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08 May, 2024

1,892,362 passengers flew with Norwegian in April, while Widerøe had 315,495 passengers

In April, Norwegian had 1,892,362 passengers, while its regional subsidiary,  Widerøe had 315,495 passengers, totalling 2,207,857 for the group. Capacity for Norwegian was up 18 percent compared to April last year, while the load factor was 80.3 percent. The airline operated an average of 81 aircraft this month, up from 73 in March, as the summer programme gets up to full speed. Regularity was negatively impacted in April, in large part due to ATC issues in Norwegian airspace.

“April marked a significant ramp up in capacity and we had on average 14 more aircraft in operation compared to the same month last year. The passenger numbers show an increase of 13 percent compared to the same period last year. We are pleased that many customers now book their summer holiday with us and advise customers that have specific dates in mind to book early,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

The capacity (ASK) was 3,155 million seat kilometres, up 18 percent from the same period last year. Actual passenger traffic (RPK) was 2,533 million seat kilometres, an increase of 14 percent from April 2023. The load factor for April was 80.3 percent, down three percentage points, in part due to the early Easter that this year predominantly fell in March. In April, Norwegian operated with a regularity, meaning the share of scheduled flights taking place, of 98.8 percent. 51 percent of all cancelled flights took place on 25 April, with both ATC strikes in Europe and the closure of airspace in Norway having large impacts on Norwegian and other airlines’ operation. The punctuality, share of flights departing within 15 minutes of scheduled time, was 81.3 percent, down two percentage points from April last year.

06 April, 2024

The Norwegian Group had 1.8 million passengers in March


In March, Norwegian had 1,544,289 passengers, while Widerøe had 276,413 passengers, totalling 1,820,702 for the group. The load factor for Norwegian increased to 85 percent, up 4 percentage points compared to March last year. Norwegian recorded a strong regularity of 99.6 percent in March, while on-time performance also improved compared to previous months.

“We are delighted to publish strong traffic figures yet again, this month got an extra boost thanks to the early Easter holiday. The high regularity we had in March reflects the great work all our colleagues do every day to make sure our customers can trust Norwegian for all their travels. This is especially important over Easter with so many customers having planned their vacation trips, and I am proud to say that we had zero cancellations for all our international flights. We are now looking ahead to the next vacation season and are this week kicking off with a "Spring Sale" campaign. The booking trends for the summer season are beginning to look very good, but we naturally anticipate a weaker April as a result of the Easter holiday coming early this year,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

Norwegian had 1,544,289 passengers in March. The capacity (ASK) was 2,441 million seat kilometres, up 4 percent from the same period last year. Actual passenger traffic (RPK) was 2,075 million seat kilometres. In March, Norwegian operated an average of 73 aircraft with a regularity, meaning the share of scheduled flights taking place, of 99.6 percent. The punctuality, which is the share of flights departing within 15 minutes of scheduled time, was 86.7 percent, up 6 percentage points from March 2023.

25 August, 2023

Interesting results released from budget airline Norwegian.....

Norwegian reports strong results in the second quarter 2023

Norwegian delivered an operating profit (EBIT) of NOK 651 million in the second quarter, which was characterised by strong operational performance amidst ramping-up into the busy summer travel season. Furthermore, Norwegian and Strawberry’s new loyalty company today announced that Avida has been selected as the preferred financial partner. Together with Norwegian’s recently announced agreement to acquire Widerøe, these new partnerships will contribute to offering even better and seamless travel experiences.

For the second quarter of 2023, Norwegian delivered an operating profit (EBIT) of NOK 651 million. Profit before tax (EBT) amounted to NOK 538 million. The liquidity position improved through the quarter with cash and cash equivalents exceeding NOK 9.3 billion. At quarter-end, Norwegian's fleet comprised 81 aircraft.

High load factor and operational excellence


Norwegian had 5.6 million passengers in the quarter, up from 5.0 million passengers in the second quarter of 2022. Production (ASK) was 8.7 billion seat kilometres, while passenger traffic (RPK) was 7.3 billion seat kilometres. Production was up 44 percent from the previous quarter as Norwegian ramped up capacity ahead of the busy summer travel season. The quarterly load factor was 84.4 percent, up from 81.2 percent in the same period last year.

