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Anonymous5 Mar 2015
I ask because, as you will have read on our news page today, Norwegian is still on strike within Scandinavia and so another 35,000 passengers (today) find themselves unable to fly.
An interesting piece in “Life in Norway” provides a useful summary of the operational and political problems the airline faces on both short and long-haul routes.
“Is the Fairytale over for Norwegian?”5 Mar 2015
It seems that low cost long haul operations can only make a profit with low fuel prices and low labor cost. Crews -who are inconvenienced on very long hauls – won’ t have none of it. Hence the strike.5 Mar 2015
My understanding is that the strike is limited to intra Scandinavian flights. Longhauls are operating normally. Around 35k pax daily are having to seek alternative flights or stay at home.5 Mar 2015
As you may have read on our news pages here, the strike has now entered its third day.
Flights within Denmark, Norway and Sweden are the ones most affected.
Norwegian’s long-haul flights are not affected by this strike action. But this division has problems of its own.
Having acquired a fleet of new B787s, the carrier cannot utilise them on the routes it had originally planned.
The idea was for Norwegian, besides a few US routes, to open up new destinations in the Far East.
But, with the exception of Bangkok, it never happened. Why ? Because the Russians continue to refuse overflying rights.
Norwegian’s flights to Bangkok take 50 mins longer because it must take a more southerly route to avoid Russian airspace. But if it were to open up routes to China, for example, the extended flight times would be both uneconomic and uncompetitive.
So to make full use of its B787s Norwegian has had to deploy them on the transatlantic.
And if all that wasn’t enough, its Bangkok flights face price competition from the Gulf airlines who are now moving into Scandinavia.6 Mar 2015