Norwegian formally seeks rights to US destinations

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Budget carrier Norwegian is formally seeking rights to access US destinations, as the airline prepares to broaden its operation to long-haul services.

Norwegian has built its business on Boeing 737 flights primarily in Europe but also operates to points in the Middle East and northern Africa.

It has submitted a filing to the US Department of Transportation applying to operate scheduled and charter flights to the USA.

"Norwegian requests expedited processing of this application to allow it to begin the proposed services as soon as possible," it adds.

It has not specifically indicated an aircraft type for the planned flights but Norwegian is in the process of acquiring a fleet of Boeing 787s as part of its long-haul strategy.