On 3 May, Bergen Airport celebrated with a special event the arrival of Norwegian's weekly services from New York JFK, a route that was launched the previous day from the US gateway. Following a ribbon cutting ceremony, passengers on the inaugural flight were served with cake and delighted with "New York, New York", a song released by Frank Sinatra in 1980.
- Norwegian expanded its presence in the US with two new routes launched during the course of last week, all of which are operated utilising its 291-seat 787-8s. On 2 May, the carrier inaugurated the 5,618-kilometre sector from New York JFK, NY (JFK) to Bergen (BGO) that will be served weekly (Fridays). One day later, on 3 May, Norwegian launched twice-weekly flights (Tuesdays and Saturdays) on the 8,608-kilometre route from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Oakland, CA (OAK). No other carrier serves these two airport pairs. Commenting on the route launch to Oakland, Deborah Ale Flint, Director of Aviation, Port of Oakland, said: "We’re excited and prepared to offer an excellent airport experience matching Norwegian’s award winning onboard service. Oakland International Airport is committed to being the airport of choice for Scandinavian visitors to the Bay Area as well as local residents departing for Europe likely for the first time from Oakland." See how Bergen Airport’s welcoming FTWA compares to the other airports in this week’s Arch of Triumph competition.