Norwegian announces low-cost long-haul flights from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport to the U.S.

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Norwegian has announced the launch of new long-haul operations from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport.

From 29 July, Norwegian will begin its first operations from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport with low-cost long-haul flights to New York, Los Angeles and Fort Lauderdale/Miami.

Norwegian already operates short-haul flights from Paris Orly Airport to European destinations: Oslo, Bergen, Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Helsinki. 

Norwegian will thus offer over 212,000 long-haul seats in its first full year of operations at Charles-de-Gaulle. The flights will be served by Norwegian’s brand new, start-of-the art fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners, with a capacity of 291 seats —32 seats in Premium class and 259 in Economy class.

With an average fleet age of just 3.6 years, Norwegian has one of the youngest and greenest fleets in the world. The Dreamliner produces 20 per cent fewer emissions than comparable aircraft and in 2015, Norwegian was named the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

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Norwegian currently operates a fleet of eight Dreamliners, which will grow to 38 by the year 2020.

Speaking today, Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian’s founder and CEO said:

“In less than three years since the launch of our long-haul operations, Norwegian has built a network of 38 nonstop routes between Europe and the U.S. — more than any other European airline. We already provide nonstop services from London, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm. The choice of Paris as our fifth European long-haul capital clearly underlines our commitment to France. Paris is one of Europe’s main gateways, and we see great potential to expand at Charles-de-Gaulle Airport in the future, adding more long-haul routes as well as more frequencies.” 

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Franck Goldnadel, Executive Director, Chief Airport Operations Officer, Managing Director of Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle airport states: 

“Aéroports de Paris welcomes the fact that Norwegian has chosen Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to launch its first long-haul direct flight from France. As a result of this choice, we are able to diversify our long-haul offering from Terminal 1.” 

Norwegian operates to France 31 route to twelve airports.

With the addition of Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle, Norwegian will operate 31 routes from 12 airports in France: Paris Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly, Ajaccio, Bastia, Biarritz, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Marseille-Provence, Montpellier, and Nice, as well as Guadeloupe and La Martinique in the French Antilles.

In 2015, Norwegian carried 967,000 passengers in France (+4.4% on a year earlier), with 385,000 passengers who flew in and out of Paris Orly Airport (+8.8%).