Norwegian starts transatlantic 737 operations

Norwegian’s Edinburgh to Hartford, Providence and Stewart

Norwegian’s Edinburgh passengers were treated to a US-themed gate area with a specially designed cake, New York style bagels and American style snacks and refreshments before boarding the aircraft to Stewart. Europe’s third largest LCC first began operations at Edinburgh in 2009 and has since flown more than 1.3 million passengers to Scandinavia and Europe. The new Edinburgh base joins London Gatwick to become Norwegian’s second UK base. Doing the first flight honours were: Edinburgh Airport Chairman Sir John Elvidge; Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos; and Minister for International Development, Dr Alasdair Allan.

On 15 June, Norwegian commenced the first of three new transatlantic 737-operated routes from Edinburgh – namely daily flights to Stewart in New York State. There we two big cakes as well as a load of cup cakes for the inaugural flight’s passengers, crew and VIPs to enjoy.

The following day the LCC began four times weekly services from the Scottish capital city to Providence, Rhode Island, the airline’s first route to the US airport. Operations from Belfast International, Bergen, Cork, Dublin and Shannon will begin later in the summer.

The UK’s only direct service to Hartford, Connecticut, in the heart of New England, was launched by Norwegian on 17 June. The 5,057-kilometre sector from Edinburgh will be flown three times weekly.

Back on the airline’s main stomping ground, the intra-European market, it also started two further sectors this week, with celebrations, including this towering cake, being held in Montpellier for the start of the LCC’s new service from Stockholm Arlanda.

  • Norwegian commenced the first of three new transatlantic routes from Edinburgh (EDI) on 15 June – namely to Stewart (SWF) on 15 June, Providence (PVD) on 16 June, and Hartford (BDL) on 17 June. All of these routes were meant to be the first to be operated by the airline’s still-to-arrive 737 MAX 8s, instead the airline used its more regular 737-800s (namely EI-FJS and FJT, according to FR24.com) instead. Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: “I’m very pleased to mark this major milestone which gives passengers in Edinburgh and Scotland the opportunity to travel to the US at truly affordable fares. Consumers have responded positively to our affordable fares on both sides of the Atlantic which is stimulating increased tourism and business travel to and from Scotland. Not only is Norwegian transforming transatlantic travel by connecting smaller cities in huge catchment areas, but we’re also unlocking affordable direct high quality travel to a new market of travellers. As such, Edinburgh is important to our future UK growth and it will allow us to create more Scottish jobs at Norwegian which in turn benefits the workforce of Scotland’s tourism industry. Chairman, Edinburgh Airport, Sir John Elvidge said: “We are delighted to welcome the launch of these pioneering services by Norwegian to North America. Like Norwegian, we are committed to providing our passengers with choice and the partnership is delivering just these. The new routes give Scots far more options when wanting to travel to the US. Equally, we’re looking forward to welcoming the great many American tourists who will use these routes to visit Scotland.” It was business as usual elsewhere in Europe for the LCC, as it linked Northern and Southern Europe with two more new routes this week. See how Stewart and Hartford airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
15-Jun Edinburgh (EDI) Stewart (SWF) B73S (7)  
16-Jun Providence (PVD) B73S (4)  
17-Jun Hartford (BDL) B73S (3)  
London Gatwick (LGW) Rhodes (RHO) B738 (1) easyJet (6), Thomson Airways (5), Thomas Cook Airlines (3), British Airways (2), Monarch Airlines (1)
19-Jun Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) Montpellier (MPL) B738 (2)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 20 June. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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