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Norwegian airline Widerøe Flyveselskap is a shining example of an airline bucking the industry trends of economic losses and disillusioned passengers by not only showing positive results – pre-tax profits of NKr 47.1m (€6m) in 2009 which signifies an increase of 317 per cent on 2008 – but also an almost cultish customer following, judging by birthday wishes and love letters posted on Widerøe’s Facebook page.

Founded in 1934 by Viggo Widerøe and four other flying enthusiasts, Widerøe first operated as a seaplane ambulance, air taxi, “school bus” and…



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