Cutting the ribbon, along with the crew, at the launch of Norwegian’s first long-haul service from Amsterdam to New York JFK were: Marcel Lekkerkerk, Director Route & Business Development, Amsterdam Airport; and Koen Slembrouck, Head Of Ground Operations, Norwegian. The LCC will serve the route four times weekly.
- Norwegian commenced its first long-haul route from Amsterdam (AMS) on 7 May, starting a four times weekly service to New York JFK (JFK). The airline will utilise its 787-9 fleet on the 5,844-kilometre route, with direct competition being provided by KLM (20 times weekly) and Delta Air Lines (twice-daily). Five days before the Amsterdam inaugural, the airline added its latest US route from Paris CDG (CDG). The carrier now links the French capital to Boston (BOS) three times weekly, with it, like the new Amsterdam service, using its 787-9s on the 5,531-kilometre transatlantic crossing to the North American city. Competition on the France-US route comes from Air France and Delta, with both SkyTeam members serving the route daily this summer. Finally, and also on 2 May, Norwegian launched its latest intra-European connection, a 2,298-kilometre sector from Stockholm Arlanda (ARN) to Bilbao (BIO). This service will be flown twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Saturdays) using its 737-800s, with no direct competition being provided. See how the FTWA’s from Amsterdam and Blbao compare to others from around the world.