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Norwegian’s low-cost service to the U.S. takes off from London Gatwick

07/04/2014 | By Norwegian

Norwegian’s low-cost service to the U.S. takes off from London Gatwick
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This week Norwegian celebrates its first ever flights between London Gatwick and the U.S. On Wednesday afternoon, the first flight between London Gatwick and Los Angeles took off, while Norwegian’s first flight between London and New York took off this evening. Friday afternoon, the airline celebrates its inaugural flight to Fort Lauderdale. All the flights are almost full.

Following its long-haul success with non-stop service between Scandinavia and the U.S and Scandinavia and Asia, Norwegian’s long-haul adventure is now taking off in the UK.

The new routes have been very well received both by Brits and Americans; almost all of the 291 seats on Norwegian’s 787 Dreamliner have been booked on all the inaugural flights between London Gatwick and the three U.S. cities Los Angeles, New York and Fort Lauderdale.

”We are very happy to celebrate the first ever flights between the UK and the US. The travelling public deserves affordable fares and flexible tickets across the Atlantic. The transatlantic market has for too long been dominated by a few large airlines offering unreasonably high fares and restricted ticket flexibility,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.

“We are very happy with the response to our service in the UK market with several fully booked flights in the coming months. We believe this proves that an airline offering quality flights at a low fare has been long awaited,” he added.

Stewart Wingate, CEO of London Gatwick, said:

“Norwegian’s decision to establish links to key cities in North America including New York and Los Angeles offers passengers real choice and affordable travel. The launch also demonstrates the game-changing nature of the Dreamliner aircraft, which has less seats than older generation aircraft and therefore less reliance on transfer passengers. A two-runway Gatwick will best meet the needs of our rapidly changing aviation market, which looks very different today than it did even ten years ago. All of the signs point to Gatwick being the obvious choice for expansion.”

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