Norwegian Air International

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Norwegian Air International
Norwegian Logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
D8 IBK NORTRANS
Founded2014
Operating bases
Frequent-flyer programNorwegian Reward
Fleet size42
Destinationssame as Norwegian Air Shuttle
Parent companyNorwegian Air Shuttle
HeadquartersImbus House,
Dublin Airport, Ireland
Key peopleBjørn Kjos
Websitenorwegian.com

Norwegian Air International is an Irish low-cost airline and a fully integrated subsidiary of Norwegian Air Shuttle, using its corporate identity. It operates flights to destinations in Europe and the Middle East from several bases in Denmark, Finland, Spain, and the United Kingdom, and is headquartered at Dublin Airport.[1] Between 2017 and 2019, it also offered services from Europe to the United States and Canada.

History[edit]

In February 2014, Norwegian Air International received its operating licence and air operator's certificate issued by Ireland.[2] All of its flights are operated under its own IATA and ICAO airline codes, using its own fleet registered to the airline.[3][4] The airline shares the same branding with its parent Norwegian Air Shuttle and integrated subsidiaries as Norwegian Group airlines. Its registration within Ireland and outside Norway allows the company to take advantage of European Union airline freedoms and agreements.[5]

In February 2017, Norwegian Air International announced it would start transatlantic flights to the United States from the United Kingdom and Ireland in summer 2017 on behalf of its parent company, using the parent's new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft expected to be delivered from May 2017.[6][7]

Norwegian Air International performed its first transatlantic flight with a Boeing 737-800 on 16 June 2017 between Edinburgh Airport and Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York.[8] The first transatlantic flight with a 737 MAX was performed on 15 July 2017, with a MAX 8 featuring Sir Freddie Laker on its tailfin, between Edinburgh Airport in Scotland and Bradley International Airport serving Hartford, Connecticut, followed by a second daily rotation from Edinburgh to Stewart International Airport.[9] Additional transatlantic flights using Boeing 737 aircraft were launched between destinations including Belfast, Bergen, Cork, Dublin, and Shannon in Europe to Hamilton, Hartford, Newburgh, and Providence in North America, however all transatlantic flights using the Boeing 737 were subsequently discontinued by 15 September 2019.[10]

On 11 May 2018, its US Department of Transportation approval was maintained by a judicial panel after being challenged by four unions representing 135,000 airline workers.[11]

Destinations[edit]

Norwegian Air International operates in conjunction with the other Norwegian Group airlines, which include parent company Norwegian Air Shuttle and its integrated subsidiaries.

Fleet[edit]

As of January 2020, the Norwegian Air International fleet consists of the following aircraft:[12][13]

Norwegian Air International Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 33 186
Boeing 737 MAX 8 9 189
Total 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AIR OPERATOR CERTIFICATE HOLDERS". Archived from the original on 2016-11-08. Retrieved 2016-11-07.
  2. ^ "Norwegian Long Haul". Air-Britain News. Air-Britain: 1607. September 2013. ISSN 0950-7442.
  3. ^ Rogers, Valerie (3 December 2016). "Norwegian Flights Win U.S. Government Approval Despite Opposition". Norcal News.
  4. ^ Jansen, Bart (2 December 2016). "DOT Approves Contested Norwegian Air Flights". USA Today.
  5. ^ "Norwegian gains Irish AOC". Flightglobal.com.
  6. ^ "Norwegian unveils £69 flights to the USA from 5 UK and Irish cities" (Press release). Norwegian Air. 23 February 2017.
  7. ^ Ostrower, Jon (26 January 2017). "Norwegian leapfrogs Southwest as first 737 Max operator". CNN. Retrieved 29 March 2017.
  8. ^ "New era budget travel Norwegian begins Boeing 737 flights Europe". usatoday.com. 16 June 2017.
  9. ^ Moores, Victoria (18 July 2017). "Norwegian performs first transatlantic 737 MAX flight". Aviation Week Network.
  10. ^ Martyn, Petula (13 August 2019). "Norwegian Air to discontinue transatlantic routes from Ireland". RTE.ie. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  11. ^ Field, James (13 May 2018). "Norwegian Air Operations Upheld by US Federal Courts". Airways International.
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World. October 2019: 17.
  13. ^ "Latest Register and Monthly Changes". Irish Aviation Authority. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 4 October 2017.

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