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Norwegian Air Celebrates Inaugural Flight between New York and Bergen, Norway

Press release   •   May 03, 2014 11:49 EDT

Norwegian’s first ever flight from New York’s JFK airport to Bergen, Norway took off this evening. Bergen is known as «The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway» and has proved to be a popular destination for Americans.

“I am excited to finally welcome Americans on board this long-awaited route. For the first time in decades, the U.S. and Bergen has its first direct connection. Norwegian’s routes between New York and Bergen have been very well received,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos.

The route is operated by Norwegian’s brand new 787 Dreamliners, which offer passengers an unprecedented in-flight experience with better, more comfortable air cabin, larger windows and pleasant lighting, which reduces traditional jet lag symptoms.

The Gateway to the Fjords of Norway
Bergen, Norway’s second biggest city, is surrounded by one of the world's most spectacular tourist attractions - The Norwegian Fjords, which have now been included on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The fjords in Norway have been voted the world's most unspoiled tourist destination by National Geographic and Bergen is a great starting point if you wish to explore the fjords. Bergen is an international city packed with history and tradition, a big city with small-town charm and atmosphere. Read more about Bergen at

Bergen – New York once a week
Norwegian operates one weekly flight between New York (JFK) and Bergen (BGO). Departure from JKF is Fridays at 9.30 p.m. local time, arriving BGO at 10.35 a.m. the following day.  

The route will be in service until September 27. The launch fare is $178 one way.

Norwegian’s presence in the U.S.
In 2013, Norwegian commenced its long-haul operation by being the only low-cost carrier to offer flights between the U.S. and Europe. Norwegian will have a fleet of 14 Dreamliners, whereof four are currently in service and three will be delivered in 2014. The company is planning to expand its long-haul fleet with even more 787 Dreamliners.

Creating jobs in the U.S.

Norwegian Air continues to expand internationally and is currently recruiting pilots for its crew base at New York’s JFK airport. The company is recruiting captains and first officers to operate the state-of-the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Last year, Norwegian began recruiting U.S. cabin crew and so far the response has been outstanding. The airline has received more than 5,500 applications for a total of 300 positions to be filled in 2014.

Norwegian's other long-haul destination from the U.S. in 2014:
From New York: Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and London
From Fort Lauderdale: Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and London
From Los Angeles: Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and London
From Orlando: Oslo

Media Contact:
Communications Manager Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen, tlf. + 47 454 56 012

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian”, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the second largest airline in Scandinavia and third largest low cost carrier in Europe. More than 20 million passengers fly on its network per year. 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 a total of 416 routes to 126 destinations and employs approximately 3,500 people in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, UK, Spain and Thailand. The company has 258 undelivered aircraft on firm order. Norwegian was founded in 1993 and its headquarter is in Fornebu, Norway. In 2013, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi, world-class punctuality and a fleet of 93 aircraft with an average age of only 4.8 years.