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 […]

Norwegian Air’s chief ready to retire

Speculation has been swirling for months over when the 72-year-old founder and chief executive of Norwegian Air would finally step down. Now Bjørn Kjos seems more keen to relinquish control, in an interview conducted during the Paris Air Show this week. “I really hope they (the board of holding company Norwegian Air Shuttle) find someone […]

Norwegian Air plays its climate card

The US government’s top transport official was in Norway this week, but he reportedly had no time to meet one-on-one with the boss of the Norwegian airline that’s eager to launch more new routes to US cities. Bjørn Kjos, founder and CEO of Norwegian Air, was disappointed, and claimed the US is trying to protect its own airlines […]

Kjos calls conflict ‘completely crazy’

Bjørn Kjos, embattled chief executive of Norwegian Air, was lashing out at EU and US authorities this week as he braced for another meeting between them that may decide the fate of his airline’s trans-Atlantic service. He calls the ongoing delays in his airline’s attempt to win a permanent license for the service “completely crazy.” […]

Norwegian passengers’ five day delay

Norwegian Air passengers were left fuming on Sunday night after the airline cancelled its return flight from Bergen to Berlin. The passengers were told they had to organize their own replacement flights, but there were no seats available until Thursday. A technical error forced the cancellation, which affected 73 passengers flying to Berlin, and 116 […]

AirAsia to take on Norwegian Air

UPDATED: AirAsia, one of the world’s largest low-cost carriers and fastest growing airlines, announced on Wednesday it planned to operate long-haul flights from Bangkok to Scandinavia. It was a direct challenge to Norwegian Air, which on Thursday reported an operating loss instead of the expected profit in its quarterly report. AirAsia’s founder Tony Fernandes secured […]

Norwegian Air best low-cost carrier

Norwegian Air was named Europe’s best budget airline for the second year in a row at the prestigious Skytrax World Airline Awards on Tuesday. It ranked third in the global list, behind AirAsia and AirAsia X. Norwegian beat airlines including EasyJet, Germanwings and NIKI in the Europe low-cost division, reported newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). Boarding, […]

Norwegian Air will hire out its planes

Norwegian Air announced on Monday it would build on its rapid growth over recent years by renting out up to 150 of its planes to other airlines. It would make Norwegian Air one of the world’s biggest plane leasing companies. Chief Executive Bjørn Kjos told Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet Norwegian had significant orders for new […]

Norwegian Air eyes new Asian routes

Norwegian Air Chief Executive Bjørn Kjos has announced the budget airline would begin new routes to major Asian cities including Hong Kong and New Delhi from 2016. Kjos also launched three new US routes from London. Kjos announced the new routes at Sweden’s annual Almedalen Week, a major multi-party political gathering in Gotland. “It’s coming in […]

Norwegian Air finds loopholes

Norwegian Air moved its long-haul operations to Ireland with great fanfare over the past year giving it the right to use Asian crews, which American airlines claimed circumvented EU/US aviation agreements. As Norwegian Air’s fight for approvals to fly into the US drags on, the company is considering moving some operations back to Norway, with […]