Business travel

Low-cost carrier Norse nears take-off

Start-up airline Norse Atlantic Airways has obtained an Air Operator Certificate from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority, paving the way for the launch of transatlantic flights this spring.

The airline plans to operate routes between Oslo, London and Paris to New York, Los Angeles and Florida, and received its first aircraft, a B787-9 Dreamliner, at the end of December. In total, its fleet will number 15 B787s.

The company was founded in March last year by CEO and main shareholder Bjørn Tore Larsen shortly after Norwegian Air Shuttle ceased long-haul operations. Bjørn Kjos, founder and former CEO of Norwegian, owns a minority stake in Norse.

“We would like to thank the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority for a constructive and professional process. We are now at an important stage in launching our attractive and affordable flights between Europe and the United States, ”said Larsen.

“We believe transatlantic travel will fully recover once the pandemic is behind us. People will want to explore new destinations, visit friends and family, and travel for business. Norse will be there to provide attractive and affordable flights on our more eco-friendly Dreamliners to cost-conscious business and business travelers, ”added Larsen.

“We have had a good and constructive dialogue with Norse throughout the process of issuing a Norwegian AOC. We wish them good luck and look forward to a continued fruitful relationship in the future, ”added Director General of the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority Lars E. de Lange Kobberstad.