IN IT FOR THE Long Haul

Norwegian has bold plans to expand its low-cost long-haul network and says the UK has a key part to play in that. But some critics claim the carrier’s rate of growth is too fast to sustain. Airliner World’s James Ronayne reports.

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Norwegian is continuing with the fast-paced expansion of its low-cost longhaul network.

Norwegian’s rise has been nothing if not remarkable. Launched in its current guise in 2002 as a low-cost carrier serving domestic routes, the airline transported more than 30 million passengers in 2017 across a network stretching from Bangkok and Singapore in the east to Oakland and Los Angeles in the west. But this expansion has come at a cost, literally. CEO Bjørn Kjos declared himself “not at all satisfied with the 2017 results” after the company reported a £27.4m loss for the year, despite growing its revenues by 19% to £2.8bn.

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