“This quarter has demonstrated our ability to ramp up capacity and deliver a superb operational performance to become one of the top airlines in Europe. These results have been made possible thanks to over 4,700 of our colleagues working tirelessly to ensure our passengers arrive at their destinations as smoothly as possible. By solely flying with our own aircraft and crew, we can deliver “the Norwegian way” to all our customers. Our seamless customer experience has made us one of the most loved airlines in the Nordics,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

Punctuality, share of flights departing on schedule, was 81.5 percent in the quarter, up from 78.8 percent in the same period last year. Regularity, share of flights taking place, was 99.5 percent. Cirium, the global aviation consultancy, named Norwegian the most on-time European airline in May. In April, June, and July, Norwegian finished among the top three European airlines.

“The summer season of 2023 will be one of the best in our history, and I am happy that forward bookings remain strong with business travel returning and others planning their autumn holidays,” said Karlsen.

Sustainable growth through significant partnerships

06 July, 2023

Norwegian to buy Widerøe

Norwegian to buy Widerøe



Norwegian has entered into an agreement with WF Holding AS to acquire Widerøe, the major regional carrier in Norway. The agreement will provide customers with a broader route network and more choices. It will also contribute to securing local jobs in Norway. Widerøe will continue to exist as a separate company with its own brand, organisation and headquarters in Bodø.

Linking Widerøe’s wide-spanning regional route network with Norwegian’s attractive domestic and international routes, secures a customer offering with better connectivity and seamless end-to-end experience. Widerøe covers more than 40 small and medium-sized airports across Norway, in addition to a few larger airports in Europe, while Norwegian offers more than 300 routes to 114 destinations in the Nordics and in Europe.

Companies that complement each other


“This is a milestone in Norwegian aviation history. Our two airlines have existed side by side for many years and no one knows the aviation market in Norway better. With this transaction, we will now create a streamlined and more comprehensive offer for all customers, and we look forward to offering seamless travel across our entire route networks,” said Geir Karlsen, CEO of Norwegian.

The two airlines have a very limited overlap on routes and complement each other well. Out of a total of 107 routes in Norway, out of which 85 are operated by Widerøe and 22 are operated by Norwegian, only five overlap and can all be operated with standard jet aircraft.

Norwegian aviation history


Widerøe is Norway’s oldest aviation group. The airline is headquartered in Bodø and has administrative offices in Oslo. Widerøe has a fleet of close to 50 aircraft and holds a market share of approximately 20 percent in the Norwegian domestic market, measured by the number of passengers.

23 June, 2023

Wideroe picks WebCargo by Freightos for cargo sales


Wideroe, the innovative Nordic airline, has formed a new partnership with WebCargo by Freightos to deliver real-time rates, capacity and eBookings on the cargo booking platform, reaching 3,500+ forwarders across 10,000 offices globally. Forwarders now have access to air cargo shipments from Norway, Denmark, and the United Kingdom through Wideroe's unique network. With WebCargo, Wideroe stands ahead of the curve in digitization for regional carriers, delivering world-class digital freight pricing and booking services.

With this partnership, airlines that represent well over 50% of total global air cargo capacity are available on WebCargo. eBooking also complements Wideroe's focus on emission reduction, including the use of emissions-friendly turboprop planes and more. As other industries have shown, digital booking can improve utilization. For air cargo, this could improve load factors, which IATA calculates to be in the mid-50%'s[1]. By combining Wideroe's uniquely sustainable fleet with WebCargo's inline CO2 calculator, forwarders can also make informed booking decisions that help reduce emissions.

"We are very happy to finally be able to offer our capacity on the WebCargo-platform. The CO2-emissions calculation done by the platform is something that we in Widerøe welcomes, it enables the customers not only to take an active choice when it comes down to the price, but also the impact on the environment," said Thomas Lone, Cargo Manager Widerøe AS.

"We share Wideroe's commitment to both deliver a top-tier air cargo experience but also to forge a more sustainable industry," said Manel Galindo, CEO of WebCargo by Freightos. "We're delighted to help carriers like Wideroe increase informational awareness at the point of booking to reduce capacity underutilization, increase air cargo efficiency, and improve global supply chains." 

08 February, 2023

Wideroe to start new Bergen - London Stansted route next month.

A new Widerøe flight linking London Stansted and Bergen will offer travellers from London and the East of England easy access to Norway's famous fjords from 26 March 2023.

Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, will operate a twice-weekly service to the country’s second-largest city using a 110-seat Embraer E190-E2 aircraft.  Flights will depart London Stansted at 18.40 on Fridays and 11.30 on Sundays.

