It was thought that Norwegian’s first ever long-haul services would operate from Oslo to New York JFK and Bangkok. But in the event the budget carrier has announced it will also serve both destinations from Stockholm.
Norwegian is acquiring a fleet of 10 B787 Dreamliners (see online news November 2), and assuming there are no delivery delays from Boeing, the first flights will get under way at the end of May.
Oslo to New York is set to launch on May 30 with Stockholm-New York following on May 31. Oslo to Bangkok starts on June 1 with Stockholm-Bangkok set to launch on June 20.
Initial frequency will be just two flights a week, increasing to three a week during the summer peak.
All flights operate to conventional timings except for the service between Bangkok, Oslo and Stockholm which operates during daylight hours.
In order to turn around the aircraft quickly following an arrival at 0600 into Bangkok (from Oslo/Stockholm), the return service departs the Thai capital at 0730, which will mean a very early start for those passengers staying in the city centre or coming from further afield.
Norwegian will launch the routes with introductory offers. But prices will increase once the services become established.
In June, for example, return fares start at £400 to £450 for Oslo-New York and that is before adding on the cost of checked baggage, meals and so on.
It is also worth mentioning that for executive travellers and well-heeled leisure passengers Norwegian will be offering a premium seat product akin to a budget version of business class.
There is much excitement amongst Scandinavians today because, until now, they have had such a limited choice of direct long-haul services from Oslo and Stockholm.
For more information visit norwegian.no.
Report by Alex McWhirter