Norse Atlantic Airways wants to start ticket sales next month

In just under two months, the brand new airline Norse Atlantic Airways will start ticket sales. The airline adds that an inaugural flight will take place sometime in the second quarter of 2022. But where exactly is the airline going to fly to? Let’s take a look at the latest news for this exciting new carrier.

‘when’ but not ‘where’

It has been less than a month since the United States Department of Transportation (DoT) approved Norse Atlantic Airways’ application for flights across the Atlantic to the US. The Norwegian low-cost airline was founded in early 2021 and has since worked hard to raise capital, obtain permits, purchase aircraft and hire crews.

Now that most of these important tasks have been completed, the carrier is (almost) ready to officially announce its first destination(s). Indeed, the company’s CEO, Bjørn Tore Larsen, said the following in an official statement:

“Prospective customers and supporters on both sides of the Atlantic ask us every day when they can start purchasing tickets, when we will be airborne and not least what routes we will be offering. We can confirm that our goal is to start ticket sales by the end of March and that our first flight will depart in the second quarter.”

The airline’s statement said its maiden flight will depart from Oslo to an unspecified destination in the US, while the CEO added that the finalization of the route network is currently underway. However, if you read on, you’ll see that the destinations have actually already been revealed…

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The airline currently has four Boeing 787-9 jets, but has several more in addition to several 787-8s. Photo: Norwegian Atlantic Ocean

Building the team

Norse Atlantic Airways reports that it has received more than 3,000 applications for its first 50 Oslo-based pilot positions. The lucky 50 have now been selected and are now following a training course.

While additional crew bases will be established in the future, it appears that Norse Atlantic will have its first cabin crew base on the other side of the Atlantic, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. With a group consisting of 400 team members, the training of the first class will start in a few weeks.

The airline has signed collective bargaining agreements with pilots and cabin crew unions on both sides of the Atlantic, in Norway, the US and the UK.

“We are building a high-performance culture and creating an environment where we value diversity so that all colleagues feel included. We are very happy with the colleagues we have recruited so far,” – Bjørn Tore Larsen, CEO, Norse Atlantic Airways

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The airline has been hard at work recruiting staff to fill its ranks. Photo: Norse Atlantic Airways

Destinations leaked

While the airline has yet to specify where it will fly its Boeing 787s, what are some possible options? The disclosure of the airline’s crew base gives us a pretty big clue. After all, with the establishment of a cabin crew base in Fort Lauderdale, it would indicate that the airline will have operations there. Otherwise it would be a very inefficient operation to move or commute cabin crew to another part of the US!

With a crew base in Fort Lauderdale, Norse Atlantic could deploy its crews there at Fort-Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport (FLL) or Miami International Airport (MIA).

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However, if we look beyond the airline’s press release and government filings, we can see where she will be flying soon. Indeed, Norse Atlantic’s first three routes were disclosed in DoT’s application for a foreign airline license. The three routes are as follows:

  • Oslo to Fort Lauderdale (for South Florida)
  • Oslo to New York Stewart (for the New York area)
  • Oslo to Ontario (for the Los Angeles region)

Given that the crew base in Fort Lauderdale is the airline’s first, we expect this city to be Norway’s first official destination.

Given these destinations and a launch window in the summer, are you going to try Norse Atlantic this year? And what do you think of their destinations? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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