Posted on: 30 May 2013 by Mark Howells
Norwegian has performed its first long-haul flight from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to New York JFK airport.
“The launch of our intercontinental routes is an important milestone in Norwegian’s history. Our goal is that even more passengers can afford to fly – also to other continents,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos.
“We are very happy for the great reception of our long-haul routes and that we finally – after years of planning – are able to welcome our first New York passengers on board. The market for intercontinental flights has long been characterised by artificially high fares and limited flexibility. The reception of our new long-haul routes shows that many want to fly inexpensively and comfortably to New York, Bangkok and Fort Lauderdale,” added Kjos.
He also announced that Norwegian will expand the number of weekly flights between Oslo and New York from three to four. From 29 November, Norwegian will be offering daily flights between New York and Scandinavia.
Norwegian's long-haul routes are being operated by an Airbus A340-300 from the European leasing company HiFly. Norwegian expects to take delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner in late June and enter long-haul service in August. Norwegian currently has eight Dreamliners on order, three to be delivered in 2013, four in 2014 and one in 2015.