Norwegian Air’s first ever flight between Orlando and Oslo, Norway, took off Thursday evening. The first flight was almost fully booked. Norwegian is the only carrier that offers non-stop flights between Orlando and Scandinavia.
”We are very happy that our new route between Orlando and Oslo has commenced. The traveling public in the greater Orlando area deserves inexpensive fares and flexible tickets to Europe. The transatlantic market has for too long been dominated by a few large airlines offering unreasonably high fares and restricted ticket flexibility,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.
The response to Norwegian’s Orlando-Oslo route has been very well received by the travelling public and the first flight to Oslo was almost fully booked.
"Expanding our international travel and business opportunities is crucial and the arrival of Norwegian Air at Orlando International Airport grants our passengers access to new and exciting Scandinavian markets and multiple connections throughout Europe," said Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Norwegian will operate two weekly flights between Oslo (OSL) and Orlando (MCO) – on Thursdays and Saturdays. The introductory fare is $236 one way. This is also Orlando´s first scheduled 787 Dreamliner service.
Norwegian’s presence in the U.S.
In 2013, Norwegian commenced its long-haul operation by becoming the only low-cost carrier to offer flights between the U.S. and Europe. Norwegian will have a fleet of 14 Dreamliners, whereof six are currently in service one more 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 for its crew bases in New York and Fort Lauderdale, and the response was outstanding. The airline received more than 6,000 applications for a total of 300 positions to be filled in 2014.
Norwegian's other destinations from the U.S.:
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 San Francisco/Oakland: Oslo and Stockholm
Media Contact: Norwegian’s Press Office: +47 815 11 816
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 4,500 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 94 aircraft with an average age of only 4.8 years.