SASViking wrote:a350lover wrote:Do you guys think AY could show at some point in future interest in Norwegian?
Norwegian has a "strong" and extensive network between Scandinavia, Europe and the UK to USA.
Finnair has one of the most extensive networks from Europe and Helsinki to Asia.
They could truly be a strong competitor for SAS in Scandinavia and from their hubs, and work in different regions of the planet.
I am sure I haven't been the first to come up with this idea. Many reasons for this not to happen, sure. Just was curious as if you think this could work.
Finnair have had a minor stake in Norwegian, I believe that it was a part of the deal when Norwegian bought Finnair-owned FlyNordic. They sold the stake quite a while back.
Other than that, I really struggle to see what Norwegian can bring to Finnair.
Norwegian are cutting most of their US routes from Scandinavia, mainly because they can't compete well with SAS and others. Low frequency vs. high frequency etc.
I don't think that Finnair would be interested in an airline whos main focus is LGW, CDG/ORY, FCO and MAD and an airline with huge debt. I don't think that other OW partners such as BA, IB and AA would be very happy if Finnair bought Norwegian with the purpose of maintaining Norwegians current LH strategy.
Either Norwegian will be bought by IAG and "merged" into Vueling/Level and BA's LGW operations or they'll go bankrupt. That's the only 2 scenarios I think are likely
Yes in 2007 Finnair sold their ARN based LCC FlyNordic to Norwegian Air Shuttle and got a minor stake in the company. In 2010 Norwegian and Finnair were in talks to start a closer co-operation, DY was growing and AY needed a regional feeder. That didn't work out, Finnair sold the stake in 2013. As SASViking said, it's highly unlikely these two would find each other again.