OSLO (Reuters) – Norwegian Air NORR.OL nonetheless wants extra cash as a way to climate the COVID-19 pandemic, the price range service stated on Friday, because it reported a deep loss for the primary half of 2020. FILE PHOTO: A Norwegian Air airplane is refuelled at Oslo Gardermoen airport, Norway, November 7, 2019. REUTERS/Lefteris KaragiannopoulosThe firm will put 5 extra plane again within the air in September, elevating the entire to 25, whereas 115 planes stay grounded. “Norwegian is facing challenging times ahead,” the airline stated in an announcement. The hard-hit trade noticed Virgin Atlantic Airways submitting for chapter safety in a U.S. court docket earlier this month, whereas American Airways (AAL.O), United Airways (UAL.O) and Delta Air Traces (DAL.N) have introduced massive layoffs. Collectors and lessors took management of Norwegian in May with a monetary rescue that allowed it to entry state-guaranteed loans, with an purpose of maintaining the airline in enterprise till demand for air journey resumes. “We are thankful for the loan guarantee made available to us by the Norwegian government which we worked hard to obtain,” Norwegian Air’s Chief Govt Jacob Schram stated in an announcement. “However, given the current market conditions it is not enough to get through this prolonged crisis,” Schram stated. Norwegian Air posted a January-June internet lack of 5.four billion Norwegian crowns ($610 million), in contrast with a lack of 1.four billion crowns within the year-ago interval. Nordic rival SAS (SAS.ST), which is attempting to assemble assist for a 14-billion Swedish crown recapitalisation plan, posted a multi-billion crown loss for its May-July quarter this week. Norwegian goals to rebuild operations, albeit on a smaller scale, after it gained the backing of homeowners and collectors for a 12.7 billion crowns debt conversion and share sale, and accessed a three billion crowns authorities assist package deal three months in the past. With most of its enterprise on maintain, Norwegian cancelled orders for 97 Boeing (BA.N) plane in late June and stated it might declare compensation from the U.S. airplane maker for the grounding of the 737 MAX and for 787 engine troubles. Reporting by Terje Solsvik and Victoria Klesty; Modifying by Kim Coghill, Shailesh Kuber and Amy Caren DanielOur Requirements:The Thomson Reuters Belief Rules.