Norwegian Air Shuttle, a low-cost carrier from Norway, has announced plans for massive growth throughout 2018. The airline plans to grow its long-haul network, introduce an enhanced premium cabin, and adding in-flight Wi-Fi to long-haul planes.
“This year will see us fly to new heights as the UK will continue to be center stage for our international growth. We want to fly people further for the best possible value which is why we’re investing for the future in low-cost long-haul travel,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian. “We’re upgrading the long-haul passenger experience by introducing a bigger Premium cabin, in-flight Wi-Fi, and more brand-new aircraft to service our expanding network. It has never been a better time to fly Norwegian and we’re excited to launch affordable flights from London to Argentina where we have active plans to take-off this year.”
In a press release on its website, Norwegian announced five goals it hopes to reach in 2018.
First, Norwegian announced that it will begin flights to South America. At the end of last year, the airline was granted authorization to open up to 152 new routes between Europe and South America. Guillermo Dietrich, Argentina’s Ministry of Transportation, granted Norwegian a 15-year authorization to operate both domestic and international flights in and from Argentina.
The carrier has announced that, on February 14, it will launch its first service to Argentina when it flies between London Gatwick and Buenos Aires. One-way fares will cost £299, and four flights will be operated per week on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Second, Norwegian will introduce a new premium cabin on its 787s. The cabin will feature 56 seats that give passengers a meter of legroom, which is equivalent to ~39.4 inches. The cabin will also include 11-inch Panasonic monitors, which are loaded with complimentary in-flight entertainment. The new premium cabin will be fitted on Norwegian’s final 20 787 Dreamliner orders set for delivery from February onwards.
Third, Norwegian will begin service to additional US destinations such as Chicago and Austin from London Gatwick. One-way tickets to Chicago, Illinois cost £149.90, and the route’s daily service starts on March 25. On March 27, Norwegian will start a thrice-weekly service to Austin, Texas. One-way fares will cost £164.90.
Fourth, new in-flight Wi-Fi will be added to Norwegian’s long-haul fleet.
Fifth, services to Boston, Oakland, and Los Angeles will see increased frequencies. Flights from Boston will increase to daily flights from five weekly; fares will cost £134.90 one-way. Oakland will also see an increase to daily service, and Los Angeles may even see twice-daily departures for select days of the week.
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