Norwegian ups its European and transatlantic presence

Norwegian Chicago O'Hare

Norwegian commenced operations to Chicago O’Hare from London Gatwick on 25 March, with the inaugural flight being greeted with a traditional water arch salute as it taxied onto the gate. The LCC will offer a daily service on the 6,375-kilometre sector using its fleet of 787-9s. This is O’Hare’s first low-cost long-haul operation.

  • Norwegian introduced four new routes to its network during the first week of the S18 season, with this also bringing a new airport to its route map – Chicago O’Hare (ORD). The carrier will operate a daily service to the US city from London Gatwick (LGW), with the 6,375-kilometre sector scheduled to be operated on the carrier’s fleet of 787-9s. Along with its latest transatlantic service, the LCC also launched three intra-European routes, linking Bergen (BGO) to Madrid (MAD), Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF), plus Helsinki (HEL) to Krakow (KRK). The trio of European services will operate twice-weekly on the airline’s 737-800s, with the latter two services being the only routes launched by Norwegian this week seeing direct competition.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
25-Mar Bergen (BGO) Madrid (MAD) B738 (2)  
London Gatwick (LGW) Chicago O’Hare (ORD) B789 (7)  
26-Mar Helsinki (HEL) Krakow (KRK) B738 (2) Finnair (5)
Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) Reykjavik/Keflavik (KEF) Icelandair (8), WOW air (4)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 27 March. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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