A World Heritage Site located in the west of Norway, Bergen, is renowned for its Bryggen harbour district, one of Europe's oldest ports, and as the gateway to Norwegian fjords.

Simon Gorrighan, London Stansted’s Aviation Director, said:  "We're delighted to welcome Widerøe to London Stansted, adding yet another new destination to our growing network and giving passengers even more choice when travelling from their local airport.

This new route makes a beautiful region of Norway more accessible to UK travellers as well as being an important route for business, especially the energy industry in Norway and the East of England."

Christian Skaug, Widerøe’s Commercial Director, said:   "We are very pleased to be flying to London Stansted from 26th March and being able to maintain London as part of our route map. London Stansted has smooth and convenient connections to the City of London, which we know our customers will appreciate."

Several other new flights will be available from London Stansted this summer, including Belfast, Newquay, Edinburgh, Asturias, Klagenfurt, and Leipzig with Ryanair.

A new flight linking London Stansted and Bergen to start 26 March....

A new Widerøe flight linking London Stansted and Bergen will offer travellers from London and the East of England easy access to Norway's famous fjords from 26 March 2023.

Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, will operate a twice-weekly service to the country’s second-largest city using a 110-seat Embraer E190-E2 aircraft.  Flights will depart London Stansted at 18.40 on Fridays and 11.30 on Sundays.

A World Heritage Site located in the west of Norway, Bergen, is renowned for its Bryggen harbour district, one of Europe's oldest ports, and as the gateway to Norwegian fjords.

Simon Gorrighan, London Stansted’s Aviation Director, said:  "We're delighted to welcome Widerøe to London Stansted, adding yet another new destination to our growing network and giving passengers even more choice when travelling from their local airport.

This new route makes a beautiful region of Norway more accessible to UK travellers as well as being an important route for business, especially the energy industry in Norway and the East of England."

Christian Skaug, Widerøe’s Commercial Director, said:   "We are very pleased to be flying to London Stansted from 26th March and being able to maintain London as part of our route map. London Stansted has smooth and convenient connections to the City of London, which we know our customers will appreciate."

Several other new flights will be available from London Stansted this summer, including Belfast, Newquay, Edinburgh, Asturias, Klagenfurt, and Leipzig with Ryanair.

Meanwhile, Emirates is launching a second daily service to Dubai on May 1 and Jet2 is also adding new flights to Rome and Athens.







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Bergen is known as "The heart of the fjords"....

Bergen is the second-largest city in Norway and yet it also offers small-town charm alongside a metropolitan character that matches any European tourist destination. 

The UNESCO World Heritage site Bryggen, the Hanseatic wharf is a key relic from times gone by, when the city was a key centre for trade between Norway and Europe.  These days, the wharf is host to a museum, shops, galleries, and restaurants, popular with locals and visitors alike. 

Not far away is a jolly and lively fish market which has a long history of providing the locals with freshly caught sea creatures since 1276. Although, the market now also sells more than just fish, offering fruit and veg,  souvenirs and handicrafts.  

There is a vibrancy about Bergen which might be because around 10% of the population is made up of students and that means there is always something happening at one of the many bars, venues or restaurants.  

KODE is one of the largest museums for art, design and music in all the Nordic nations and is a wonderful building dating back to 1896 which has undergone a complete renovation over the last couple of years. 

Not far away is the home of Norway's most famous composer Edvard Grieg which is now a museum and exhibition centre. 



23 July, 2022

Widerøe First Airline to Join Embraer’s Energia Advisory Group

 
Widerøe, committed to be one of the first airlines in the world to be emission free, has signed an MoU with Embraer that will see the companies working together to define and establish the real-world requirements for sustainable, emission free, and commercially viable, aviation.

The companies will collaborate to define requirements such as infrastructure, ground handling, aircraft performance (range, speed, etc.), and cargo space etc. The Energia AdvisoryGroup will help accelerate time to market and ultimately inform the choice of which Energia concept will come to market first.

This agreement builds on existing Embraer projects with Widerøe such as ‘Project Zero’ – a collaboration with Rolls-Royce to study a truly zero emission aircraft (zero NOx and other greenhouse gases) of around 50 seats. This complementary work looks at all aspects of developing and operating the 19-50 seat Energia concepts.

“At Widerøe, we established Widerøe Zero because we need the freedom to think afresh. There are entrenched ways of doing things in our industry, but running a zero-emissions fleet is going to be completely different,” says Andreas Kollbye Aks, former Director of Strategy atWiderøe, and CEO of Widerøe Zero. “Embraer’s approach to sustainable aviation most closely aligns with our own, and this collaboration will get into the real-world detail, to shape the technology that will make Zero missions flight a reality.”

