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Norwegian Plans More Flights from London to Latin America and Asia

Norwegian Plans More Flights from London to Latin America and Asia

Traditional players could also face competition from Norwegian on routes from London to Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing, if the carrier is given rights to fly across the Siberian corridor in Russian Federation, the shortest route to Asia, Kjos said.

"I am delighted to bring our high quality long-haul flights to another continent as we launch the only direct flight from London Gatwick to Buenos Aires, giving leisure and business passengers affordable access to South America".

"The airline is exploring potential new routes to more South American countries due to strong ticket sales on the Buenos Aires route".

"In fact, two new Norwegian routes to Austin and Chicago will follow the Buenos Aires service into Gatwick's schedules next month alone".

"We are launching long-haul routes exclusively from London Gatwick Airport, introducing our newest Dreamliners to Gatwick and increasing frequency on popular routes which reflects the growing importance of the United Kingdom to the future of our business".

With plans to rollout inflight Wi-Fi on our long-haul flights, Norwegian will be in a better position to increasingly target business passengers as we also have plans for more exciting routes and flights to the USA, South America and Asia.

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Bjorn Kjos, Chief Executive Officer at Norwegian said: "The UK will be at the heart of our continued global expansion and we remain fully committed to the market". It has ambitions for a thrice daily service to NY.

Norwegian adds that 10 new 787s joining its fleet this year will replaced its current Gatwick-based Dreamliner fleet. Long-haul Wi-Fi is expected across the newest members of its fleet by the end of the year.

The airline adds that it has "long-term ambitions to secure slots for a triple-daily Gatwick-New York service".

Norwegian also announced that from 2020 it would use eight new single-aisle Airbus (AIR.PA) A321neoLRs, now undergoing test flights including across the Atlantic, to fly from Britain to cities on the U.S east coast and in the mid-west, keeping up the pressure on established airlines.

Norwegian, Europe's third-largest budget airline after Ryanair (RYA.I) and easyJet (EZJ.L), needs permission under a deal with Russian Federation before it can access this route.

"As our first South American route takes off, it is also a first step towards ambitious plans for global and domestic growth in Argentina, ahead of flights to Chicago and Austin from London Gatwick next month".


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