Norwegian Air Aims to Extend Long-Haul Model to Buenos Aires
By: Pablo Rosendo Gonzalez
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA is evaluating plans for a base in Buenos Aires with flights from cities including Oslo, London, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona as the next phase of its long-haul, low-cost expansion strategy.
Services to the Argentinian capital could start in 12 months if government permissions are granted, Bjorn Kjos, the airline’s chief executive officer, said in an interview in Cordoba, adding that the Latin American country’s second-biggest city also has the potential to become a domestic hub.
Norwegian Air has ambitious plans for extending the low-cost travel model to inter-continental flights using a fleet of Boeing Co. 787s that will swell to 42 by 2020. It’s also adding 30 extended-range Airbus Group SE A321neo aircraft that could be used on shorter long-haul routes by 2022, and has even said that smaller 737 Max jets, of which it has 100 on order, might operate some trans-Atlantic services.
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