Wednesday, February 1, 2017

NEW AIRLINE PLANS: Norwegian Air Argentina created: Possible Plans to fly Domestic & International LCC Service


Norwegian Long Haul CEO Bjorn Kos and other company executives visited Argentina in early October and met with Argentine Minister of Tourism Gustavo Santos, Minister of Transport Guillermo Dietrich and Aeropuertos Argentinos 2000 CEO Eduardo Eurnekian to reportedly discuss proposed long-haul Low Cost Carrier (LCC) service by Norwegian from Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) to Oslo (OSL), London and Paris using 787-8's or 787-9's.  

The airline's interest in operating low-cost domestic Argentine services initially appeared to be minimal due to the many hurdles to overcome in establishing such service but Mr. Kos and his colleagues were persuaded to visit Cordoba (COR) and Chubut during their visit to Argentina to get a better idea of important "interior" points of the country. 

Norwegian attended the December 27 Route Hearing only as an "observer" but indications have been that the carrier would like to start LCC domestic service in Argentina in late 2017 with 6-10 737-800's or MAX 8's and 200-300 employees from bases in Buenos Aires Ezeiza (EZE) and Aeroparque (AEP) and Cordoba (COR), like so many other airlines due to its central Argentina location and being the second largest city in the country, plus possibly Mendoza (MDZ) too.  

This was followed by the official registration of Norwegian Air Argentina on 26Jan17 capitalized with US$ 100,000 for 99 years with a board composed of three Argentine directors.   

Sources:

http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2016/avn161013/avn-161013.html
http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2016/avn161222/avn-161222.html
http://www.siscoma.com.ar/online/aviacion/2017/avn170202/avn-170202.html

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