OSLO (JUNE 28, 2018) - Today, Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos was awarded the 2018 Ambassador’s Award by Kenneth J. Braithwaite, the United States Ambassador to Norway, for significantly contributing to building U.S.-Norway relations and growing the countries’ economies.
“I congratulate Bjørn Kjos on receiving the 2018 U.S. Ambassador’s Award for his work to strengthen people-to-people and economic ties between the United States and Norway, one trans-Atlantic passenger and one American-made airplane at a time,” said Ambassador Braithwaite.
Ambassador Braithwaite also credited Bjørn Kjos and Norwegian for being an important investor in the United States, buying U.S. products and services, promoting job creation and increasing prosperity.
“It is an honor to receive this award. I am grateful that the work we have done in the U.S. so far is appreciated and acknowledged. No other foreign airline is more committed to the United States than Norwegian, and this is still just the beginning," said Bjørn Kjos.
Job creation and boosting economies
“The hundreds of thousands of tourists and other visitors that Norwegian have carried between the U.S. and Europe, has led to thousands of jobs being created and has boosted local economies on both sides of the Atlantic. We will do our best to continue contributing towards more job creation and strengthening the ties between our countries,” Bjørn Kjos continued.
Norwegian began flying to the U.S. in 2013 and support from the U.S. has been vital for Norwegian in its mission to offer more affordable fares to the American people and the possibility to travel internationally. Today, Norwegian offers close to 60 nonstop routes from the U.S. to Europe; more transatlantic routes than any other European airline.
Norwegian has a strong relationship and commitment to the world’s leading aircraft manufacturer, Boeing. Back in 2012, the airline signed the largest ever aircraft order in European history with Boeing. Norwegian still has more than 100 U.S.-made Boeing aircraft on order.
Today, Norwegian has around 800 dedicated colleagues based across several locations in the U.S. – a number that will continue to grow quickly. Norwegian is the only foreign airline hiring U.S.-based pilots, bringing many American pilots back home. Norwegian also employs more U.S.-based cabin crew than any other foreign airline. Earlier this year, Norwegian opened its fifth U.S. base, at LAX, proving Norwegian’s commitment to the US. The airline also has bases in New York, Fort Lauderdale, Providence and Stewart.
Norwegian is the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline and carried around 33 million passengers in 2017. The airline operates 500 routes to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, North and South America. Norwegian has a fleet of more than 150 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world’s youngest fleets. Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for five consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2017, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Norwegian employs over 9,500 people. The airline offers more than 60 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Madrid, Amsterdam, Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and the Caribbean.