Norwegian launches long-haul flights to JFK and Bangkok
Norwegian’s Oslo to New York JFK
- Last week finally saw the launch of Norwegian's much anticipated long-haul flights from Oslo (OSL) and Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to New York JFK (JFK), and from Oslo to Bangkok (BKK). Originally planned to operate with brand new Boeing 787s, the airline will be using an A340-300 from European leasing company HiFly until the 787s are ready, which is now expected to be in late August based on available schedule data. The first 787 is due for delivery later this month, with two more coming in 2013, four in 2014, and one in 2015. CEO Bjørn Kjos speaking at the launch said, "We are very happy for the great reception of our long-haul routes and that we finally - after years of planning - are able to welcome our first New York passengers on board. The market for intercontinental flights has long been characterized by artificially high fares and limited flexibility. The reception of our new long-haul routes shows that many want to fly inexpensively and comfortably to New York, Bangkok and Fort Lauderdale." Overshadowed somewhat by the launch of long-haul flights, was the start of a new twice-weekly service from Oslo (OSL) to Lisbon (LIS) on Monday 3 June, which competes with TAP Portugal's daily flights. This is now the airline's second service to the Portuguese capital, having started flights from Copenhagen back in April.