Kansai airport re-opens, Norwegian back to reality?, Gulf Air, airBaltic, LOT and IndiGo with ambitious flight plans
– battered Osaka’s Kansai airport has partially re-opened with transport links still mostly cut and just one Terminal operational
– I actually thought they will make that work – but now Norwegian is dropping their (still relatively new) Singapore route
Norwegians fleet plans seem a bit more in touch with reality lately:
Norwegian is also looking at selling all Airbus A320neo it has on order, CFO Geir Karlsen was quoted as telling the investors by Reuters. According to the ch-aviation fleets module, the group has sixty-five A320neo and thirty-five A321neo(LR)s on order with the manufacturer. The carrier could either sell the A321neo or place them with the nascent Norwegian Air Argentina (DN, Buenos Aires Aeroparque) unit.
“The problem is not to sell them but to get the price we want. Hopefully, by the end of the year we should be able to disclose news on a transaction,” Karlsen said.
– Gulf Air is rumored to start service to the US East Coast with their new 787 deliveries next year
– airBaltic is teasing long-haul operations (it currently has none) – I can certainly see that happening – they do have a good regional ‘feed’ but it may be better to get someone like Norwegian to do the long haul marketing and branding
– LOT is planning to fly Miami to Warsaw soon
– last but not least IndiGo is now planning a London Gatwick flights with their new A321neo from New Delhi
IndiGo is surprisingly solid operation and may launch this long-haul with fares under $99 Round Trip.