12 July, 2022

Norwegian and Widerøe enter into close cooperation agreement

Norwegian and Widerøe enter into a close cooperation agreement

Norwegian and Widerøe signed a letter of intent today that will see the two airlines closely cooperate in a number of areas in the future. This means, among other initiatives, the two companies will cooperate on tickets sales, enabling passengers to seamlessly travel the entire route network of both airlines under a interline agreement.

The objectives of the agreement will provide a better service to passengers and create synergies and operational efficiencies. Norway is an extremely important market for both companies. Widerøe flies throughout the regional network in Norway while Norwegian is a major player in the main route network. A large proportion of passengers in Norway depend on both Norwegian and Widerøe to reach their destination.

Norwegian’s CEO, Geir Karlsen said: ‘I am very pleased with the agreement we have entered into with Widerøe today. Our goal for this collaboration is to benefit both companies’ passengers and our employees. In many ways, this is a historic agreement bringing two Norwegian airlines together. A lot of detail is still being worked on but it’s clear from the past months’ discussions with Widerøe that there are many areas we both have a common interest to collaborate on’.

Widerøe’s CEO, Stein Nilsen said: ‘This is a day of joy for both Widerøe and our passengers who depend heavily on our flights to work and live in Norway. This agreement will allow customers of Norwegian and Widerøe to combine their flights with both airlines at home and abroad. The combination of Widerøe’s network along the coast and in northern Norway and Norwegian’s large European route network will create many new travel opportunities for our common customers. This new collaboration has been requested by our passengers for many years, so it is brilliant to share this news now. We still have a way to go before the agreement is final, but we work well together and have a common goal that this should be implemented as quickly as possible’. 







18 November, 2021

Finnair starts flights to Bergen and Tromsø in Norway in collaboration with Widerøe


Finnair will start flying between Helsinki and Bergen and Tromsø in Norway on 14 December 2021. The routes will be operated by Norwegian regional airline Widerøe, and the flights are sold and marketed by Finnair.  

“We are pleased to restart our services to Bergen and Tromsø,” says Ole Orvér, Chief Commercial Officer at Finnair. “Finnish travellers will enjoy direct flights to the Norwegian coast, known for its breathtaking scenery and ideal opportunities for exploring the beautiful fjords. We are also happy to be able to offer our customers in Norway great connections to Finnair's network in Europe, Asia and the United States.” 

During the winter season until the end of March, flights from Bergen to Helsinki are operated on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. In the summer season from the beginning of April, Finnair will fly to Bergen daily. The flight between Tromsø and Helsinki takes place on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The flight schedules will offer customers convenient connections to Finnair’s European network, as well as Finnair’s extensive connections to Asia and the United States. 

The flights will be operated with DASH-8 Q400 aircraft. The onboard service will be based on the Finnair dual-class service concept. 




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14 March, 2021

Rolls-Royce and Tecnam join forces with Widerøe to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft ready for service in 2026


Rolls-Royce and airframer Tecnam are joining forces with Widerøe – the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market, ready for revenue service in 2026. The project expands on the successful research programme between Rolls-Royce and Widerøe on sustainable aviation and the existing partnership between Rolls-Royce and Tecnam on powering the all-electric P-Volt aircraft.

Stein Nilsen, Chief Executive, Widerøe said: “Norway’s extensive network of short take-off and landing airports is ideal for zero-emissions technologies. This aircraft shows how quickly new technology can and will be developed, and that we are on track with our ambition of flying with zero emissions around 2025.”

Rob Watson, Director – Rolls-Royce Electrical, said: “Electrification will help us deliver our ambition to enable the markets in which we operate achieve net-zero carbon by 2050. This collaboration strengthens our existing relationships with Tecnam and Widerøe as we look to explore what is needed to deliver an all-electric passenger aircraft for the commuter market. It also demonstrates Rolls-Royce’s ambitions to be the leading supplier of all-electric and hybrid-electric propulsion and power systems across multiple aviation markets.”

24 April, 2018

Norway's Widerøe Completes First Revenue Flight of an E190-E2


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Widerøe, Scandinavia's largest regional airline, completed the first scheduled passenger flight of an Embraer E190-E2 this morning. The aircraft, registered LN-WEA and operating as flight WF622, departed Bergen Airport on time at 7:35 AM and arrived at Tromsø Airport two hours later at 9:35 AM local time. The flight was sold out.


