Start-up carrier Norse Atlantic Airways has celebrated the first flight from Oslo to New York JFK.

Flight NO 01 departed at 1950 on June 14, landing at 2200 local time in New York JFK. Flights will ramp up to daily from July 4, with one-way fares starting from NOK 995 (£83).

The airline offers a two-class economy and premium layout on its B787 Dreamliner aircraft, the latter of which features a 43-inch seat pitch and 12-inch recline.

There are three fare options – Light, Classic and Plus – the last of which includes “the maximum baggage allowance, two meal services, an enhanced airport and onboard experience and increased ticket flexibility”.

This route will be followed by flights from Oslo to Fort Lauderdale on June 18, operating three-times-weekly.

Three-times-weekly flights between Oslo and Orlando will then commence on July 5, followed by the same frequency on Oslo-Los Angeles from August 9.

June 14 also marked the formal opening of the new non-Schengen terminal at Oslo airport.

Bjorn Tore Larsen, CEO of Norse Atlantic Airways, commented on the launch:

“Norse Atlantic Airways has now entered a new chapter, we are delivering on our promise to offer affordable value and a quality travelling 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.”

Norse plans to eventually operate a fleet of 15 B787 aircraft previously flown by Norwegian, but recently announced plans to sublease four of its Dreamliners to Air Europa, stating that they are now “aircraft that we were not planning to fully utilize in our start-up phase”.