Norwegian expands in Germany with new low-cost routes from Düsseldorf and Hannover

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Norwegian, the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline, continues to expand its route network – this time with full force in Germany with five new route launches from Düsseldorf Airport and three new route launches from Hannover Airport.

Today, award-winning low-cost airline Norwegian announces the launch of eight new routes in Germany. Nearly 170 000 seats are available for the summer season to and from Düsseldorf Airport and over 50 000 seats available for the summer season to and from Hannover Airport – all of them to popular Spanish destinations.
Norwegian already operates routes in Germany from Hamburg, Munich, Berlin and Cologne.

“We’re happy to announce that Norwegian is launching new routes in Germany to several popular destinations in Spain. We hope and believe that even more Germans will enjoy flying in our brand new and more environmentally friendly fleet of Boeing 737-800 aircraft with free WiFi on board,” said Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl of Norwegian.

Thomas Schnalke, CEO of Düsseldorf Airport said: “Norwegian’s decision for Düsseldorf is an indicator of the significance and strength of our Rhine-Ruhr Region. The addition of another strong European carrier means that our network of airline partners is growing and becoming even stronger. This expands our route portfolio with great perspective, as the engagement of Norwegian in Düsseldorf is meant to be the beginning of a close partnership. We are already talking about adding more routes and the stationing of airplanes in Düsseldorf.”

Dr. Raoul Hille, Managing Director of Hannover Airport said: “We are pleased to extend out low-cost segment at Hannover airport with our new airline partner, Norwegian. Norwegian is a very successful brand that will give us the potential for further growth and the new routes will make our summer schedule even more attractive.”

Norwegian’s new route launches in Germany are as follows:

Düsseldorf – Malaga
Norwegian will offer four weekly departures on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Start date: May 1, 2017

Düsseldorf – Alicante
Norwegian will offer three weekly departures on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Start date: June 4, 2017

Düsseldorf – Barcelona
Norwegian will offer three weekly departures on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Start date: March 27, 2017

Düsseldorf – Palma de Mallorca
Norwegian will offer six weekly departures on all days except Saturdays. Start date: June 8, 2017

Düsseldorf – Tenerife
Norwegian will offer two weekly departures on Mondays and Fridays. Start date: May 1, 2017

Hannover – Alicante
Norwegian will offer two weekly departures on Wednesdays and Sundays. Start date: June 4, 2017

Hannover – Malaga
Norwegian will offer two weekly departures on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Start date: April 29, 2017

Hannover – Palma de Mallorca
Norwegian will offer two weekly departures on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Start date: June 10, 2017

Seats are available to book now at www.norwegian.de

  • Norwegian is the sixth largest low-cost carrier in the world offering nearly 450 routes to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, the Caribbean and the US
  • Norwegian has around 120 aircraft in its fleet and more than 260 aircraft on order, meaning many more new and exciting routes in the near future.
  • Norwegian has one of the youngest and greenest fleets in the world with an average age of just 3,6 years
  • Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for four consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2016, along with being awarded the ‘World’s best low-cost long-haul airline’ in both 2015 and 2016

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Norwegian launches new low-cost flights from London Gatwick to Iceland

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Low-cost airline Norwegian is continuing its UK expansion with the launch of its newest route from London Gatwick to the Icelandic city of Reykjavik next week, with fares from just £34.90 one way.

From 01 November, Norwegian’s brand new route to Iceland will take off, offering three weekly flights departing on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday – perfect for a long weekend break. The new route will be operated by Norwegian’s brand new 186 seat aircraft that will keep passengers connected in the skies with free inflight Wi-Fi.

Iceland is known for its stunning landscape of volcanoes, hot springs and lava fields and there is an abundance of natural beauty to explore. From Iceland’s thermal pools at the Blue Lagoon, black beaches in South Iceland and whales watching just off the coast, as well as the chance to experience the Northern Lights, it is the perfect place to enjoy a winter escape.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said; “Our growth in the UK continues and we are excited to offer a new direct service from London Gatwick to Iceland. A firm favourite with Brits due to its nature landscape and outdoor activities makes it a fantastic choice for a winter break. We are the only airline offering passenger’s high quality at a low cost with free Wi-Fi, brand new aircraft and a growing route network to the most sought after destinations.”

