Tag Archives: 35313

Norwegian today launches London Gatwick – Orlando flights

Norwegian Long Haul (Norwegian Air Shuttle) (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) today (April 4) launched nonstop Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service from London (Gatwick) to Orlando. Earlier this week, Norwegian also started the first nonstop flight between Copenhagen and Orlando. Orlando was launched as a long-haul destination by Norwegian last year from Oslo.

According to the airline, “the London Gatwick (LGW) to Orlando (MCO) route will go operate once a week, on Saturdays. To launch more long-haul routes between London Gatwick and the United States is part of Norwegian’s strategy to grow globally and get a stronger foothold internationally. Last summer, Norwegian launched direct flights to New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX) to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood (FLL) from London Gatwick.

Norwegian currently has seven Dreamliner planes that operate long-haul routes between the US and Europe, and between Scandinavia and Asia. In 2018, Norwegian will have a long-haul fleet of 17 Dreamliner aircraft.”

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner EI-LNF (msn 35313) arrives at London (Gatwick).

Norwegian aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

AG Bottom Ad Bar

The DOT tells Norwegian it needs more time to reach a decision on Norwegian Air International

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Norwegian Long Haul) (Oslo) issued this statement (translated from Norwegian) concerning the delay by the Department of Transportation (DOT) in approving the controversial application of Norwegian Air International (NAI) based in Ireland:

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) decision to continue processing the application for the Norwegian EU-based subsidiary does not affect long-haul flights between Europe and the USA. Norwegian Air Shuttle has all rights to fly. The subsidiary Norwegian Air International (NAI) (Dublin) is still waiting for a permanent permit to fly.

The decision by the DOT means that it needs more time to process the application for a permanent permit to fly for NAI. The license will be the same as Norwegian already has in the parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle (Oslo). DOT has also not granted the application by NAI for a temporary permit to fly. Norwegian expects the American authorities, based on the Open Skies agreement between Europe and the USA , will approve the applications that have been considered too long. NAI is in every respect an EU company that got its Irish flight license in February 2014.

Norwegian flies today with Norwegian pilot’s license and has all air rights and is therefore not dependent on a temporary permit for the NAI subsidiary. NAI must have a permanent permit issued by American authorities to fly to the European-based flight certificate (AOC).

“It is unfortunate that American authorities are further delaying our application that have been considered for over six months. We look forward to answering any new questions that the ministry has so that we can get a permanent permit to fly without further delay”, says Asgeir Nyseth, CEO of NAI.

Both the European Commission and the Irish authorities support NAI’s rights to fly under the Open Skies Agreement. The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has also approved the application and confirmed that the NAI meets all the required safety requirements.

“Norwegian DOT expects to see through all the false accusations and the massive campaigns that have been waged to stop us, both among competitors and unions. Norwegian does exactly what the Obama administration wants; create new jobs and contribute to increased tourism and growth in the tourism industry” continues Nyseth.

Great support from the United States

Norwegian has received considerable political support in the United States, including the three previous transport ministers from both the Democratic and Republican side, as well as local authorities and airports. In addition, tourist organizations, the US Travel Association and the Travel Technology Association have shown great support.

Norwegian started the long haul division in 2013 with new, fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The company now has three long-haul bases; in New York, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Bangkok. The fourth base is now established at London Gatwick. 300 American cabin crews are based in the United States.

Copyright Photo: Stefan Sjogren/AirlinersGallery.com. Norwegian Long Haul’s Boeing 787-8 EI-LNF (msn 35313) lands at Stockholm (Arlanda).

Norwegian Aircraft Slide Show: CLICK HERE