Norwegian enters US-Caribbean market

Cutting the cake in Boston is the inaugural crew of Norwegian’s first flight from the US airport to Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The European LCC will also serve Fort de France from the Massachusetts hub with both routes being flown by the airline’s 737-800 fleet. Norwegian will launch long-haul flights from Boston during S16 with the carrier launching services from Oslo Gardermoen, London Gatwick and Copenhagen. The LCC is also planning on launching services to Cork as well from the US city.

Cutting the cake in Boston is the inaugural crew of Norwegian’s first flight from the US airport to Pointe-a-Pitre in Guadeloupe. The European LCC will also serve Fort de France from the Massachusetts hub with both routes being flown by the airline’s 737-800 fleet. Norwegian will launch long-haul flights from Boston during S16 with the carrier launching services from Oslo Gardermoen, London Gatwick and Copenhagen. The LCC is also planning on launching services to Cork as well from the US city.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of Norwegian’s flights to Fort de France from Baltimore/Washington on 4 December was the carrier’s CEO, Bjørn Kjos. Also in attendance at the inaugural ceremony were: Pete Rahn, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation; Muriel Wiltord, Americas Director, Martinique Promotions Bureau; Frantz Thodiard, Chairman, Supervisory Board SAMAC, Martinique Airport; and Ricky Smith, CEO, Baltimore/Washington Airport. The LCC will operate twice-weekly flights to both Fort de France and Pointe-a-Pitre from Baltimore/Washington using its 737-800s.

  • Norwegian on 3 December became the latest entrant into the US-Caribbean market when it launched flights between Boston (BOS) and Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP). The 3,037-kilometre route, which will be served twice-weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, was then followed by a further five routes connecting the Massachusetts hub, along with Baltimore/Washington (BWI) and New York JFK (JFK) to Pointe-a-Pitre and Fort de France (FDF). The six sectors that Norwegian has introduced to the US-Caribbean market will operate either twice- or thrice-weekly utilising the carrier’s 737-800 fleet. What is surprising is that none of the routes introduced by Europe’s third largest LCC into the market will face any incumbent carriers. The introduction of these routes at Boston and Baltimore/Washington in the US, and Pointe-a-Pitre and Fort de France in Caribbean are the first operations for the carrier at all four airports. From next summer, the LCC will introduce services from Boston to Oslo Gardermoen, Copenhagen and London Gatwick. The airline has also publicly announced its intentions to launch services to the US airport from Cork from May 2016. See how Baltimore/Washington Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
3 December Boston (BOS) Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) B738 (2)
New York JFK (JFK) Fort de France (FDF) B738 (3)
4 December Baltimore/Washington (BWI) B738 (2)
New York JFK (JFK) Pointe-a-Pitre (PTP) B738 (3)
5 December Baltimore/Washington (BWI) B738 (2)
6 December Boston (BOS) Fort de France (FDF)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 8 December 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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Comments

  1. Chris says:

    Boston is a perfect gateway in the U.S. for the 737-800, which probably cannot go any further given its fuel capacity & range. The strategy to use aircraft that otherwise would sit idle means that the routes simply need to cover costs, which I hope they do. Eagerly awaited are three other 787 routes into Boston by Norwegian, originally slated to start in May but pushed forward into March.

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