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.
|London Gatwick (LGW)
||Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
|Stockholm Arlanda (ARN)
||Icelandair (8), WOW air (4)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 27 March. WF = Weekly frequencies.