Margrét Helga Jóhannsdóttir, Airline Relations at Promote Iceland comments; “We are delighted that Norwegian has launched a new route to our beautiful country. We are excited to be able to showcase the buzzing city of Reykjavik and the easily accessible Icelandic regions to its customers, from the dramatic fjords of the Westfjords to the moon like landscapes of the north. We look forward to an ongoing and fruitful partnership with Norwegian over the coming months.”

Norwegian’s new service to Iceland will be the airlines fourth new European route to launch in the UK this winter. Two new routes take off from Manchester to Gran Canaria on the 30th October and to Tenerife on the 1st November, as well as a new direct link to Finnish Lapland from Gatwick to Rovaniemi commencing on the 2nd December, just in time for Christmas.

Flight schedule: London Gatwick – Reykjavik

Departs Tuesday and Thursday: 06:15 / Arrives: 09:15

Departs Saturday: 15:50 / Arrives: 18:50

Flight schedule: London Gatwick – Reykjavik

Departs Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 / Arrives:13:00

Departs Saturday: 19:45 / Arrives:22:45

Award winning airline Norwegian now serves over 40 business and leisure winter destinations from London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham, with more than 969 000 seats available to book from the UK throughout winter.

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Norwegian makes it even easier for Brits to experience the Northern Lights

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Courtesy: David Peacock / Norwegian.

Additional flights to Tromso and new direct routes to Iceland and Lapland mean Norwegian now offers 12 weekly flights to Northern Lights hotspots

Low-cost airline Norwegian is now making it even easier for Brits to experience Aurora Borealis with additional direct flights to Tromso in northern Norway and new direct routes to Iceland and Lapland. The increased flights and new routes will start just in time for travellers to book a break to experience the Northern Lights from November to March – the best time to experience the natural phenomena.

Norwegian is the only airline in the UK to offer direct flights to Tromso in northern Norway with fares starting from £61.90 one way. An extra weekly flight direct from London Gatwick to Tromso has now been added meaning that from the 31st October, Norwegian will be offering passengers the choice and flexibility of three direct weekly flights departing on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Norwegian have recently announced a new direct route from London Gatwick to Reykjavik, Iceland. From 1st November, Norwegian will add its first UK service to the Icelandic capital, with three weekly flights operating direct to Keflavik airport throughout winter on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Brits can easily book a bargain break to catch the Northern Lights, with fares on the new direct route starting from just £29.90 one-way.

For travellers looking to experience the Northern Lights from Finland, Norwegian is the only UK airline to offer a direct flight to Lapland’s capital Rovaniemi. Starting on the 19th December, Norwegian are flying a twice-weekly service, operating on a Monday and Friday – perfect for a quick trip to take in the Northern Lights, with fares starting from £49.90 one-way.

Norwegian also offers four weekly flights to Trondheim in northern Norway – another fantastic location to experience the Northern Lights. Flights to Trondheim from Gatwick start from just £29 one-way.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer for Norwegian, said: “With increased services to Tromso and new routes to Iceland and Lapland, we are offering UK passengers more choice and lower fares than ever before to see the Northern Lights. Norwegian now has 12 low-cost flights per week to some of the best places in the world to experience the Aurora Borealis so even more Brits can see the lights at an affordable price.”

Award winning airline Norwegian now serves over 50 business and leisure winter destinations from London Gatwick, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham. More than 969 000 seats are now available to book from the UK throughout winter, all aboard brand new Boeing 737 aircraft with free Wi-Fi included.

Editor’s Note:

Fares are per person, per one-way flight and include all mandatory taxes and charges.

Source: Norwegian.

