Production growth, high load factor and increased passenger growth had a positive effect on Norwegian’s February traffic figures. The company carried almost 1.9 million passengers this month, an increase of 15 per cent compared to February last year. The load factor was 85.6 per cent, up 0.8 percentage points.
In February, Norwegian carried 1,871,396 passengers, an increase of 15 per cent compared to the same month previous year. The total passenger traffic (RPK) increased by 20 per cent and the total capacity (ASK) increased by 19 per cent.
Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “We are very pleased that we have attracted more new business- and leisure travelers this month. The growth is primarily due to international expansion, particularly our intercontinental operation. Domestic flights in Spain and the routes between the French Caribbean and the U.S. East Coast are also preforming well. Demand in the Nordic region is good and stable.”
In February, Norwegian launched its first new routes between Paris (CDG) and the American cities New York, Fort Lauderdale and Los Angeles. Norwegians new offer has already been well received.
The company’s first of 30 new and bigger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners entered the fleet this month. Norwegian will take delivery of four such aircraft in 2016. A brand new Boeing 737-800 also entered the fleet in February, the second of 17 this year. With an average age of 3.6 years, Norwegian’s fleet is one of Europe’s newest and most environmentally friendly.
Norwegian operated 99.7 per cent of its scheduled flights in February, whereof 79.5 per cent departed on time.
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Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian”, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the world's seventh largest low-cost airline. The company reported its highest ever passenger figures in a single year with almost 26 million passengers in 2015. Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the US and Southeast Asia. The company has over 400 routes to more than 130 destinations and employs approximately 5,500 people. The company has several hundred undelivered aircraft on firm order. Norwegian was founded in 1993 and its headquarter is in Fornebu, Norway. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi on short haul, a fleet of around 100 aircraft with an average age of only four years; one of the youngest fleets in the world. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. Norwegian was also the first airline to be awarded the World's best low-cost long-haul airline in 2015 by SkyTrax. In 2014, Norwegian also won three prizes at the prestigious Passenger Choice Awards for Best Airline in Europe, Best Inflight Connectivity & Communications and Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience for its moving map on the 787 Dreamliners. In addition, Norwegian was awarded Europe's best low-cost airline by AirlineRatings.com for the second year running.