Norwegian is to co-operate with Virgin Atlantic over Boeing 787 operations, with the UK carrier's instructors receiving pilot training on the Scandinavian budget airline's new long-haul fleet.
The two operators have sealed a memorandum of understanding covering the plan.
Norwegian, which has only previously operated short-haul types, says it wants to "tap into" Virgin Atlantic's long-haul experience.
Virgin will make all its training material available to Norwegian, which will take delivery of its first 787 at the end of June.
In return Virgin instructors will receive 787 training on board the Norwegian fleet. Virgin Atlantic receives its first 787 in September 2014.
"Introducing a new aircraft type to an airline is an extensive affair," says Norwegian long-haul flight operations director Torstein Hoas. "It is therefore important that we learn from each other."
Virgin Atlantic also intends to provide training to Norwegian pilots on board its future 787 fleet, which will include the 787-9.
"We have much in common with Norwegian, having similar high quality training requirements, which has allowed our partnership to take shape," says Virgin general manager for flight operations Dave Kistruck.