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Feb 28, 2017

The airline that could kill off Australia’s low-cost carriers

The airline Norwegian is shaking up the aviation industry, exploiting opportunities to do to established carriers what Qantas wanted to do years ago.

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

"Norwegian" mightn’t register as an airline of note in this country, but it is doing to aviation what flags-of-convenience shipping did to once-powerful maritime empires worldwide.

It carries the branding of one of the highest cost yet most liveable and wealthy countries on Earth, and is rapidly expanding its reach using offshore bases in such places as Ireland, Thailand and now the US -- as in the "broken" or "forgotten" parts of America.

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3 thoughts on “The airline that could kill off Australia’s low-cost carriers

  1. jon t

    The stateless airline seems to be the next move to avoid all those taxes governments like to collect. The federal departure tax is unavoidable so maybe that’s the way tax collection will be done in future

  2. AR

    I’m sorry but I’ve had a short nap – has UberAir not yet landed?

    1. Graham R

      You neat me to it, AR!

      What we need is UberAir. If all those pesky regulations the taxi industry had to comply with turned out to be unnecessary, so they well might in the aviation industry, bringing costs down.

      This would be particularly apt in WA, where regional airfares are at international-flight levels. Western Australians would go see their own country if they could remotely afford it.

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