NEW YORK, Dec. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Norwegian, the airline awarded the World's Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Airline of the Year 2017 distinctions, today announced it will launch four new routes from the United States to Europe: New York City/JFK and Los Angeles to Madrid, Spain; New York City/JFK to Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Los Angeles to Milan, Italy. Norwegian will be the only airline operating year-round nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Madrid and Milan.
Norwegian now offers 61 nonstop transatlantic routes to 16 European destinations. The airline now offers nonstop year-round routes to more European destinations from both the greater New York City area and Los Angeles, respectively.
To support the continuous growth at Los Angeles International Airport, Norwegian will open its fourth American crew base with 150 cabin crewmembers during the first quarter of 2018. The airline already has four crew bases for cabin crew and pilots in the U.S. With more U.S.-based cabin crew than any other airline, Norwegian is also the only foreign airline recruiting American pilots to be based in the U.S.
"2017 has been a year of exponential growth for Norwegian in the United States. Next year, we will continue our vigorous expansion and we plan to make three of Europe's most exciting cities so much more affordable and easier to reach for American travelers. We are not slowing down our quest to provide Americans with low fares and a high-quality onboard experience. Americans have enjoyed our service so much that Norwegian was one of the world's most awarded airlines in 2017," said Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian's Chief Executive Officer.
Norwegian also announced it has acquired an additional 28 weekly slots at London Gatwick Airport from summer 2018. The take-off and landing slots, purchased from Small Planet Airlines, will allow Norwegian to plan for continued growth at Gatwick, including to the U.S. Planning work is now underway to allocate the new acquired slots, and will be announced at a later stage.
The world's fastest-growing airline launched 25 new routes from the U.S. in 2017, and has announced 11 new transatlantic routes for 2018 for a total of 67 routes – 61 of which are transatlantic. Norwegian operates one of the world's youngest fleets, and these four new routes will be operated by brand-new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Service from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport will launch on July 18, 2018, and operate three times per week. Service to Amsterdam's Schipol Airport will launch on May 7, 2018, and will operate four times per week.
Service from Los Angeles International Airport to Madrid will launch on July 16, 2018, and will operate four times per week. Service to Milan-Malpensa Airport will launch on June 18, 2018, and will also operate four times per week.
Economy launch fares to Amsterdam and Madrid from New York City start as low as $199 and $229 one-way, respectively, including taxes; fares from Los Angeles to both Madrid and Milan start from $229 one-way, including taxes. The lowest fares in Norwegian's Premium Cabin to Amsterdam and Madrid from New York City start at $619 and $649, respectively, one-way including taxes; Premium fares from Los Angeles to Madrid and Milan start at $729 and $739, respectively, one-way including taxes. Premium service includes a dedicated check-in counter, additional luggage allowance, fast track security, lounge access, priority boarding, sleeper seats, all meals and drinks.
All fares are now available for sale on Norwegian's website. Additionally, the website's low fare calendar displays the lowest available fares to all of Norwegian's destinations. Passengers on all of Norwegian's routes are eligible to join Norwegian Reward, the airline's loyalty program and can earn CashPoints every time they fly, stay at a hotel or rent a car.
Overall, Norwegian now offers 61 transatlantic flights from 13 U.S. airports to Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, as well six routes to the French Caribbean, totaling 67 routes out of the United States. Upcoming launches from the U.S. include: Oakland/San Francisco to Rome (February 6, 2018); New York/Newark to Paris (February 28); Chicago to London (March 25); Austin to London (March 27); Denver to Paris (April 9); Oakland/San Francisco to Paris (April 10), Boston to Paris (May 2); New York/JFK to Amsterdam (May 7); Los Angeles to Milan (June 18); Los Angeles to Madrid (July 16); and New York/JFK to Madrid (July 18).
Norwegian is the world's sixth largest low-cost airline and carried 30 million passengers in 2016. The airline operates more than 500 routes to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean and the U.S. Norwegian has a fleet of 145 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world's youngest fleets. Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Norwegian was named the World's Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and for the fifth consecutive year, named Europe's Best Low-Cost Airline. Norwegian employs 7,000 people. The airline offers 74 nonstop routes from the U.S. to Europe and the French Caribbean. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit norwegian.com.