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LONDON – Norwegian has this week (Sept 6) unveiled their passenger number results for the month of August 2018.

The carrier has carried 3,615,319 passengers in August, which was a 10% increase by around 335,794 passengers compared to the same period last year.

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Load factors were recorded at a steady 89.6% for their entire route network and 94% on their long-haul operations, mainly operated by their 787 Dreamliners.

Commenting on these results was Bjorn Kjos, the CEO of Norwegian.

“We are very pleased that an increasing number of passengers choose Norwegian for their travels.

I’d particularly like to point out our long-haul routes where the demand is high and continues to increase, not least between London and the US and Paris and the US.

We also see that more passengers from other continents connect to other destinations in Norwegian’s route network, which underlines the importance of a strong and seamless operation across the airline.

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I am also pleased to see that despite a high increase in available seats, we are filling the planes.

Our capacity growth is still high, but in line with our strategy, the growth will slow down compared to previous months.

We have been through a long period of strong growth and going forward we will reap what we have sown for the benefit of our customers, staff, and shareholders”.

Norwegian operated 99.4% of scheduled flights in August, with 75.6% of them departing on time.

The carrier received one 737MAX8 in August.

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For the whole year, Norwegian will receive 11 Boeing 787-9’s, 12 737MAX8’s and two 737-800 aircraft, all contributing to the young average fleet age of 3.7 years overall.

It will be interesting to see whether Norwegian continues with their profit, with annual results only a few months away.