Today's flight marks the official entry into service of the first of three new E-Jets E2s that Embraer has developed to succeed its first-generation E-Jets. Deliveries of the larger E195-E2 are planned to start in 2019, and in 2021 for the smaller E175-E2.

04 April, 2018

Norway's Widerøe Receives World's First Embraer E190-E2 Jet

Embraer and Widerøe, Scandinavia's largest regional airline, celebrated the delivery of the manufacturer's first production E190-E2 today at a ceremony at Embraer's facility in São José dos Campos. The Norwegian airline will start flying the new aircraft on domestic routes later this month.

 Looking great in the Wideroe livery.

The E190-E2 is the first of three new-generation aircraft seating from 80 to 146-seat E-Jets to be introduced through 2021. Widerøe's E190-E2 is configured with 114 seats in a single-class layout. Widerøe has contracted for up to 15 E-Jets E2s - three firm E190-E2 orders and purchase rights for an additional 12 E2s. The total value of the order is approximately USD 873 million if all rights are exercised.


"The E190-E2 is an impressive aircraft. It is the ideal airplane for Widerøe as we introduce jets for the first time in the company's 84-year history," said Stein Nilsen, Chief Executive Officer of Widerøe. "I am convinced our passengers are going to love the cabin, our operations people are going to embrace the new technology, while our financial collaborators will appreciate the economics the aircraft permits. I believe everyone is going to celebrate with, as the launch customer, the fact that we are the first airline to fly the world's most environmentally-friendly airplane. With the lowest noise and emissions among aircraft in its category."


26 January, 2018

Norwegian signs agreement with Widerøe

Norwegian and Widerøe signed an interline agreement today. The agreement includes all Widerøe’s Public Service Obligation routes in Norway (listed below) and Norwegian’s domestic routes in Norway. Initially, the flights will only be available for purchase through Widerøe’s channels, with an estimated launch during the first half of March.

The following Widerøe routes are included in the agreement:

Oslo - Røros
All routes from Oslo and Bergen to Sogn og Fjordane and Ørsta/Volda
All routes between Trondheim and Helgeland (Mo i Rana, Mosjøen, Brønnøysund og Sandnessjøen)
Trondheim and Oslo to Rørvik and Namsos
All routes in Nordland, Troms og Finnmark, except from Bodø - Bardufoss
Direct routes from Oslo to Helgeland (Mo i Rana, Mosjøen, Brønnøysund, Sandnessjøen) and Lofoten (Svolvær, Leknes, Stokmarknes)
Direct routes from Bergen to Bodø and Tromsø
Sandefjord/Kristiansand/Trondheim to Evenes





04 January, 2018

Embraer & Wideroe Deal

Embraer and Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia and launch customer for the E190-E2, have reached an agreement on a Flight Hour Pool Program for the airline's soon to be inducted E2 fleet. This is the first contract of its kind signed for the E-Jets E2, Embraer´s second generation of the E-Jets family of commercial aircraft.

The agreement will cover more than 300 key rotatable components, for the airline's E190-E2 fleet. Widerøe will receive its first E190-E2 in April of 2018, beginning revenue service with the aircraft shortly afterwards.

"This contract reminds me of the first Pool we signed for the E-Jets current generation, 14 years ago. It was for just one aircraft and proved to be the first of many others," said Johann Bordais, President & CEO, Embraer Service & Support. "Widerøe is once again showing their confidence in Embraer, its products and level of support; something that embeds our responsibility and commitment with the airline even deeper."

19 October, 2017

The First E190-E2 Goes to Wideroe in April 2018

The Brazillian aircraft manufacturer Embraer confirmed yesterday that the very first E190-E2 will be delivered to Widerøe, the aircraft’s launch operator in April of next year. 

The announcement was made at a special press briefing in Athens, Greece, during the annual general meeting of the European Regional Airline Association (ERA – www.eraa.org). Widerøe, the largest regional airline in Scandinavia, will begin revenue service with the aircraft shortly afterwards.

“Since the program was launched, the first half of 2018 has been our target, and now we are making good on this commitment. This was only possible thanks to the excellence of our engineering process due to our unique experience in certifying 12 new aircraft in the last 17 years,” said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “From the beginning, the E2 program has been, and remains on time, on budget and better than the initial specification. We’ll deliver to the market a mature and robust aircraft.”

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