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The AirlineGeeks Podcast Episode 23: Airlines Under Pressure

Thank you for reading the AirlineGeeks Podcast Recap. This article gives a brief look at last week’s episode of our news podcast. For our full analysis of each of these stories, you can listen to The AirlineGeeks Podcast on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts or through our distributor, Anchor. We start our episode with a look at the aviation industry in South America. It’s been a while since we’ve discussed the region, so we took a bit of time to…

Low-Cost Long-Haul Pioneer Norwegian Air Faces Uncertain Future

Norwegian Air Shuttle is facing an uncertain future after the government of Norway this week advised that the airline would not receive any further financial support from the state. In response to the government announcement Norwegian’s chief executive officer, Jacob Schram, expressed disappointment and referenced the imbalance occurring within the…

Norwegian Air Passenger Numbers Plunge 90% in July

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced traffic figures for July on Thursday. Last month, Norwegian carried a total of 356,093 passengers, 90% fewer than in the same period the previous year. The airline’s capacity was 560 million, representing a 94% steep dive when compared to July 2019. The low-cost carrier resumed short-haul…

Norwegian Air Cancels Order for 97 Boeing Aircraft, Sues Boeing

Norwegian Air Shuttle sent a notification to the Boeing, stating that the airline had terminated the purchase agreements of the remaining five Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 92 Boeing 737 MAX. The airline also ended the GoldCare service agreement, Boeing's largest-ever commercial services contract, related to the 787 and MAX aircraft.…

Norwegian Air Sued in U.S. Over Unpaid Refunds

Bursor & Fisher, a New York-based law firm, is leading a class-action lawsuit against Norwegian Air Shuttle over its actions to refund customers whose flights have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is estimated that Norway’s largest airline owes customers a total of between $200 million and $400…

Chinese Government-Backed Lessor Takes Stake in Norwegian Air

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, revenue sources of most airlines are petrified, thus forcing them to struggle to maintain the survival of their business. BOC Aviation, a global aircraft leasing company and a subsidiary of the state-owned Bank of China, has become a major shareholder in the struggling low-cost airline Norwegian…

At a Glance: European Airlines Response to COVID-19

As the effects of the global pandemic take full effect across the world, the bosses of major airlines across Europe have begun to announce what measures they will take to help protect their airlines for future operations. Some have decided to defer orders, others have decided to expedite the retirements…

Norwegian’s Argentinian Venture Set to Cease Operations

Amidst local, global and internal factors, Norwegian seems to be taking steps to sell or close its Argentinian subsidiary, Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA).  According to different sources, JetSmart Argentina would absorb the carrier's operations and set foot in Buenos Aires Aeroparque, abandoning El Palomar airport, currently affected by a judiciary…

British Airways’ Alex Cruz Outlines Tough Decisions in Recent Interview

Last February, British Airways announced some of its best financial results on record Generating more than £2 billion ($2.53 billion) in profits for the year 2018, with an operating margin 15 percent higher than in 2017, the flag carrier stood firm amidst rising oil prices and widespread uncertainties due to…

Norwegian Takes Delivery of the Boeing 737 MAX 8

As of June 29, 2017, Norwegian Air took delivery of two 737 MAX 8s, becoming the first European airline to take delivery of a 737 MAX aircraft. Following a ceremony and celebration at Boeing's Seattle Delivery Center, select guests departed on one of the two new aircraft for a flight…