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Norse Atlantic Airways’ application for operating transatlantic flights approved by US’ DoT

The Department of Transportation (DoT) of the United States has approved Norse Atlantic Airways’ application for the operation of flights between Norway/The European Union and the United States. This clears the path for the airline to launch operations to the US as Norse has already received its Air Operator’s Certificate by Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority.

Bjørn Tore Larsen, CEO and Founder, Norse Atlantic Airways, said:

We are thrilled by the Department of Transportation’s approval of our affordable transatlantic flights. This significant milestone brings Norse one step closer to launching affordable and more environmentally friendly service to customers traveling between Europe and the United States. We appreciate the USDOT’s constructive and prompt approach, and we look forward to working with them in the months ahead.

Norse Atlantic will deliver many jobs to American workers, including hundreds of U.S.-based flight attendants, and will partner with local communities, tourism organizations, businesses, and labor to stimulate economic growth in regions throughout the United States and Europe. In May 2021, Norse Atlantic Airways reached a historic pre-hire agreement with the U.S. Association of Flight Attendants.

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Larsen added:

Our people will be our competitive advantage. We are building a high-performance culture and creating an environment where we value diversity, ensuring that all colleagues feel a sense of belonging. We look forward to start recruiting our new colleagues in the U.S..

The Oslo-based airline says that since it’s inception, it has received wide support from communities, airport authorities, and labor organizations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Larsen further added:

We are grateful for the support from community and labor leaders who are enthusiastic about the service we will deliver. We believe that transatlantic travel will resume with full force once the pandemic is behind us. People will want to explore new destinations, visit friends and family and travel for business. Norse will be there to offer attractive and affordable flights on our more environmentally friendly Boeing 787 Dreamliners to both the leisure and cost-conscious business traveler.

As aforementioned, in December 2021, Norse Atlantic received its Air Operator’s Certificate from Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority and the airline has also taken delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner.

Norse Atlantic Airways is Norway’s newest airline that will offer affordable fares on long-haul flights, primarily between Europe and the United States. The company was founded by CEO and major shareholder Born Tore Larsen in March 2021. The carrier plans to have a fleet of 15 Boeing B787 Dreamliners. These aircraft will operate flights from Oslo to New York, Florida, Paris and London, among others. Norse plans to start flights in Spring 2022 with first flights departing to selected cities in the United States.

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