Parliament reacts to PST’s illegalities

The disciplinary committee of the Norwegian Parliament looks set to call in for questioning both the head of Norway’s police intelligence unit PST and the country’s justice minister. They’re ultimately responsible for how PST illegally gathered huge quantities of information from airline passenger lists and then stored it, in what’s been dubbed the latest “scandal” […]

Norwegian Air cuts long-haul routes

Oslo-based Norwegian Air announced on Wednesday that it’s dropping its long-distance routes from Stockholm and Copenhagen to the US and Thailand. The move is part of the airline’s efforts to restore and sustain profitability. The long-haul routes from both Sweden’s gateway airport Arlanda (ARN) and Denmark’s Kastrup (CPH) will be grounded after this year’s winter […]

New Norwegian Air boss in the wings

The incoming chief executive of long-troubled discount airline Norwegian has no experience in the airline industry. Jacob Schram, who most recently has had top management jobs in the Circle K retail and gas station chain, doesn’t think that’s a problem. Schram will take over as chief executive of Norwegian Air on January 1, succeeding founder […]

Hotel owner part of group buying Ving

Petter Stordalen, Norway’s flamboyant hotel owner and real estate investor, emerged Wednesday as part of a group that’s buying the Ving charter tour group’s operations in the Nordic countries from the bankrupt travel firm Thomas Cook. Stordalen’s Strawberry Group will take over Vinggruppen along with investment funds Altor and TDR Capital. Strawberry and Altor are […]

Norwegian Air flies on good news

Long-troubled Norwegian Air was finally flying on the Oslo Stock Exchange Thursday after it reported both strong earnings and a new “cooperation” with a large Chinese bank. Its share price had soared a stunning 25 percent by closing time in Oslo, after even higher gains earlier in the day. “There was a lot of good […]

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 […]