Norwegian selects 30 A321LR for first transatlantic routes

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Norwegian, one of the largest low cost carriers in Europe, has placed an order for 30 A321LRs with Airbus. This follows a commitment signed in June 2012 for 100 A320neo aircraft. The switch from 30 A320neo aircraft to 30 A321LRs will support the carrier’s growth and modernization strategy and allows it to become the first low-cost carrier to operate the A321LR.

Norwegian (the brand name of Norwegian Air Shuttle AS) operates a network across Europe, North America and Asia, and is rapidly expanding its low cost operations. The new aircraft will feature a single class cabin layout, seating approximately 220 passengers.

“I am very excited about this new order of the Airbus A321LR,” says CEO of Norwegian, Bjorn Kjos. “The new ‘short long-haul’ aircraft available from 2019 fits really well with our global expansion plans and future long-haul network, both in terms of size, range and fuel efficiency. The Airbus A321LR is the newest narrow body long-haul aircraft on the market and with this order we will have a significant cost advantage and increased competitiveness, which means that we can offer our customers low prices on board brand new aircraft to a wide range of new destinations,ʺ said Kjos.

“We are very happy that Norwegian has selected the A321LR, the longest range of any single aisle airliner in the world. We are pleased that Norwegian will be the first low-cost transatlantic operator with the A321LR,” said John Leahy, COO Customers. “The A321LR sets new industry standards for eco-efficiency in terms of fuel saving and passenger appeal.”

The A321LR, the latest member of the market leading A320neo Family, will be able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm. The A321LR will provide additional flexibility as it will have the longest range of any single aisle airliner, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and enable airlines to tap into new long haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single aisle aircraft. First deliveries will start in 2019.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with almost 12,600 orders since launch and more than 7,100 aircraft delivered to more than 320 operators worldwide. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard.

With one aircraft in four sizes, the A320 Family, seating from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covers the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

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Norwegian signs first ever charter agreements in the U.S.

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Norwegian signs charter contracts with Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations to operate routes from the United States to the Caribbean and Mexico.

Norwegian has signed charter agreements with Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations for the winter season 2017. Norwegian will station three Boeing 737-800 aircraft in Milwaukee and Chicago and operate routes to Mexico and the Caribbean from December 2016 to April 2017.

The total value of the two contracts is approximately 120 MNOK (£10million), and include more than 600 flights. For Norwegian, it is a milestone entering the US market for charter tours and utilising capacity in the European low season.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said: “We are very excited to expand our charter operations to the United States and partner with Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations. We look forward to having more Americans enjoy the Norwegian experience on their way to what will hopefully be a fantastic holiday.”

Norwegian has since December 2015 offered its own flights from several U.S. East Coast cities to the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. The seasonal winter service will resume this autumn.

Source: Norwegian.

 

Norwegian named “World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline” and “Best Low Cost Airline in Europe”

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Courtesy: Norwegian.

Norwegian was today named the “World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline” for the second consecutive year and “Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe” for the fourth year in a row at the renowned Skytrax World Airline Awards.

Skytrax is the leading international airline rating system as voted on by the travelling public, who evaluated more than 280 airlines worldwide.

Norwegian flies to more than 100 European destinations and also began operating low-cost long-haul routes between Europe and the US in 2013, with more than 30 transatlantic routes now on offer. Passengers have voted Norwegian the ‘Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe’ since 2013 at the Skytrax awards, and have also selected Norwegian as the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline’ twice in a row since the award was first introduced in 2015.

Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos and crew members from the airline’s London Gatwick base accepted the Skytrax awards earlier today at the Farnborough Air Show.

Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos said: “I am honoured to accept these awards but this recognition belongs most of all to Norwegian’s hard-working staff and our loyal passengers.

“We believe that not only should air travel be affordable to all, but also that low-cost can still mean high-quality. It is truly rewarding to see that our brand new planes, expansive route network, low fares and the great service offered by our crew have been appreciated by passengers.

“These awards give us huge momentum as we continue our ambitious expansion plans in Europe, the US and beyond.”

