LONDON – Norse Atlantic Airways officially inaugurated commercial operations yesterday with the first flight between Oslo and New York’s JFK.
Under the callsign of N01, the flight departed at 2143 local time, before arriving at JFK at 2252 local time.
LN-FNB was the aircraft in question that operated the first flight.
At the time of writing, the return flight, N02, is due to arrive back in Oslo at 1439 local time, which is later today.
Larsen: A New Chapter for Norse…
Commenting on the launch was Bjorn Tore Larsen, the CEO of Norse Atlantic Airways who expressed this is a new chapter for the airline:
“Norse Atlantic Airways has now entered a new chapter, we are delivering on our promise to offer affordable value and a quality traveling experience to all.”
“Our first Norse Atlantic Airways flight to New York from Oslo is the culmination of months of preparation and hard work by dedicated colleagues across all departments.”
“This marks a proud moment for us all at Norse as we now look ahead to ramping up our network for the benefit of customers, businesses, and local economies”.
“The combination of affordable transatlantic flights offered by Norse Atlantic Airways and the new non-Schengen terminal at Oslo airport means that passengers now have the choice of an efficient, quick, and modern link between Norway and the United States,”
Photos from Oslo…
Below, you can see photos that Norse released at the inauguration event at Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport:
Next Steps For Flights…
The airline will launch its next service to Fort Lauderdale in three days’ time, operating on a thrice-weekly basis.
Services to JFK, which were inaugurated yesterday will ramp up to daily flights on July 4.
On July 5, the airline will begin services to Orlando on a three times per week basis and by August 9, services to Los Angeles will begin as well, also on a three times per week basis.
Norse is starting out with a fleet of nine Dreamliners on the Norwegian register, with one under a UK registration as well, according to Planespotters.net.
It’s Boeing 787-8s will sit 32 in Premium Economy followed by 259 in Economy, with its -9s offering 56 in Premium Economy and 282 in Economy.
However, LN-LNO & LN-LNR will sit 35 in Premium Economy and 309 in Economy respectively.
The vast majority of aircraft are in storage, but will no doubt come alive over the coming weeks as the airline ramps up operations and introduces new routes.
It remains clear that this is a new chapter in low-cost, long-haul, with Norse aiming to replace the space that Norwegian offered in this particular market.
Looking ahead, it is vital that the airline takes things at a steady rate, and does not expand too fast in order to prevent making the same mistakes that Norwegian did.
Even so, the airline is having a good start, and as we continue into the Summer 2022 season, they have started at a good period and will no doubt have some success this year.