Norwegian’s time has finally come: its dreams of narrowbody, transatlantic flights have started with its first flight from New York’s Stewart International Airport to Edinburgh Airport in Scotland. By year’s end, Norwegian will have three US bases for its narrowbody, transatlantic operations; besides Stewart International Airport, they will be T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, Rhode Island, and Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut. From here, Norwegian’s flights will travel to the Caribbean, England, Ireland, Norway and Scotland.

As a result of 737MAX delivery delays, Norwegian will use the Boeing 737-800 for its flights across the Atlantic, of which it has 112 of currently in its mainline fleet. Norwegian’s Boeing 737 fleet is in an all-economy configuration; its Boeing 737-800 aircraft carry between 186 and 189 passengers, while its Boeing 737MAX8 aircraft will carry 189 passengers.

Norwegian executives and crew celebrating the inaugural flights between Edinburgh and the United States. Photo Credits: Norwegian

Flights began last week, between the three American locations and Edinburgh, Scotland. The next big expansion will occur on July 1st, when Norwegian simultaneously inaugurates service on five different routes. A chart of Norwegian’s soon-to-be introduced operations and dates is below:

North American Destination European Destination Flight Start Date
Newburgh — Stewart Int’l Edinburgh, Scotland June 15th, 2017
Providence — T.F. Green Edinburgh, Scotland June 16th, 2017
Hartford — Bradley Int’l Edinburgh, Scotland June 17th, 2017
Newburgh — Stewart Int’l Dublin, Ireland July 1st, 2017
Newburgh — Stewart Int’l Belfast, Northern Ireland July 1st, 2017
Newburgh — Stewart Int’l Shannon, Ireland July 1st, 2017
Providence — T.F. Green Cork, Ireland July 1st, 2017
Providence — T.F. Green Belfast, Northern Ireland July 1st, 2017
Providence — T.F. Green Dublin, Ireland July 2nd, 2017
Providence — T.F. Green Bergen, Norway July 2nd, 2017
Newburgh — Stewart Int’l Bergen, Norway July 3rd, 2017
Providence — T.F. Green Shannon, Ireland July 3rd, 2017
Providence — T.F. Green Guadeloupe (PTP) October 29th, 2017
Providence — T.F. Green Martinique (FDF) October 30th, 2017

With the start of flights and Norwegian expanding into the United States, airports are beginning to expand to accomadate new operations and the possibilites for growth The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey plans to give Stewart Airport $20 million for new Customs and Border Protection facilities; Bradley and Providence already have one. Norwegian’s current operations into Stewart use a makeshift faciility with movable walls, which will be in use until the permanent facility comes begins operation.

Norwegian executives and flight crew posing at Stewart International Airport, before the return flight to Edinburgh. Photo Credits: Sergey Tenewitz and Luca Zocche

Layoverhub was present at Norwegian’s inaugural 737 flight to the United States, at Stewart International Airport. We spoke with Ed Harrison, the Manager of Stewart International Airport. Among other questions and announcements, Harrison answered a question from Layoverhub writers that Stewart is working on a self-connecting service between flights at the facility, which will hopefully increase the attractiveness of added service to Stewart.

Thanks to Norwegian and Stewart International Airport for making this article possible.

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