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Norwegian announces low-cost long-haul flights from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport to the U.S.

Press Release   •   Feb 19, 2016 08:46 GMT

  • New flights from the French capital to New York JFK, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale/Miami airports, with fares starting from €179 one-way

Europe’s third-largest low-cost airline Norwegian, announces the launch of new long-haul operations from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport.

From 29 July, Norwegian will begin its first operations from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport with low-cost long-haul flights to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale/Miami on the following schedules:

New York JFK Start date - 29 July

Four times weekly - Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday

Fares from €179 one-way

Los Angeles Start date - 30 July

Twice weekly - Tuesday and Saturday

Fares from €179 one-way

Fort Lauderdale/Miami Start date - 4 August

Weekly - Thursday

Fares from €199 one-way

(For full timetables, please see annex).

Norwegian already operates short-haul flights from Paris Orly Airport to European destinations: Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Helsinki.

Norwegian will thus offer over 212,000 long-haul seats in its first full year of operations at Charles-de-Gaulle. The flights will be served by Norwegian’s brand new, start-of-the art fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with a capacity of 291 seats —32 seats in Premium class and 259 in Economy class.

With an average fleet age of just 3.6 years, Norwegian has one of the youngest and greenest fleets in the world. The Dreamliner produces 20 per cent fewer emissions than comparable aircraft and in 2015, Norwegian was named the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

Norwegian currently operates a fleet of eight Dreamliners, which will grow to 38 by the year 2020.

Speaking today, Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian’s founder and CEO said:

“In less than three years since the launch of our long-haul operations, Norwegian has built a network of 38 nonstop routes between Europe and the U.S. — more than any other European airline. We already provide nonstop services from London, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. The choice of Paris as our fifth European long-haul capital clearly underlines our commitment to France. Paris is one of Europe’s main gateways, and we see great potential to expand at Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in the future, adding more long-haul routes as well as more frequencies.”

Franck Goldnadel, Executive Director, Chief Airport Operations Officer, Managing Director of Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport states:

“Aéroports de Paris welcomes the fact that Norwegian has chosen Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to launch its first long-haul direct flight from France. As a result of this choice, we are able to diversify our long-haul offering from Terminal 1.”

Norwegian in France: 31 routes to twelve airports

With the addition of Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, Norwegian will operate 31 routes from 12 airports in France: Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly, Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Marseille-Provence, Montpellier, and Nice, as well as Guadeloupe and La Martinique in the French Antilles.

In 2015, Norwegian carried 967,000 passengers in France (+4.4% on a year earlier), with 385,000 passengers who flew in and out of Paris Orly Airport (+8.8%).

About Norwegian

With 25.75m passengers carried in 2015, Norwegian is the third-largest low-cost airline in Europe and the seven-largest in the world. Founded in 1993, the Nordic carrier operates 439 routes to 133 destinations to Europe, the United States, the North of Africa, Middle East and South-East Asia. In France it is present in twelve airports (Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly, Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Marseille-Provence, Montpellier, Nice, Guadeloupe and Martinique) from where it is possible to fly to 31 destinations.

Norwegian is the ideal choice for both leisure and business travellers: it offers flights at affordable fares, ensuring a pleasant and comfortable travel experience thanks to its free on board Wi-Fi and greater seat pitch compared to competitors. The low-cost carrier boasts the youngest fleet in Europe (with an average age of aircraft of under four years) made up of 104 aircraft, including 96 Boeing 737 and eight Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Over the next few years, Norwegian will take delivery of more than 250 new aircraft, which constitutes the largest order in the history of European aviation.

This is a growth path endorsed by numerous awards: in 2015, Norwegian was acknowledged World's Best Low-Cost, Long Haul Airline and Europe's Best Low-Cost Airline (for the third year in a row) by Skytrax World Airline Awards, Europe's Best Low-Cost Airline by AirlineRatings.com, and Best in Region: Europe by the Passenger Choice Awards.

Annex: schedules

All times local

New York JFK – Paris CDG 23.59 – 13.25

Paris CDG – New York JFK 20.15 – 22.30

Starting 29 July, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, from €179 one-way

Los Angeles – Paris CDG 20.15 – 15.55

Paris CDG – Los Angeles 15.30 – 18.15

Starting 30 July, every Tuesday and Saturday, from €199 one-way

Miami/Fort Lauderdale – Paris CDG 23.00 – 13.40

Paris CDG – Miami/Fort Lauderdale 17.15 – 21.00

Starting 4 August, every Thursday, from €199 one-way

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian”, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the world's seventh largest low-cost airline. The company reported its highest ever passenger figures in a single year with almost 24 million passengers in 2014. Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the US and Southeast Asia. The company has over 400 routes to more than 130 destinations and employs approximately 5,500 people. The company has several hundred undelivered aircraft on firm order. Norwegian was founded in 1993 and its headquarter is in Fornebu, Norway. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi on short haul, a fleet of around 100 aircraft with an average age of only four years; one of the youngest fleets in the world. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. Norwegian was also the first airline to be awarded the World's best low-cost long-haul airline in 2015 by SkyTrax. In 2014, Norwegian also won three prizes at the prestigious Passenger Choice Awards for Best Airline in Europe, Best Inflight Connectivity & Communications and Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience for its moving map on the 787 Dreamliners. In addition, Norwegian was awarded Europe's best low-cost airline by AirlineRatings.com for the second year running.