Norwegian Air Shuttle CEO Bjørn Kjos announced (08-Nov-2012) the airline’s initial long-haul routes for summer 2013 to Thailand and the US. Mr Kjos said he believed more people should be able to afford to fly long haul and said the airline will offer low fares which exclude checked baggage and food on board. Passengers will be able to purchase these options if they wish. The airline will base a number of crew in Bangkok. Norwegian Air Shuttle will launch the following routes in summer 2013, as per an 08-Nov-2012 GDS timetable display - see Route Changes Table for more information:
- Oslo-New York JFK: Twice weekly service from 30-May-2013 using Boeing 787-8 equipment, frequency increasing to three times weekly from 25-Jun-2013;
- Stockholm Arlanda-New York JFK: Twice weekly service from 31-May-2013 using 787-8 equipment, frequency increasing to three times weekly from 25-Jun-2013;
- Oslo-Bangkok Suvarnabhumi: Three times weekly service from 01-Jun-2013 using 787-8 equipment;
- Stockholm Arlanda-Bangkok Suvarnabhumi: Three times weekly service from 20-Jun-2013 using 787-8 equipment.
Mr Kjos noted the airline expects to carry almost 1.4 million passengers on its long-haul network by 2015 which will be operated with eight 787 aircraft. The airline expects to take delivery of its first 787 in Apr-2013 while it expects its second aircraft to be delivered in Jun-2013 and third aircraft in Nov-2013. [more - original PR] [more - original PR Norwegian]