Category Archives: Norse Atlantic Airways

Norse Atlantic Airways takes off with its first flight from Oslo to New York

Norse Atlantic Airways on June 14 celebrated the first commercial departure of flight NO 01 from Oslo to New York JFK.

This flight also marked the formal opening of the new non-Schengen terminal at Oslo Airport which, following the first Norse departure, will welcome passengers to a modern and efficient new airport experience. Both of these milestones were celebrated at the terminal by invited guests, passengers and colleagues from across the airline and airport.

“Norse Atlantic Airways has now entered a new chapter, we are delivering on our promise to offer affordable value and a quality travelling experience to all. Our first Norse Atlantic Airways flight to New York from Oslo is the culmination of months of preparation and hard work by dedicated colleagues across all departments. This marks a proud moment for us all at Norse as we now look ahead to ramping up our network for the benefit of customers, businesses and local economies” said Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO of Norse Atlantic Airways.

 

The full flight from Oslo to New York, operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner,  departed at 19.50 and touched down at 22.00 local time in New York JFK following an eight hour flight time.

  • Flights from Oslo to New York commenced on June 14 and will ramp up to daily flights from July 4, with one-way fares starting from NOK 995.
  • Flights from Oslo to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood will commence on June 18 operating three weekly flights with one-way fares starting from NOK 1497.
  • Flights between Oslo and Orlando will commence on July 5 operating three weekly flights, one-way fares start from NOK 1497.
  • Flights from Oslo to Los Angeles will commence on August 9 operating three weekly flights with one-way fares starting from NOK 1797.

Norse Atlantic offers two cabin choices, Economy and Premium. Passengers can choose from a simple range of fares, Light, Classic and Plus, that reflect the way that they want to travel, and which options are important to them. Light fares represent Norse’s value option while Plus fares include the maximum baggage allowance, two meal services an enhanced airport and onboard experience and increased ticket flexibility.

The large and spacious Boeing 787 Dreamliner cabin offers passengers a relaxed and comfortable travel experience with each seat including a personal state of the art entertainment experience. Our Premium cabin offers an industry leading 43” seat pitch and 12” recline allowing passengers to arrive at their destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore their destination.

Traveling Editor Jay Selman was on the inaugural flight and will be his observations in a new report.

 

Norse Atlantic Airways to launch flights between London Gatwick and New York JFK on August 12

Norse Atlantic Airways has made this announcement:

Norse Atlantic Airways has opened ticket sales for flights between London Gatwick and New York JFK on www.flynorse.com. UK customers will be able to take advantage of affordable fares and enjoy a quality service on board modern Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The daily direct service will commence on August 12, 2022.

Fares will start from as low as £255 return, including all applicable taxes. The first flight departing London Gatwick to New York (JFK) will take place on 12th August 2022. Norse Atlantic will offer a daily service between the UK and the US. Other US destinations will be announced soon.

The daily flight will depart from London at 13.00 and arrive in New York at 15.55 local time. The return departs New York at 17.55 and lands in London Gatwick at 06.20 local time the following day.

Temporarily from August and throughout the summer Norse Atlantic will also operate flights between London Gatwick and Oslo. The daily morning flights between London and Oslo, operated by Boeing 787 Dreamliners offering both our Premium and Economy cabins, are available to book now with fares from only £41 one way including taxes. Our London to Oslo flights will not only provide the most comfortable option to travel to Norway they will also allow UK customers to take advantage of our flights from Oslo to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando and Los Angeles.

Norse Atlantic offers two cabin choices, Economy and Premium. Passengers can choose from a simple range of fares, Light, Classic and Plus, that reflect the way that they want to travel, and which options are important to them. Light fares represent Norse’s value option while Plus fares include the maximum baggage allowance, two meal services an enhanced airport and onboard experience and increased ticket flexibility.

Photo: Malcolm Nason.

The large and spacious Boeing 787 Dreamliner cabin offers passengers a relaxed and comfortable travel experience with each seat including a personal state of the art entertainment experience. Our Premium cabin offers an industry leading 43” seat pitch and 12” recline allowing passengers to arrive at their destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore their destination.

Norse Atlantic to start operations on June 14

Norse Atlantic Airways has announced the start dates of its first routes and fares.

The first inaugural flight will be launched on June 14.

Fares will start from an unprecedented NOK 995 and $129 one-way, including all applicable taxes. The first flight departing from Oslo to New York (JFK) will take place on June 14. The airline will also serve Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL), Orlando (MCO) and Los Angeles (LAX) from Oslo.

Norse will operate between Oslo, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Orlando and Los Angeles.

