Norwegian continued its rapid expansion with three new routes having been added during the course of last week. On 30 October, the LCC commenced its third route to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi (BKK), when it launched twice-weekly 787-8 flights (Thursdays and Sundays) on the 8,616-kilometre sector from Copenhagen (CPH), a route already served by Thai Airways’ daily services.
Norwegian is already flying to Suvarnabhumi with four weekly flights from Stockholm Arlanda and Oslo Gardermoen.
Noteworthy is the fact that the service to Thailand is the airline’s fourth long-haul route from the Danish gateway, as it already operates to Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles and New York JFK.
Meanwhile, Norwegian reported that its passenger growth continued in October. The company carried more than 2.2 million passengers in October, an increase of 15 percent compared to the same month previous year. The load factor was 81.6 percent, up 2.3 percentage points.
Norwegian carried 2,243,560 passengers in October, an increase of 15 percent compared to the same month previous year. The total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 39 percent, while the capacity (ASK) increased by 35 percent this month. The load factor was 81.6 percent, up 2.3 percentage points.
“We’re very pleased that the passenger figures continued in October, particularly as we’ve added 35 percent more seats for sale compared to the same month previous year. The fact that more customers outside of Scandinavia choose to fly with Norwegian, proves that we’re gaining a stronger international foothold and our new, more environmentally friendly aircraft, friendly in-flight service and low fares are well received,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.
Norwegian operated 99.9 percent of its scheduled flights in October, whereof 86.7 percent departed on time.
Norwegian took delivery of one brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft in October. The company will introduce a total of 14 Boeing 737-800s to its fleet in 2014 and has already taken delivery of four Boeing 787 Dreamliners this year. Norwegian’s fleet is among the most modern and environmentally friendly in Europe.