Low-fare European airline Norwegian Air made a splash Thursday announcing 10 new transatlantic routes from three Northeast airports to Europe, with introductory one-way fares starting at $65.
The deals include flights from Rhode Island's T.F. Green Airport will depart to Edinburgh (starting June 16), Belfast (July 1), Cork (July 1), Dublin (July 2), and Shannon (July 3).
Norwegian said it would fly from smaller USA airports with lower fees to keep costs low, and use narrow-body Boeing 737-MAX Aircraft due to be delivered later this year. A search on Norwegian's website shows most flights between Edinburgh and New York's Stewart International costing around £234 for one way.
The company's boss Bjorn Kjos said: "We are launching the new Boeing 737 planes we get this summer, and with those we'll be able to fly incredibly cheaply to the United States of America".
Norwegian Airlines is the first global carrier to take delivery of Boeing's new 737 Max, an extended-range version of the workhorse aircraft.
Norwegian is able to offer these ultra-low global fares for several reasons, said Sande.
"With 200 aircraft on order, we are looking at a lot of airports in America", Lindstrom said.
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The $65 fares offered by Norwegian are for one-way tickets to Irish and United Kingdom destinations from smaller US airports located in the states of New York, Rhode Island and CT. Norwegian does not charge customers for carry-on luggage. Year-round flights from those airports to Edinburgh, Scotland, begin in June, and to Ireland and Northern Ireland in July. Norwegian Airlines had not flown directly to Rhodes until its new program, but flies only to four other islands - with one airport near the Island.
With these new routes, Norwegian offers 55 routes from the USA; 48 to Europe and seven to the French Caribbean.
The airline will launch 19 weekly flights from Ireland serving the USA east coast.
Norwegian Air already serves the US from Europe using its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner long-range planes.
Norwegian, which carried 30 million passengers in 2016, operates 450 routes to 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, and the Caribbean. Those who jumped on the offer will be able to fly round trip from the U.S.to Scotland for $145.
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