Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Oslo-Bangkok - Norwegian: Not yet, Feel Air: Maybe!

                            Bangkok seen from top of Banyan Tree Hotel by Benh

Norwegian Air Shuttle has decided to postpone its plans to launch direct flights from Oslo to Bangkok to 2013. Feel Air, however, will take a decision during March.

Thailand is a favourite among Norwegians all year around. Many travel on chartered trips, whereas others book a flight and find hotels on arrival.

Until 2009 only chartered flights took passengers non-stop from Oslo to Bangkok. Regular air passengers had to change planes in a European hub. Thai Airways started non-stop flights from Oslo in June 15th. Since then budget air carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle and tiny Feel Air have announced their plans to fly non-stop Oslo Bangkok, but no new flights have materialized.

Finally Norwegian Air Shuttle announced that they will not start any service to Bangkok before 2013, at the earliest. This due to delays in deliverance of their new Boeing B787 "Dreamliner".

Tiny Feel Air, however, may be in the process of starting new non-stop flights to New York and Bangkok. Even though they have not signed any contracts to lease planes to operate these services, founder Ottar Lagarhus suggests that they are considering to launch flights and a final decision will be taken in March 2011.  Initially they planned to use Airbus A330-200 with room for 307 passengers.

We will keep you posted on Feel Air's progress. It may be make or break for this tiny air carrier. 

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