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Norwegian delays Canada and Argentina flights

Chief executive Bjorn Kjos says the postponement is due to engine supply delays at Boeing.

Norwegian has pushed back the launch of its first routes between Europe and Canada until next year, while domestic flights in Argentina may also be slightly postponed, Bloomberg reports.

The announcement comes just days after the loss-making low-cost carrier said that some of its existing transatlantic flights would be discontinued.

Chief executive Bjorn Kjos explains in an interview that the decision to postpone flights to Canada is due to a four-week delivery delay affecting GE Aviation’s engines to Boeing’s new 737 MAX aircraft, leaving too little time to market the planned routes.

Ticket sales had been set to start last month and flights to launch on July 23, according to the Canadian Transportation Agency. Now flights will not start until spring 2019.

“We got a slight delay, not much, but it gave us a month shorter pre-sale period,” Kjos said.

GE says that deliveries to both Boeing and its rival Airbus’s A320neo program are about one month behind schedule.

The low-cost routes to Canada routes will eventually compete with those offered by budget carriers Air Transat, WestJet and Air Canada’s no-frills Rouge as well as full-service operators.

Riga-based Primera Air, which has secondary hubs across the Nordic region, is also due to start services to Toronto from London, Birmingham and Paris this summer.

Delay for Argentina
Kjos said that Norwegian’s launch of domestic flights in Argentina may also now be delayed, to be timed for the start of the high season in October instead of the planned August launch, Bloomberg reports.

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