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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Norwegian Air ends long-haul flights, talks of state involvement

Norwegian, which helped transform transatlantic travel by expanding the European budget airline business model to longer-haul destinations, has been forced to ground all but six of its aircraft amid the pandemic. — Reuters pic
Norwegian, which helped transform transatlantic travel by expanding the European budget airline business model to longer-haul destinations, has been forced to ground all but six of its aircraft amid the pandemic. — Reuters pic

OSLO, Jan 14 — Norwegian Air plans to close its long-haul operation and focus on a scaled-down European business, adding today that it had restarted talks with the government about possible government aid for its restructuring.

Norwegian, which helped transform transatlantic travel by expanding the European budget airline business model to longer-haul destinations, has been forced to ground all but six of its aircraft amid the pandemic.

The plan, which is subject to approval by an Irish bankruptcy court, is part of budget carrier Norwegian’s attempts to contend with the coronavirus crisis and complete a debt restructuring. If approved the proposal would cut Norwegian’s fleet to about 50 aircraft from the existing 140, it said.

It aims to cut its total debt to around 20 billion Norwegian crowns (RM9.7 billion) and to raise between four billion and five billion crowns with a mix of new shares and hybrid capital.

“The Company has recently reinitiated a dialogue with the Norwegian Government about possible state participation based on the current business plan,” the carrier said in a statement. — Reuters




Source: Malay Mail

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