In an application filed with the US Department of Transportation (DoT) last week, the airline’s legal counsel applied for rights to operate between Norway and intermediary points in Europe to the US. The carrier asked for expedited processing of its application in order to launch the new service “as soon as possible”.
The low-cost carrier is to receive two B787s this year under a 12-year lease agreement with the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and has orders for a further six aircraft from Boeing which are expected to come into service in 2013. It has made no secret of its intention to begin New York–Oslo–Bangkok services once the new aircraft are available.A spokesperson for Norwegian said: “It is correct that we have applied for operating rights to begin direct services between Oslo/Norway and Stockholm/Sweden to New York with planned launch in 2013. Norwegian will operate the long haul operation with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.” The airline was not able to confirm which New York airport it would launch services to. Based in Oslo, the low-cost carrier is the second largest airline in Scandinavia and has a route system that stretches from Europe and into North Africa and the Middle East and is one of the fastest growing airlines on the continent.Source: RoutesNews
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