Norwegian to open more bases in 2017

RIX, EDI to get bases, Irish company to operate Nordic flights
Following Norwegian’s success at the US Department of Transportation, its chief executive has revealed plans to open four more bases for pilots and crew next year – two in Europe, two in the United States.
“In October this year, Norwegian announced it would open its first US pilot base at Fort Lauderdale International,” Bjørn Kjos tells Routes Online.
“Now that we finally have our DOT approval for NAI – Norwegian Air International, I’m pleased to announce that we will also be opening a second and third pilot base in the US, and Norwegian will create at least another 150 new American pilot and cabin crew jobs in 2017.”
The low-cost carrier already has a cabin-crew base at New York JFK. It will likely base at least four planes in the Greater New York City area and Greater Boston next year, while Newburgh and Providence are contenders. Operations from Portsmouth and Hartford Bradley are also being considered.
In Europe, Norwegian will base B737 MAXs and possibly B787s out of Edinburgh, while Riga in Latvia will be home to a B737-800 operation. Both are likely to open by the third quarter of 2017.
Meanwhile, Norwegian says all of its flights out of its Copenhagen will be operated by its Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International Limited (NAI), with Stockholm following later.
Routes Online / ch-aviation


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