New transatlantic long-haul carrier Norse Atlantic Airways has moved closer to starting operations after receiving flight approval from the US Department of Transportation.
The airline plans to start operating services from the Norwegian capital Oslo to US cities, followed by transatlantic routes from other European cities such as London and Paris. The airline has already secured slots at Stansted Airport in the UK.
The Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority issued an air operator certificate to Norse Atlantic in December 2021, while the carrier also received its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner last month.
CEO and Founder of Norse Atlantic, Bjorn Tore Larsen, said, “This milestone brings Norse closer to launching an affordable and more environmentally friendly service for customers traveling between Europe and the United States.
“Our employees will be our competitive advantage. We build a culture of high performance and create an environment where we value diversity, ensuring that all colleagues feel a sense of belonging. We can’t wait to start recruiting our new colleagues in the United States.
Norse will operate a fleet of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners between Europe and North America. The airline is expected to take over transatlantic routes previously operated by Norwegian Air, which exited that long-haul market.
“We believe transatlantic travel will resume in full force once the pandemic is behind us,” Larsen added. “People will want to explore new destinations, visit friends and family, and travel for business.”