29 JUNE 2015


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Article from BTNews 29 JUNE 2015

Bjørn in New York coupe

You have to give airline Chief Executive Bjørn Kjos full marks for initiative but it looks like Norwegian Air may have pulled off another coupe.   The non-EU based carrier, benefiting from Oslo-Brussels bilateral, plans to offer flights from New York and Boston to the French Caribbean islands starting in December.  He says that he is a European airline establishing Irish operations in Dublin, allegedly an office staffed by three, and likewise in the UK too.

The airline is able to operate these routes as Guadeloupe and Martinique are both overseas departments of France to which the US-EU-Iceland-Norway Air Transport Agreement applies.  The agreement authorises unlimited frequencies between any point or points in the EU and any point or points in US territory for any and all US, EU, Icelandic and Norwegian airlines.

Norwegian will order at least 17 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to double its long haul fleet as soon as US regulators approve flights on its Irish subsidiary, Bjørn Kjos said.

His policy is the complete opposite of Temel Kotil of Turkish Airlines (See in this issue).  Norwegian likes to just get its name into an airport, with even just weekly flights, whilst Mr Kotil says that frequency is the way to profitability.  www.norwegian.com

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Sheila Randall, USA

I would love Norwegian to fly into Atlanta!