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Norwegian Air spreads its wings at Logan

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Oct 06, 2015

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Norwegian Air spreads its wings at Logan
Donna Goodison
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Norwegian Air has a list of potential new nonstop flights for Logan International Airport should it receive long-awaited U.S. regulatory approval to operate the Boston service through an Irish subsidiary.

The first new routes likely would be Edinburgh, Scotland, and Birmingham, England, in 2017 or 2018, according to CEO Bjorn Kjos. Other possible destinations are Bergen and Stavanger, Norway; Gothenburg, Sweden; Aalborg, Denmark; Aberdeen, Scotland; Bremen, Germany; and Bilbao, Spain, he said.

“Our idea is — especially when we get the Max in 2017 — setting up networks from most of the west coast of Europe to Boston,” Kjos said, referring to 100 fuel-efficient Boeing 737 MAX single-aisle planes that Norwegian has ordered.

The low-cost airline is trying to expand through more long-haul flights. Last week it unveiled plans to start direct flights between Boston and Cork, Ireland, in May. Roundtrip fares would run about $300 to $350, Kjos said.

But all of the flights hinge on U.S. approval of a permit for its Ireland-based Norwegian Air International, the application for which it filed in December 2013. U.S. airlines and labor unions have lobbied against the permit, saying Norwegian is using Ireland as a “flag of convenience” to skirt Norwegian and U.S. labor laws.

“They know we’ll have the low fares,” said Kjos, who maintains Norwegian chose Ireland to access airline traffic rights from the European Union and to secure more attractive aircraft-financing rates.

Norwegian, which starts its Hub service with Guadeloupe and Martinique flights on Dec. 3, also is eyeing more Boston-Caribbean flights to European-controlled islands, Kjos said.

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