Norwegian Air is quickly making a name for itself by taking on the major carriers worldwide. The Norway-based low-cost airline recently announced plans to start offering flights to New York's Newburgh Airport (SWF). The airline also revealed plans to offer domestic flights in Argentina, starting in late 2017. That is just the beginning, and Norwegian Air has a lot more big ideas for the future.
For starters, Norwegian Air is looking to offer flights between Seattle and London, as well as other West Coast destinations in the future, pending approval from the U.S. Department of Transport. For the Seattle-London route, the carrier plans to use the comfortable Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which offers a range of over 9,000 miles.
The carrier also hopes to start offering rock-bottom prices from U.S. cities to destinations all over the globe, including Asia.
While flyers have loved some amazing deals, including sub-$300 round-trip tickets to Europe, the major U.S.-based domestic carriers have complained that Norwegian Air, by paying lower wages to Thai-based flight crews, has a competitive advantage.
However, the Department of Transportation, DOT, recently issued a final permit allowing Norwegian Air to fly to and from the United States.
If Norwegian Air meets its lofty goals, travelers going across the Atlantic could be in for a treat. The airline wants to entice travelers with an introductory $69 one-way fares to and from select U.S. cities and Europe.
Potentially more game-changing is the possibility of cheap flights from Seattle to India and China, via London, which could be used heavily by tech workers in Seattle, and competition here could bring flights into many people's budgets.
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