FORT LAUDERDALE (AUGUST 23, 2017)– Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline for the third consecutive year and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year, last night launched its first flight from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to Barcelona-El Prat Airport. Flights will operate twice weekly on Tuesdays and Sundays, with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Later this month, Norwegian will open its first Boeing 787 pilot base in the United States in Fort Lauderdale, with an initial 36 American pilots joining the airline’s U.S.-based crew. Norwegian’s workforce in the United States now includes three pilot bases and four cabin crew bases, totaling more than 600 U.S.-based employees.
“We are excited to this month not only open another route to/from Fort Lauderdale, but also open our very first U.S. Dreamliner pilot base at the airport. Norwegian is creating more American jobs than any other foreign airline. In addition to welcoming more employees, we continue to bring in thousands of more tourists to South Florida, stimulating the local economy,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian’s Chief Commercial Officer.
Norwegian now operates seven routes out of Fort Lauderdale to Europe (Barcelona, Copenhagen, Guadeloupe, London, Oslo, Paris and Stockholm), with its eighth, to Martinique in the French Caribbean launching on October 30. With six nonstop routes to Europe, Norwegian now offers more European routes out of South Florida than any other airline.
“We commend Norwegian for their vision and continued growth at Fort Lauderdale,” said Mark Gale, CEO/Director of Aviation, Broward County Aviation Department. “This first-ever service from Broward County to Barcelona will offer a new and exciting destination for our community, as well as for travelers to experience all that Broward County and South Florida has to offer.”
Norwegian now offers 58 transatlantic routes from 15 U.S. airports to Denmark, France, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well six routes to the French Caribbean, totaling 64 routes out of the United States. Upcoming launches from the U.S. include: Denver to London (September 16, 2017); Seattle to London (September 17); Providence to Guadeloupe (October 29); Providence to Martinique (October 30); Fort Lauderdale to Martinique (October 30); New York/Newark to Rome (November 9); Los Angeles to Rome (November 11); Oakland/San Francisco to Rome (February 6, 2018); New York/Newark to Paris (February 28); Chicago to London (March 25); Austin to London (Mach 27); Denver to Paris (April 9); Oakland/San Francisco to Paris (April 10), and Boston to Paris (May 2).
Passengers on all of Norwegian’s routes are eligible to join Norwegian Reward, the airline’s frequent flyer program and can earn CashPoints every time they fly, stay at a hotel or drive a rental car.
Norwegian is the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline and carried 30 million passengers in 2016. The airline operates 450 routes to 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean and the U.S. Norwegian has a fleet of 120 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world’s youngest fleets. Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Norwegian was named the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards in 2015 and 2016, and for the fourth consecutive year, named Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline. Norwegian employs 6,000 people. The airline offers 40 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris, Scandinavia and the Caribbean. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit norwegian.com.