LCC Norwegian mulls adding more longhaul flights to Singapore

Sande: more longhaul flights from Singapore wanted

After making its entrance in Asia with the launch of Singapore-London flights last month, LCC Norwegian yesterday said it is considering increasing frequency on the route, as well as connecting the Lion City to Scandinavia and European cities.

On top of bumping up frequency between Singapore (Changi) and London (Gatwick) to daily, from four times weekly, the carrier is hoping to add connections from Singapore to Barcelona and Rome, Lars Sande, the airline’s senior vice president, sales & distribution, shared.

Sande addressing agents in Singapore yesterday

However, its biggest concern now is navigating the law that prevents Scandinavian airlines from flying over Russia; a ruling that the team is working with the governments to repeal, Sande disclosed.

Sande announced this to travel agents in Singapore yesterday, during Norwegian’s first travel industry outreach event in Asia, where he said there is still little to no awareness of the airline.

He shared that Norwegian seats sold to travel agents will automatically include add-ons such as two check-in bags and seat selection. The airline currently has an online agent portal and agent training platform.

Sande added that Norwegian “controls” its costs by investing in areas such as selective crew distribution, limited branding and advertising as well as newer and more fuel-efficient aircraft.

Its longhaul routes are served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, and shorthaul flights by the Boeing 737.

Another differentiator for Norwegian is complimentary Wi-Fi on 90 to 95 per cent of its 737 fleet, said Sande. The airline is looking to install Wi-Fi on the rest of its fleet in the coming months.

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