OSLO (MARCH 6, 2018) - Norwegian carried more than 2.3 million passengers in February, an increase of 11 percent compared to the same month previous year. The increase is primarily driven by intercontinental expansion.
A total of 2,330,006 passengers chose to fly with Norwegian in February, an increase of 239,663 passengers from the same period last year. The total traffic growth (RPK) increased by 32 percent and the capacity growth (ASK) increased by 35 percent. The load factor was 84.3 percent, down two percentage points.
“We are pleased with the continued growth in both leisure and business passengers in February, a month traditionally characterized by less demand. The global expansion continued with the strongest growth on routes between Europe and the U.S.,” said CEO of Norwegian, Bjørn Kjos.
Norwegian operated 98.9 percent of the scheduled flights in February, whereof 74.7 percent departed on time. The on-time performance was influenced by wintry conditions in Europe.
Norwegian’s fleet renewal program continues with full force in 2018. The company took delivery of its last Boeing 737-800 and two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in February. This year, Norwegian will take delivery of 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 12 Boeing 737 MAX 8 and two Boeing 737-800. With an average age of only 3.6 years, Norwegian’s fleet is one of the world’s “greenest” and most modern.
Please find more information in the attached traffic report.
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Norwegian is the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline and carried around 33 million passengers in 2017. The airline operates 500 routes to 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, the U.S and South America. Norwegian has a fleet of 150 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world’s youngest fleets. Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for five consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2017, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Norwegian employs 9,000 people.