Saturday evening, the first direct flight between the San Francisco Bay and Stockholm, Sweden, took off from Oakland International Airport (OAK) in California. This is the first ever direct route between Northern California and the capital of Sweden.
”Our direct flights from San Francisco to both Stockholm and Oslo have been very well received by the traveling public. We believe that the American people also deserve affordable fares across the Atlantic. That’s what we are making possible with our high quality 787 Dreamliner flights at low fares between the U.S. and Europe”, said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.
Norwegian offers non-stop flights from several U.S. cities to Europe. Norwegian currently has two bases of operation, in New York and Fort Lauderdale, employing 300 U.S. crew members. The company is also recruiting 787 Dreamliner pilots to be based at JFK airport.
“We’re excited and prepared to offer an excellent airport experience matching Norwegian’s award winning onboard service. Oakland International Airport is committed to being the airport of choice for Scandinavian visitors to the Bay Area as well as local residents departing for Europe likely for the first time from OAK”, said Deborah Ale Flint, Port of Oakland Director of Aviation.
Later this month, Norwegian will also launch direct flights between San Francisco Bay-Oakland and Oslo, Norway.
Norwegian’s presence in the U.S.
In 2013, Norwegian commenced its long-haul operation by being the only low-cost carrier to offer flights between the U.S. and Europe. Norwegian will have a fleet of 14 Dreamliners, whereof four are currently in service and three will be delivered in 2014. The company is planning to expand its long-haul fleet with even more 787 Dreamliners.
Creating jobs in the U.S.
Norwegian Air continues to expand internationally and is currently recruiting pilots for its crew base at New York’s JFK airport. The company is recruiting captains and first officers to operate the state-of-the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner.Last year, Norwegian began recruiting U.S. cabin crew and so far the response has been outstanding. The airline has received more than 5,500 applications for a total of 300 positions to be filled in 2014.
Flight schedule from Oakland-San Francisco:
San Francisco (OAK) – Stockholm (ARN) twice a week from May 3rd, 2014
Norwegian will operate two weekly flights between Oakland-San Francisco (OAK) and Stockholm – onTuesdays and Saturdays.
San Francisco (OAK) – Oslo (OSL) three times a week from May 28th, 2014
Norwegian will operate three weekly flights between Oakland-San Francisco and Oslo – on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Norwegian's other long-haul destination from the U.S. in 2014:
From New York (JFK): Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and London
From Fort Lauderdale (FLL): Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and London
From Los Angeles (LAX): Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen and London
From Orlando (ORL): Oslo
Norwegian’s Press Office: +47 815 11 816
Oakkland International Airport: John Albrecht, Aviation Marketing and Communications Manager: +1 510 563 2898
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian”, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the second largest airline in Scandinavia and third largest low cost carrier in Europe. More than 20 million passengers fly on its network per year. Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the US and Southeast Asia. The company has a total of 416 routes to 126 destinations and employs approximately 3,500 people in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, UK, Spain and Thailand. The company has 258 undelivered aircraft on firm order. Norwegian was founded in 1993 and its headquarter is in Fornebu, Norway. In 2013, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi, world-class punctuality and a fleet of 93 aircraft with an average age of only 4.8 years.