Norwegian Group CEO Bjørn Kjos stated (13-Feb-2018) “the UK will be at the heart of our continued global expansion and we remain fully committed to the market”. Mr Kjos added he is confident the UK can offer Norwegian a “springboard to further expansion”. Mr Kjos confirmed the carrier will continue to pursue further route expansion from London to South America and Asia, as follows:
- South America: Mr Kjos confirmed the airline is exploring potential new routes to more South American countries due to strong ticket sales on the Buenos Aires route;
- Asia: Mr Kjos said further Asia expansion will build upon the launch of the longest low cost route to Singapore with destinations such as Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing planned if the airline receives access to the Siberian corridor. As previously reported by CAPA, the Siberian corridor offers Norwegian the most efficient and direct routing across Russia to North Asia.
Mr Kjos also announced eight new A321neo LR aircraft are scheduled for delivery in 2019, and will serve the UK from 2020. The carrier plans to use the aircraft to serve routes from London to the US east coast and midwest. Mr Kjos listed Detroit, Philadelphia and Minneapolis as examples of destinations that could be served. In addition, Norwegian will also consider routes to the Middle East using A321neo LR aircraft. [more – original PR]