Norwegian Air Argentina receives its AOC

Norwegian Air Argentina S.A. (Buenos Aires) is a new airline based in Argentina. It is owned by the Norwegian Air Group.

The new airline received its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) on January 26, 2018 after being established on January 25, 2017.

The airline plans to operate six Boeing 737-800s with operations from Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Mendoza.

Norwegian transferred Boeing 737-800 EI-FVO to Argentinas as LV-HQH for the certification process.

The new airline is expected to launch operations in the second quarter of 2018.

Norwegian Air Shuttle issued this statement:

The low-fare airline Norwegian Air Argentina (NAA) received on January 26, 2018 the Air Services Operator Certificate (AOC) from the National Government. The document recognizes the company as a commercial airline, and certifies that it complies with safety and quality standards to carry out aeronautical operations and activities, in accordance with the law of the Argentine Republic.

Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian, said: “We are honored to receive the authorization by the Argentine Government and we thank the Minister of Transportation Guillermo Dietrich and his team for the trust in Norwegian. This is great news that shows that we are getting closer to the start of our operations in Argentina with our safe, efficient and friendly service”.

Ole Christian Melhus, CEO of Norwegian Air Argentina, said: “We received the AOC with great enthusiasm and honor and it is a major milestone for our journey in Argentina. We also thank the director of the National Administration of Civil Aviation, Tomás Insausti and all his team for their professionalism and dedication. Now we will focus on starting to offer safe flights and affordable fares to millions of passengers soon, as well as job creation and contributing to the stimulation of the local economy”.

Norwegian Air Argentina is an Argentine airline and was set up in March 2017. On December 11, 2017, the Argentine Government granted Norwegian Air Argentina 152 routes; among them, 72 domestic destinations and 80 international. The company received its first aircraft, a Boeing 737-800 on January 15 with local Hero Astor Piazzolla as the Tail Fin Hero.

Norwegian Air UK currently operates a route linking London (Gatwick) with Buenos Aires.

In other news, Norwegian announced that Scottish poet Robert Burns will become the first Scottish ‘tail fin hero’, as people across the globe celebrate Burns Night!

Burns Night is annual event to celebrate the life and work of Robert Burns on the anniversary of his birthday – January 25. The first Burns supper was held in July 1801 when Burns’ close friends got together to mark the fifth anniversary of his death. The night included performances of Burn’s work and was such a resounding success they decided to hold it again, beginning the tradition of Burns Night!

The renowned poet’s portrait will grace the tail fin of a Norwegian Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft (below) which will take to the skies later this Spring.

All photos by Norwegian.

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