Norwegian's tough winter

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  • transtraxman
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    It seems that Norwegian´s intentions are in a state of flux. Just four days after the airline made the announcement about restarting transatlantic routes from London Gatwick to the USA only three days later it changes its tune. Now all those services are to be reduced.
    “Norwegian Air UK W20 US operation changes as of 16JUL20,” (Routes Online 17-7-20)

    https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/292532/norwegian-air-uk-w20-us-operation-changes-as-of-16jul20/

    Even if these reductions in services were not enough, at the end of the article is a very telling statement. “Additional changes remain likely.”
    It seems that there is less bravado and more common sense being applied.


    canucklad
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    It seems that there is less bravado and more common sense being applied.

    You’d have to have the bravado of Mad Max or the ruthlessness of Ming the Merciless to put your employees (crew) into such a recklessly chaotic environment.
    I switch on CNN and I hang my head in despair whenever I watch the reports and analysis from the whats happening across the pond.

    The Norwegian decision should be welcomed, I’d have loved to see a total exclusion zone applied until “common sense” prevails.
    Selfishly because , whats happening in the US threatens our recovery and our ability to travel …


    AMcWhirter
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    Indeed canucklad, I heard on the radio this morning that there were 70,000 confirmed cases in the USA in one day yesterday … a record.

    And there are reports today that Barcelona is facing a lockdown.


    alainboy56
    Participant

    @canucklad

    Do you really watch CNN?
    How can you watch their unbiased and completely non partisan reporting.
    My Goodness – they almost make the BBC look fair and impartial.


    canucklad
    Participant

    @canucklad

    Do you really watch CNN?
    How can you watch their unbiased and completely non partisan reporting.
    My Goodness – they almost make the BBC look fair and impartial.

    To answer to your question Alain , I tend to balance out my news intake
    Sky, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera , and on the rare occasion RT and the Chinese channel .
    Online tend to occasionally browse The Vancouver Sun, SCMP and whatever local paper is impacted by a news story.

    My philosophy was shaped years ago, when visiting a friends house, knowing his Dad was a fervent labour supporter , trade unionist and all round Bennite was surprised to see his newspaper of choice was, not The daily record,Mirror or Guardian , but the Express and Scottish Sun ….. When i chatted to him later in the pub about it,, he wryly smiled and said “no point reading what you already know, it’s much better keeping an eye on what the enemy is up to : ) !

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    transtraxman
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    Are things changing in the cosy backwaters of Scandinavia?

    “Norwegian Sees Credit Guarantee Rejected By Sweden”, (Simple Flying, 18 August 2020)

    Norwegian Sees Credit Guarantee Rejected By Sweden

    One would normally expect the Scandinavians to scratch each others` backs. However, the situation is changed. The Norwegian Government has reduced its shareholding in SAS to almost nothing while the Swedish and Danish Governments have maintained theirs. So these latter two have taken the burden of aiding SAS in which the Norwegian Government has not participated. It seems that the Swedes and Danish have said enough is enough. Let the Norwegians sort out their own messes.

    Unless it can find alternative financing, which is a very delicate and improbable proposition considering its recent history and present situation, I would think that Norwegian has just found it that much more difficult to survive the winter.


    jjlasne
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    Not so sure. The Norwegian state can certainly support Norwegian Airlines on its own and make it the de facto “national” carrier.


    transtraxman
    Participant

    That is my point………………….

    Are the Norwegian govt. and investors going to support the Norwegian airline as a de facto national carrier? And is the reaction of the Danes and Swedes soar grapes?

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    transtraxman
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    Business Traveller`s own news item today says it all about more aid needed for Norwegian to survive the winter….
    “Norwegian warns state bailout “not enough to get through this prolonged crisis”.

    Norwegian warns state bailout “not enough to get through this prolonged crisis”

    ……….but will the Norwegian Government “cough up” the money (or guarantees)? The airline is basically, after all, the national flag carrier of Norway with so many people on the brink of losing so much money.

    “Norwegian Air warns aid to date ‘not enough’” (Travel Weekly, 28-8-20)

    https://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/384329/norwegian-air-warns-aid-to-date-not-enough

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