue can streamline connections for Norwegian passengers in North America, and vice versa for JetBlue passengers heading abroad. “This cooperation will […]

Airports asked to restrict alcohol sales

Flights attendants at both Norwegian Air and Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) are asking state airports agency Avinor to crack down both on their bars and tax-free sales of alcoholic beverages. They’re tired of having to deal with drunken passengers on board flights, and claim it threatens airline safety. Flight attendant unions want to forbid sales of […]

Ving to resume flights on Tuesday

Ving Norge, the Norwegian subsidiary of bankrupt charter tour company Thomas Cook, claimed Monday night that its customers could start taking off on holiday again from Tuesday. Thomas Cook’s Nordic operations, Vinggruppen, said it could resume flights despite its owner’s severe financial troubles. “Early tomorrow (Tuesday) we’ll have three flights that can take our customers […]

Cook bankruptcy strands thousands

UPDATED: Tens of thousands of Norwegians are among those stranded or facing financial losses after the parent company of charter tour operator Ving Norge, the UK-based Thomas Cook Group, filed for bankruptcy early Monday. Ving itself is not in bankruptcy but it cancelled all flights to and from the Nordic countries and customers were largely […]

Norwegian landed new debt deal as oil prices took off

Just as Norwegian Air finally convinced lenders to extend its debt, oil prices shot up and posed more new costs to the struggling airline. Its stock price took off and then dove on the news, giving little relief to its finance director and acting CEO Geir Karlsen. When asked by Oslo newspaper DN whether he […]

Unruly passenger forced emergency landing

A man in his 60s went amok on board a commercial airliner as it was flying over the North Sea on Thursday morning, prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Stavanger after the man tried to break into the cockpit. Norwegian police were still gathering details but reported that the incident was not […]

Bumped passengers rage at Norwegian Air

Oslo-based Norwegian Air is facing more turbulence this summer. The forced grounding of its large fleet of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft left Norwegian with less capacity, and several passengers holding tickets have been denied boarding. “I think it’s incredible for an airline to treat its passengers as if the airline has no systems at all,” […]

Family sues Boeing after Ethiopian crash

The family and husband of Norwegian foreign aid worker Karoline Aadland are joining a class-action lawsuit against US aircraft producer Boeing, after one of its 737 MAX jets crashed in Ethiopia last spring. The 28-year-old Aadland was among the 157 on board the Ethiopian Airlines flight who were killed. “They must be held responsible,” Aadland’s […]

New chief takes the helm at Norwegian

It’s official: Bjørn Kjos stepped down as chief executive of Norwegian Air on Thursday and handed over all operating responsibility to finance director Geir Karlsen, who immediately took over as acting CEO. Kjos claims he isn’t retiring, though, from the airline he founded nearly 20 years ago. “I won’t become a pensionist,” Kjos said at […]

Norwegians still flying more

Climate concerns aside: another new study shows that Norwegians fly more than most other Europeans. Prime Minister Erna Solberg, meanwhile, has also said that she feels no flyskam (shame over flying), arguing that Norway’s geography often makes flying necessary. “I don’t feel bad about flying,” Solberg told state broadcaster NRK just before the summer holidays […]