Norwegian Air is a low-cost carrier that is expanding rapidly. It is the sixth largest low-cost airline in the world. They serve about 500 routes in over 150 destinations all around the world. In July 2017, the carrier announced that it is launching new U.S routes starting from March 2018. Chicago and Austin are the new additions to the fold. Starting March 25, the airline will fly four times weekly from London Gatwick and Chicago O’Hare. Weekly, there will be three flights between Gatwick and Austin starting March 27, 2018. It is worth noting that this low-cost airline will be the lone carrier in both routes.
Norwegian will start utilizing the Boeing 737 MAX for the transatlantic flights. This narrow-body plane costs less to operate compared to the current 787 Dreamliners. With the new route additions, the carrier will serve 17 airports in the U.S and its territories. Starting May 2, 2018, the carrier will fly Boston to Paris up to four times a week. Other routes are Paris-Oakland which will begin April 10, 2018. For those who are looking to fly these routes, the planes are divided into economy and premium economy cabins.
Norwegian will be facing stiff competition from United, Delta and American airlines. The carrier is however happy to note that it retains monopoly in the Oakland-Paris route. There is no other airline that is currently flying the route. Norwegian has been focusing on the West Coast cities in its ambitious route expansion. In the near future, the airline is seeking to launch flights between London and Singapore. This will go a long way in allowing travelers to connect to London through Asia.
The Chicago to London route fares start at $174 for one-way in the economy cabin. One-way economy fares from Austin to London will set you back $249. From Boston to Paris, the fares start at $149 for the one-way economy class. Newark to Paris flights will begin in February 28, 2018. With up to 6 flights per week, the new route will blend with the already existing Paris to New York route. Although Norwegian has stood out as an ultra-low-cost airline, the experience is pretty solid; and many travelers are mostly pleased with the services provided. The airline prides itself in having the youngest and greenest fleets in the world; with an average of 3 and 6 years. It will be interesting to watch where the carrier moves to next in its quest to open up new routes in the U.S and beyond.