NEW YORK (July 13, 2016) – Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline, has signed charter agreements with Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations for the 2017 winter season. Norwegian will station three Boeing 737-800 aircraft in Milwaukee, Wis. and Chicago, Ill. and operate routes to Mexico and the Caribbean from December 2016 to April 2017. The total value of the two contracts is approximately $14.3M (120M Norwegian Krone), and include more than 600 flights. For Norwegian, entering the American charter tour market is a milestone that will allow the airline to use aircraft effectively during the European low season.
“We are very excited to expand our charter operations to the United States and partner with Apple Vacations and Funjet Vacations," said Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian. "We look forward to having more Americans enjoy the Norwegian experience on their way to what will hopefully be a fantastic holiday.”
Norwegian has offered its own flights from several U.S. East Coast cities to the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique since December 2015. The seasonal winter service will resume this autumn.
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 sixth largest. Norwegian offers more nonstop European destinations from the United States than any other European airline with seamless connections across the continent. Norwegian offers 40 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris 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 26 million passengers in 2015 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 more than 440 routes to over 130 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 norwegian.com.