The reason, according to Reuters is that the U.S. government has not yet approved Norwegian’s new long-haul operations.
– Unfortunately, the delay in DOT Process (The U.S. Department of Transportation) does not give us no choice but to put our negotiations with Boeing to buy 20 new 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on hold, writes the CEO of Norwegian, Bjørn Kjos, in a letter to the Irish transport minister.
He points out that the future of their company in the United States must be resolved before they can move forward with negotiations with Boeing.
The airline has launched intercontinental flights with a license issued by non-EU Norway, but has applied to fly to the U.S. on an Irish license, to take advantage of wider traffic rights offered by the agreements between the EU countries and the U.S, writes Reuters.
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (OSE: NAS), trading as Norwegian, is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe, the second-largest airline in Scandinavia, and the ninth-largest airline in Europe in terms of passenger numbers. It offers a high-frequency domestic flight schedule within Scandinavia and to business destinations such as London, as well as to holiday destinations in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, transporting 17.7 million people in 2012.
As of September 2013, Norwegian operates 78 aircraft of which all are Boeing 737s, and is known for its distinctive livery of white with a red nose, with individual portraits of noteworthy Scandinavians on the tail fin. The airline has bases at Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH), Stockholm (ARN), Helsinki (HEL), London (LGW), Málaga (AGP), Las Palmas (LPA), Alicante (ALC), Bergen (BGO), Trondheim (TRD), Stavanger (SVG), Barcelona (BCN), Tenerife (TFS) (opening February 2014) and Madrid (opening June 2014).
Norwegian launched its long-haul operation in May 2013. In line with the majority of Norwegian’s operations also the long-haul flights are operated by two fully owned subsidiaries. Norwegian Long Haul is a legally separate entity with two unique AOC but shares branding and commercial set up with the rest of the Group.