Commenting on the Awards, Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax said: “Norwegian’s growth within Europe and on its long haul network continues to win new admirers and this is reflected in the airlines success here at the World Airline Awards. Europe remains the most competitive region for low cost airlines and to secure this award as the Best Low Cost Airline in Europe on a fourth occasion is a truly remarkable achievement.”

Source: Norwegian.

 

Norwegian celebrates 2nd anniversary of low-cost long-haul flights to U.S.

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Courtesy: Norwegian.

Norwegian is this week celebrating the 2nd anniversary of its unique low-cost long-haul flights from the UK to the U.S.

Norwegian first launched transatlantic flights from Gatwick Airport to three U.S destinations in July 2014, with the aviation industry divided on whether the ‘low-cost long-haul’ venture would succeed.

Two years later, and Norwegian’s long-haul operation is already profitable and now plays a key role in the airline’s continued passenger growth. Norwegian is still the only airline offering UK passengers direct low-cost transatlantic travel – the airline’s long-haul network from the UK has now grown to 8 US destinations with over 650,000 UK passengers and more than 800,000 flights on sale this year.

Along with low-cost long-haul flights to the U.S, Norwegian has also now obtained a UK Operating License, allowing the airline to access to key bilateral traffic rights to other markets. With the UK licence, Norwegian has the long-term ambition of establishing a seamless global operation, using the same aircraft on both U.S. and other long-haul routes to destinations such as Asia, South Africa and South America.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: “After 2 years of new routes, full planes and extra flights, UK passengers have shown the huge demand for affordable long-haul travel.Our low-cost long-haul flights are now the driving force behind Norwegian’s growth but this is only the beginning. We will continue to offer passengers affordable transatlantic flights, with new routes and increased flights from the UK, but in the future we also have ambitious plans to spread our long-haul wings into other global destinations.”

Gatwick Airport CEO Stewart Wingate said: “Norwegian’s low cost long haul success story just goes from strength to strength. In just two years Norwegian has almost trebled the US destinations it serves from Gatwick, with well over half a million passengers benefiting from the affordable prices on offer. We welcome Norwegian’s ambitious plans to base 50 new long haul aircraft at an expanded Gatwick, which would revolutionise the market yet again. Passengers would be able to choose from a huge range of new destinations around the globe at prices never seen before in the UK.”

Norwegian’s low-cost long-haul in numbers:

  • 1 airline – Norwegian is the only airline offering UK passengers direct low-cost flights to the US
  • 650,000 passengers – over 650,000 UK passengers have flown on Norwegian’s low-cost flights to the US since they began in 2014
  • 8 US destinations – Norwegian now offers direct flights from the UK to 8 US cities (New York, Boston, Orlando, Fort Lauderdale, Oakland-San Francisco, LA, Las Vegas and Puerto Rico)
  • 42 Dreamliners – with existing airline orders Norwegian will have 42 Dreamliners by 2020, more than quadrupling its long-haul fleet in the next 4 years
  • 90%+ load factor – Norwegian has achieved an average load factor over 90% on its low-cost long-haul routes from the UK
  • £135 fares – Norwegian’s economy fares to the U.S start from just £135 one way
  • £399 Premium fares – Norwegian now offers UK passengers the most affordable ever Premium travel with flights to the U.S. in the Premium cabin from just £399 one way
  • 800,000 summer and winter seats – between April 2016 and March 2017 Norwegian have a record 807,000 seats on sale for its direct low-cost flights between the UK and U.S.

Norwegian is today celebrating the 2nd anniversary of its low-cost transatlantic flights with a range of passenger activity at Gatwick Airport. Performers representing some of Norwegian’s US destinations will be entertaining passengers at the airport including a Statue of Liberty performer (to represent the airline’s New York route), a Marilyn Monroe lookalike (to represent LA) and an Elvis-impersonator (to represent the airline’s newest route to Las Vegas).

Source: Norwegian.