The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority has issued an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to start-up carrier Norse Atlantic Airways, ahead of the airline’s planned launch next year.

Norse Atlantic unveiled its livery in August, alongside plans to operate a fleet of 15 B787 aircraft previously flown by Norwegian.

The airline says that it is on track to launch transatlantic services in spring 2022, with the first flights departing Oslo for “selected cities in the US”.

Further ahead Norse’s website says that it plans to operate flights out of London and Paris to destinations including New York, Florida and Los Angeles.

Commenting on the news CEO and founder Bjorn Tore Larsen, said:

“We would like to thank Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority for a constructive and professional process. We are now one important step closer to launching our attractive and affordable flights between Europe and the US in spring next year.

“I would also like to commend my colleagues at Norse for their outstanding efforts getting the important AOC in place.”

The granting of the carrier’s AOC comes less than year after Norwegian officially abandoned its long-haul network, in favour of a short-haul network focusing on core Nordic markets.

Norwegian to focus on core Nordic markets