  • Flights from Oslo to New York will commence on June 14, 2022 ramping up to daily flights from 4th July, with one-way fares starting from NOK 995.
  • Flights from Oslo to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood will commence on June 18, 2022 operating three weekly flights with one-way fares starting from NOK 1497.
  • Flights between Oslo and Orlando will commence on July 5, 2022 operating three weekly flights, one-way fares start from NOK 1497.
  • Flights from Oslo to Los Angeles will commence on August 9, 2022 operating three weekly flights with one-way fares starting from NOK 1797.

Norse Atlantic offers two cabin choices, Economy and Premium. Passengers can choose from a simple range of fares, Light, Classic and Plus, that reflect the way that they want to travel, and which options are important to them. Light fares represent Norse’s value option while Plus fares include the maximum baggage allowance, two meal services an enhanced airport and onboard experience and increased ticket flexibility.

The large and spacious Boeing 787 Dreamliner cabin offers passengers a relaxed and comfortable travel experience with each seat including a personal state of the art entertainment experience. Our Premium cabin offers an industry leading 43” seat pitch and 12” recline allowing passengers to arrive at their destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore their destination.

First group of flight attendants:

Norse Atlantic to start flying in June, leases out its idle Boeing 787s

Norse Atlantic Airways (Oslo) is now planning to launch operations in June. The delay is due to the on-going war in Ukraine.

The new airline made this announcement:

Norse Atlantic Airways and Spanish airline Air Europa have signed a term sheet for the sublease of four aircraft, two Boeing 787-8s and two Boeing 787-9s. The agreement will generate positive cash flow for Norse for a period of 18 months.

“This sublease agreement with Air Europa provides a compelling opportunity to generate positive cash flow from aircraft that we were not planning to fully utilize in our start-up phase. The agreement strengthens our already solid financial position as we continue to stay true to our strategy of cautiously entering the market and ramping up based on customer demand,” said Norse CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen.

The aircraft will be delivered to Air Europa in the second quarter. The sublease is subject to completion of documentation, expected to occur around the end of April.

Norse commences ticket sales later this month and the first flight will take off in June. Norse plans to serve destinations including Oslo, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles and Florida. The route network will be announced when ticket sales are launched.   

 

Norse Atlantic Airways secures London Gatwick slots and adapts launch plans

Norse Atlantic Airways made this announcement:

The current market situation is heavily impacted by the tragic events unfolding in Ukraine that have resulted in increased fuel prices and uncertainties relating to travel demand. To ensure that the Company enters the market at the right time, Norse has adjusted its launch of ticket sales and initial route offering; the company plans ticket sales to commence in April and first flight is expected to be in June 2022. At the same time, the Company has secured important slots at London Gatwick Airport.

“The tragedy unfolding in Ukraine creates uncertainties within international air transport that we take seriously. Norse’s flexible fleet arrangements, low cost base and strong financial foundation allow us to take a careful approach to launch. We are in a unique position as we have not yet started flying, which gives us the advantage to enter the market cautiously in line with demand and quickly adapt to unforeseen events. A gradual approach where ramp-up is exclusively driven by demand, will enable us to preserve our strong, debt-free balance sheet and cost base,” said CEO and Founder Bjørn Tore Larsen of Norse.

Norse intends to commence flights in June, flying between Norway and select destinations in the U.S. It plans to add other European destinations, such as Paris and London, as soon as the market situation allows. Recently securing important slots at London Gatwick Airport gives the airline access to one of the most attractive markets in Europe. The slots were awarded to Norse at no cost by the UK airport slots coordinator.

“We’re thrilled to have been awarded slots to operate flights to and from London Gatwick Airport as it gives us access to a very attractive market. We look forward to working closely with the great team at Gatwick Airport,” Larsen said.

The route network will be announced when ticket sales are launched.

“We have the necessary flexibility to quickly adapt to unforeseen events and ramp up with more aircraft and affordable flights to exciting destinations as soon as the market situation allows. A highly motivated Team Norse and the fact that we currently only pay for our aircraft when they are in operation also gives us a competitive advantage,” Larsen added.

“The current global situation makes it challenging to predict the demand for transatlantic travel. However, we strongly believe that the demand will bounce-back with full force because people will want to explore new destinations, visit friends and family and travel for business. Norse will be there to offer attractive and affordable flights on our more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners to both leisure and cost-conscious business travelers,” Larsen said.

Pilot and cabin crew recruitment  

Norse has secured pilots and cabin crew sufficient for the initial routes. A pilot base has been established in Oslo and the first cabin crew base has been established in Fort Lauderdale. Training of the pilot and cabin crew instructors has commenced with a steady ramp-up planned for crew to start to ensure that Norse only takes on crew cost immediately before take-off. The company has also started cabin crew recruitment in Oslo and will establish crew bases in several locations in line with increased operation.

Norse has signed collective bargaining agreements with pilot and cabin crew unions in Norway, the US and UK.

