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Norwegian Named Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes

Press release   •   Nov 17, 2015 11:59 EST

NEW YORK CITY (November 17, 2015) – The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) today released a study that compares the fuel efficiency, and therefore carbon intensity, of the top 20 airlines on transatlantic routes between the United States/Canada and Europe in 2014. Norwegian was named the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes, on average achieving 40 passenger kilometers per liter (pax-km/L) of fuel with its predominately Boeing 787-8 fleet.

According to the study, Norwegian’s modern long-haul fleet is significantly more fuel-efficient than any of the other 19 leading transatlantic airlines. The second most fuel-efficient airline burned 14% more fuel per passenger kilometer than Norwegian. The three least-efficient airlines (Lufthansa, SAS, and British Airways) were collectively responsible for one-fifth of transatlantic available seat kilometers and burned 44% to 51% more fuel per passenger kilometer than Norwegian.

"It’s surprising to see such large differences in fuel efficiency among airlines on long-haul flights over the Atlantic. The airline you fly, and the aircraft they choose to operate, really matters if you’re concerned about the climate," said the ICCT's program director for aviation, Dan Rutherford, a coauthor of the report.

The study from ICCT is the first analysis to combine the highest quality publicly available and commercial operations data with sophisticated aircraft fuel burn modeling to benchmark the fuel efficiency of carriers on a passenger kilometer basis. The study explains the fuel efficiencies of individual carriers and highlights the most important drivers of efficiency in the aggregate.

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Founded in 1993 and headquartered in Oslo, Norway, award-winning Norwegian Air Shuttle is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe and the world’s seventh largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 25 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London and Scandinavia, as well as six routes from the U.S. to the Caribbean. Onboard features include more legroom than most competitors and free in-flight Wi-Fi on short-haul routes. The airline carried 24 million passengers last year on the world’s most modern and eco-friendly fleet to its network that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the U.S. and Southeast Asia – a total of 439 routes to 132 destinations. Over 5,500 people in Scandinavia, Europe, Asia, and the U.S. work for Norwegian. Follow @Fly_Norwegian on Twitter, join the discussion on Facebook and keep up with our adventures on Instagram. For more information on Norwegian and its network, visit