I wonder how much they blew on ad-hoc charters after the Kirsten Flagstad 787-9 was out of service for over a month in CPH (hence the A332 lease from EB/Wamos on LGW-JFK) or the A343 lease from 5M/Hi Fly Malta last month, even if that was only for a week? I noticed that while they've been adding 787s, the flights they get sent on are mostly intra-europe flights from OSL to NCE, BCN, AGP, etc. prior to being based at LGW (with overflow to OSL and CPH, being limited in LGW without cutting their shorthaul network) as opposed to expanding more long haul frequencies or doing even more routes yet (while their recent route announcements over the last few months were aplenty indeed it probably
could've started a bit earlier). I mean, they still made a profit, no? *shrug*
Well, with BA at LGW, IB/Level at BCN, and now UA at EWR responding to them what can one really expect? Just this month they're getting two 787s (the first delivered yesterday), and as many as two or three more are already coming online relatively soon. I suppose there's always waiting until the summer season is through along with the inauguration of SEA, DEN, and SIN to find out for sure, which'd also make even a little preview for AUS, ORD, and further inaugurations/expansions out of FCO and CDG.
But then again, these numbers are for Norwegian as a whole, including DY, D8 and DU (even though the latter code isn't active) aren't they? Honestly at this point I'm expecting their operation within Europe supports their long haul operation which can't be that bad, although then again
they have no feed on this side of the Atlantic, and rely on their low fares to attract O&D/self-connecting traffic which while in high volume indeed can't be the best for yields.
What will surprise many people is that Norwegian is heavily into aircraft leasing, which is a risky business done by few airlines. If you are a lessor like GECAS or AerCap, you can stand the losses from a few aircraft, but Norwegian is going to be hit hard by unwanted A320neos arriving in 2017 and 2018.
Those are the ones they're leasing to UO (HK Express), yes? Not that I'd know where to find out, is it that they're having trouble finding homes with other airlines?