Dreamliner fleet  

Norse has a fleet of modern, more environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The Company has taken delivery of nine aircraft that are currently parked at Oslo Airport. The remaining six will be delivered consecutively in the coming months. The company will start utilizing its fleet cautiously and gradually add capacity in line with demand.

Norse received its Air Operator Certificate by Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority in December 2021. The airline received a foreign air carrier permit from the U.S. Department of Transportation in January.

Norse Atlantic’s 5th 787 Dreamliner is named ‘Everglades’

Norse Atlantic Airways has taken delivery of its fifth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

LN-FNC is named “Everglades”.

The new airline made this announcement on social media yesterday:

Our fifth longship ‘Everglades’ arrived tonight in Oslo to join our other Dreamliner’s. Named after Florida’s famed subtropical national park, she will soon fly explorers visiting the United States’ many sunny destinations and we can’t wait!

The airline plans to have 15 Dreamliners.

 

Norse Atlantic aims for ticket sales to start in late March and the first flight to take off in the second quarter

Norse Atlantic Airways is gearing up for the launch of affordable transatlantic flights. The airline aims to launch ticket sales by the end of March and the first commercial flight to take off in the second quarter from Oslo to a U.S. destination. Pilot training has commenced, and cabin crew training will start shortly.

“Future customers and supporters on both sides of the Atlantic are reaching out to us every day asking about when they can start buying tickets, when we will be airborne and not least what routes we will be offering. We are thrilled about the interest in the market and can confirm that our goal is to launch ticket sales by the end of March and our first flight to take off in the second quarter,” said CEO Bjørn Tore Larsen of Norse. The first flight will depart from Oslo to a U.S. destination.

“We are working on finalizing our route network and look forward to announcing our destinations when we open for sale,” he added.

Pilot and cabin crew recruitment 

The company received more than 3,000 applications to its initial 50 pilot positions based in Oslo and training has now commenced. The first cabin crew base will be established in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and training of the first class of a total of more than 400 team members will start in a few weeks. Cabin crew bases in other locations will be established in line with increased operation.

“Our people will be our competitive advantage. We are building a high-performance culture and creating an environment where we value diversity, ensuring that all colleagues feel a sense of belonging. We are very pleased with the colleagues we have recruited so far,” Larsen said.

Norse has signed collective bargaining agreements with pilot and cabin crew unions in Norway, the U.S. and UK.

Dreamliner fleet 

Norse has a fleet of modern and more environmentally friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The company has taken delivery of four aircraft that are currently parked at Oslo Airport. The remaining 11 will be delivered consecutively in the coming months. The company will start cautiously and gradually add capacity in line with demand.

“We believe that transatlantic travel will resume with full force once the pandemic is behind us. People will want to explore new destinations, visit friends and family and travel for business. Norse will be there to offer attractive and affordable flights on our more environmentally friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliners to both leisure and cost-conscious business travelers,” Larsen added.

Norse received its Air Operator Certificate by Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority in December 2021. The airline received a Foreign Air Carrier Permit from the U.S. Department of Transportation in January.

The U.S. Department of Transportation approves Norse Atlantic Airways’ application for transatlantic flights

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) on January 14 approved Norse Atlantic Airways’ application for the operation of flights between Norway/The European Union and the United States.

Norse Atlantic will deliver many jobs to American workers, including hundreds of U.S.-based flight attendants, and will partner with local communities, tourism organizations, businesses, and labor to stimulate economic growth in regions throughout the United States and Europe. In May, Norse Atlantic reached a historic pre-hire agreement with the U.S. Association of Flight Attendants.

Wide support for affordable transatlantic flights 

Since its inception, Norse Atlantic has received wide support from communities, airport authorities, and labor organizations on both sides of the Atlantic.

In December 2021, Norse received its Air Operator’s Certificate by Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority and took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Norse plans to start commercial operation in spring 2022 with the first flights connecting Oslo to select cities in the U.S.

Norse Atlantic names its second Boeing 787 “longship” as “Rago”

Norse Atlantic Airways has made this announcement on social media:

Our second longship “Rago”, named after one of the oldest national parks in Norway has now found its new home in Oslo.

The new airline received its AOC from Norway on December 29, 2021.

Norse Atlantic Airways receives its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC)

The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority today (December 30, 2021) issued an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to Norse Atlantic Airways. The new airline is on track to start transatlantic flights in spring 2022.

An AOC is the approval granted by a national aviation authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and systems in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public.

Norse plans to start commercial operation in spring 2022 and the first flights will depart from Oslo to selected cities in the U.S.

Norse will be offering direct flights from Oslo to: • Los Angeles (Ontario Intl. Airport) • New York (Stewart Intl. Airport) • Fort Lauderdale/Miami (Ft. Lauderdale Intl. Airport) .