Norwegian Air has announced today that they will cease flying long haul routes from both Copenhagen and Stockholm from the end of March 2020.
However, the airlines long haul routes from Oslo will continue, at least for the foreseeable future. Norwegian has suspended the Oslo-Bangkok route though.
Despite this, it isn’t all bad news. Whilst the removal of long haul services by the airline from Denmark and Sweden comes as a blow to those countries, the airline feels the demand just isn’t there. Therefore the Boeing 787 aircraft used on those routes will be re-deployed elsewhere in Europe.
Whilst further routes haven’t been announced, it is highly likely that there will be further long haul expansion at either London Gatwick, Barcelona or Paris.
Currently, the longhaul network from Stockholm is:
- Ft Lauderdale
Where as from Copenhagen, Norwegian serves:
This may seem like major news, the reality is that it’s only two destination’s being cut. The airline will exit Bangkok and Krabi completely. Where as Ft Lauderdale will still be served from Oslo and Paris year round, along with a seasonal Barcelona flight.
The Oslo and Stockholm – Bangkok route was one of the airlines first long haul routes, along with New York JFK back in 2013.
Norwegian’s major long haul base is London Gatwick, where the airline serves the following destinations:
- Buenos Aires
- Los Angeles
- New York JFK
- San Francisco
- Austin (seasonal)
- Chicago (seasonal)
- Denver (seasonal)
- Seattle (seasonal)
Although it should be noted that the flights from the UK are operated by Norwegian Air UK, with a fleet of 13 Boeing 787-9 aircraft registered in the UK.
Norwegians Long Haul Operations
Norwegian havent had the best track record with their long haul operations. Right from the start, the airline was plagued with technical issues with their Boeing 787 aircraft. This meant that the airline had to lease in aircraft from the likes of HiFly, Evelop, and Wamos.
The airline even launched their long haul routes using a pair of leased Airbus A340 aircraft from HiFly back in 2013.
The long haul arm of the airline also has a reputation for heavy delays to its flights. In some cases, flights have been delayed for up to 48 hours due to the tight scheduling of their aircraft. Once a particular aircraft hits a delay, it struggles to make up any time due to the bare minimum turn around times.
Norwegian Long Haul has made good use of the Airbus A380 owned by wet lease operator HiFly, due to issues with their own Boeing 787 fleet.
In all, Norwegian operate 34 Boeing 787 aircraft on their long haul routes, 13 of which under the Norwegian Air UK umbrella.