Norwegian Air Shuttle passengers on certain routes should be aware of potential cancellations and delays in light of difficulties with replacing aircraft undergoing repair.
Two weeks ago Point Me To The Plane warned about the outsourcing of the below Norwegian routes to other European carriers, and what that would mean for travelers expecting to fly state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
Norwegian has been leasing aircraft from several charter airlines to continue operating routes scheduled on Dreamliners which have been taken out of service to undergo engine repairs.
According to FlightAware data, a rash of Norwegian cancellations and delays, mainly associated with these wet leased routes, have plagued Norwegian passengers this month.
EuroAtlantic operated Norwegian flights between Paris Orly Airport (ORY) and Newark Liberty Airport (EWR) have suffered seven cancellations and two delays over an hour in the past 12 days.
Hi Fly, a Portuguese charter company Norwegian is relying upon most heavily, is also experiencing operational issues on Norwegian-leased routes between North American and European city pairs. Passengers ticketed on any Hi Fly operated Norwegian flights through late July should take note of recent flight data for potential future disruptions.
About one-third of Flights Between Barcelona (BCN) and Newark have been delayed over an hour in both directions in the past two weeks.
Two-thirds of eastbound flights between Barcelona and Oakland International (OAK) have been delayed more than an hour.
Between Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) and New York Kennedy (JFK), passengers have only experienced delays eastbound from JFK. About half of Europe-bound flights in the past 10 days have been delayed more than an hour.
Between CDG and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), there have been one cancellation and two lengthy delays westbound to LAX and three delays of multiple hours eastbound toward CDG in the past couple weeks.
Wamos’ operated Norwegian flight between London Gatwick (LGW) and JFK has experienced an hour or more delay every segment outbound from JFK over the past 11 days. A handful of flights inbound from LGW have been delayed as well.
Privilege Style’s single operated Norwegian routing is between Rome (FCO) and EWR. Fliers on this routing have experienced the least amount of disruptions with all flights inbound from FCO having departed on time and only a pair of delays outbound from EWR over the past couple weeks
What You Can Do
Passengers ticketed on Norwegian between North America and Europe in the near future should set expectations regarding cabin comfort and flight disruptions, given Norwegian’s outsourcing of operations for multiple routes. Check flights in advance, and call the airline as soon as you have a chance.
Certain travel credit cards, including Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cards, many Chase Ink business cards, Citi Prestige cards and most American Express cards, come with automatic travel insurance that may help cover expensive last-minute rebookings on alternate airlines in the event of cancellations or trip-compromising delays.
Backup options are warranted for flyers on EuroAtlantic’s operated flight given the numerous recent cancelations. Passengers ticketed on Hi Fly operated flights should also brace for delays.