Norway’s low-fare carrier Norwegian Air claimed that it hit a new “milestone” in its global expansion this week, with the acquisition of a new long-distance aircraft. The acquisition, which will enable non-stop flights from Norway to places like Hawaii and Bali, came just as Norwegian also entered into a new European airline alliance.
The aircraft is a Boeing 787-9, which landed at Oslo’s main airport at Gardermoen this week with Norwegian Air founder and CEO Bjørn Kjos on board. The aircraft came directly from Boeing’s operational headquarters in Seattle and is viewed as Norwegian’s new weapon in the tough international business that the Oslo-based airline has entered.
Norwegian Air also confirmed this week that it has become a member of a new alliance called “Airlines for Europe,” which includes both national carriers such as Air France-KLM and Lufthansa and cut-rate carriers like EasyJet and Ryanair. The goal is to present a united front on major aviation issues, through fellow representation of European airlines’ interests.