Norwegian celebrates five years of long-haul at Gatwick

Norwegian celebrates five years of long-haul at Gatwick

Low-cost airline Norwegian is celebrating its fifth anniversary of long-haul operations from London Gatwick to the United States. Since launching its transatlantic services in 2014, Norwegian has carried almost 5 million passengers on 8,500 flights between Gatwick and the US. The airline’s first route was to Los Angeles on 2 July 2014, quickly followed by routes to New York JFK and Fort Lauderdale the same week. Norwegian, which was voted Skytrax Best Low-Cost Long-Haul airline…

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Norwegian announces free WiFi on long haul flights

Norwegian announces free WiFi on long haul flights

Norwegian has announced the rollout of Wi-Fi connectivity on its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and 737 MAX aircraft, with free Wi-Fi to be offered for the full duration of long haul flights. The move will see the airline become the first low-cost carrier to introduce free wireless internet on intercontinental flights, and will be completed on more than 50 per cent of the Dreamliner fleet by 2020. Rollout of Wi-Fi on the airline’s 737 MAX aircraft…

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Norwegian to charter Hi Fly’s A380 on London – New York route

Norwegian to charter Hi Fly’s A380 on London – New York route

Norwegian has confirmed that it will be chartering Hi Fly’s Airbus A380 aircraft to operate on one of its daily flights from London Gatwick to New York JFK during August, in an effort to help with capacity issues caused by ongoing problems with 787 Dreamliner engines. In a statement Norwegian said, “We have hired a Hi-Fly A380 to operate our evening London-New York service for several weeks in August as continued issues with a specific…

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Norwegian Air Shuttle exceeds projected growth in May

Norwegian Air Shuttle exceeds projected growth in May

Norwegian Air Shuttle has reported higher-than-expected growth in capacity and passenger traffic in May. The Oslo-based airline, which is rapidly expanding its long-haul business across the Atlantic, also said its income per customer was in line with forecasts despite falling year-on-year. The airline saw its revenue-generating passenger kilometres (RPK) grow by 51 per cent year-on-year in May, three per cent more than the predicted 48.8 per cent, according to Reuters. In a statement, Norwegian Air’s…

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Norwegian rejects IAG takeover bid

Norwegian rejects IAG takeover bid

Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle confirmed Friday it has turned down two separate takeover bids by British Airways owner International Airlines Group (IAG). The announcement follows IAG taking a 4.6 per cent stake in the Scandinavian carrier in April. “The board of Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) confirms that it has received two separate conditional proposals from IAG Group in relation to an acquisition of 100 percent of the share capital of NAS,” the airline said in…

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British Airways drops Gatwick-Oakland route for winter

British Airways drops Gatwick-Oakland route for winter

British Airways has announced plans to drop its flights between Gatwick and Oakland International Airport for the winter timetable 2018/19. The carrier first launched flights to the San Fransisco Bay area airport in March 2017, shadowing the movements of rival Norwegian. The last service for the summer season will be on 20 October, and despite reports of low passenger loads, BA says it will resume the route in March 2019. To fill the gap left…

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EasyJet to offer long-haul flights

EasyJet to offer long-haul flights

Low-cost airline easyJet has announced the launch of its new long-haul partnership service, ‘Worldwide by easyJet.’ Passengers can now fly to a range of long-haul destinations via Gatwick Airport, connecting with one of easyJet’s partnership airlines for a smooth transition on a single-booked ticket. The airline has formed a partnership with Norwegian and Canadian carrier WestJet, offering flights to North and South America and the far east. The scheme will also allow passengers to book other…

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British Airways to launch Gatwick flights to Toronto and Las Vegas

British Airways to launch Gatwick flights to Toronto and Las Vegas

British Airways has announced it will be adding two new transatlantic flights to its summer 2018 schedule from London Gatwick to Toronto and Las Vegas. Flights to Las Vegas will be taking to the skies from 27 March and Toronto from 1 May. Both services are seasonal and will operate three times per week. British Airways already operates flights to both Las Vegas and Toronto from its main hub, Heathrow, but the move to now launch…

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