Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Four new routes from budget carrier Norwegian as Milk takes to the air

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Norwegian Expansion
It's been a busy weekend for the budget carrier Norwegian, which is continuing to expand with new routes, whilst it also cuts costs and attempts to become a leaner operation to head back in to profits.

The airline started non-stop services between Europe and three new North American airports over the weekend. 

Dublin - John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (4 times a week)

London - Miami  (moved from Fort Lauderdale - daily service)

London - San Francisco  (moved from Oakland - five times a week)

Rome - Boston   (4 times a week)

All the new US routes will be served by the state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, whilst the Canadian service from Dublin is operated on a Boeing 737-800. 

"We are continuously reinforcing Norwegian’s commitment to the U.S. as this is one of our most important markets. Transatlantic low fares resonate very well with both American leisure and business travellers, especially when matched with our award-winning inflight experience. Our new routes and increased frequencies will make us even more competitive while offering Americans more options and more ways to save and enjoy travel," said Bjørn Kjos, Founder and CEO of Norwegian.

Norwegian is the world’s fifth largest low-cost airline and carried 37 million passengers in 2018. The airline operates more than 500 routes to over 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, North and South America. Norwegian has a fleet of more than 160 aircraft, with an average age of 3.8 years, making it one of the world’s youngest and “greenest” fleets.

The airline adorns its aircraft tails with pictures of notable public figures, who have in their fields achieved greatness,  these are called tail fin heroes!  The latest addition to this growing number of illustrious people was unveiled at the end of last week - Harvey Milk.

Harvey Milk, among the best known civil rights leaders in modern history, fearlessly pursued the freedom for every human being to live life with authenticity and courage. As one of the world’s first openly gay officials, Milk’s ground-breaking election in 1977 offered hope for all marginalized people across the globe. Today, Harvey’s legacy lives on through award-winning films and documentaries, plays and operas, books, and scholarly contributions. His name graces schools, community centres, parks, and streets around the world, proving that his pursuit of acceptance and equality is remembered, honoured, and continues to this day.

"Norwegian was founded on the premise of bringing affordable fares to all. As we continue to grow, our message of inclusion is beyond just that of affordable fares, it is unifying customers, employees, and business partners from all over the world who share our vision of diversity. Like ours, Harvey Milk’s mission was reflective of a pioneering spirit. He demonstrated a tireless hunger to look past the differences of people and instead focus on bringing them together for the greater good. We can’t think of a better way to honour Harvey Milk’s bravery and courage than to dedicate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to his legacy of equal rights – a tribute that will span the globe for years to come, reinforcing our joint commitment to making the world a smaller, friendlier and more inclusive place,” said Bjørn Kjos.

"We are proud to partner with Norwegian, having Uncle Harvey join the airline's forward-thinking Tail Fin Hero program that already includes change makers like Sojourner Truth and Oscar Wilde," said Stuart Milk, nephew and the co-founder of the Harvey Milk Foundation. "This is such a unique way to educate and celebrate those that have come before us, allowing for their legacies to live on. We look forward to seeing Harvey 'flying' into airports across the globe and continuing to spread his message of acceptance."

(Images Norwegian)

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