Norwegian identifies new US destinations

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Scandinavian budget carrier Norwegian is extending its new long-haul operation to additional US cities including San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Norwegian will also be operating to Orlando, in Florida, and all three destinations will be served by Boeing 787s.

It already carries out flights to New York but will start flying to the US gateway from Copenhagen when the route expansion is implemented in spring next year.

Norwegian will operate twice-weekly on the Copenhagen-Los Angeles route from 1 March 2014, and begin Stockholm-Los Angeles the next day.

Both links will increase to thrice-weekly about two months later. An Oslo-Los Angeles service, operating weekly, will start on 1 June.

Norwegian will serve San Francisco through Oakland airport rather than the main San Francisco hub.

It will operate Stockholm-Oakland twice-weekly from 3 May and Oslo-Oakland thrice-weekly from 28 May.

Norwegian will serve Oslo-Orlando twice-weekly from 29 May. Its twice-weekly Copenhagen-New York flights will be introduced on 28 February, rising to four-times weekly from 30 April.

“The major traffic streams currently go between the USA and Europe and there’s great demand for high quality flights at a low fare between the two continents,” says Norwegian chief Bjørn Kjos.

Norwegian operates to New York and Bangkok and is planning to open a link to Fort Lauderdale, in Florida, later this year. Kjos claims the airline has had a "tremendous" response to these initial long-haul connections.