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Old 02-23-2017, 07:39 AM   #1  
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Norwegian Air will fly you to Europe for $65 - Business Insider

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The $65 ticket to Europe is finally here — and Norwegian Air says it will please Donald Trump

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The era of cheap flights to Europe is officially upon us.

On February 23, Norwegian Air announced that it will launch flights from the Northeast of the United States to Europe for as low as $65.

Norwegian's announcement comes a month after Icelandic low cost airline WOW Air launched a $69.99 fare sale from the West Coast of the US to Europe with a stop over in Reykjavík.

Starting in June, the Norwegian low-cost carrier will operate flights from its bases in Newburgh, New York; Hartford, Connecticut; and Providence, Rhode Island to destinations in Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Scotland using the airline's new Boeing 737MAX 8 airplanes.

"We are pleased to announce our new highly-anticipated transatlantic routes. Our new, non-stop service will enable tens of thousands of new travelers to fly between the continents much more comfortably and affordably," Norwegian Air CEO Bjørn Kjos said in a statement.

"Norwegian's latest transatlantic offering is not only great news for the traveling public, but also for the local U.S. economies as we will bring more tourists that will increase spending, consequently creating thousands of new local jobs."

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According to Norwegian, the $65 tickets are part of an introductory sale. However, if you aren't one of the several thousand travelers lucky enough to get their hands on these tickets, you'll be glad to know that the normal starting price is just $99, Norwegian Air senior vice president of sales, Lars Sande, told Business Insider in an interview.

The newly announced flights to Ireland will be operated by NAI, Norwegian's Irish subsidiary, that finally gained Department of Transportation approval to fly into the US in December after two years of delays.

The airline's Norway-registered operation has been flying into the US since 2013 using its fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner widebody jets and will operate the new routes to Scotland.

Norwegian's Irish operation has been a great point of controversy over the past few years. NAI is one of several subsidiaries operating under the Norwegian banner. Unlike the rest of Norwegian, NAI is based in Dublin, instead of in Norway. Critics, led by US airlines and their unions, believes this allows NAI to take advantage of Ireland's employment laws, which are significantly less stringent than Norway's. As a result, they say, NAI could hire pilots and cabin crew members from Asia at lower wages to fly transatlantic routes. Norwegian Air flight attendant cabin crewNorwegian Air cabin crew.Norwegian

"What the other airlines and unions are saying are alternative facts and fake news," Sande said. "We are doing exactly what Trump wants to do. We are flying American aircraft, hiring American employees, and we paying local salaries while following local regulations."

In a press conference earlier this month, White House press secretary Sean Spicer seemingly agreed with Norwegian's stance saying the airline's agreement to hire US crew and place orders for Boeing jets represent "huge economic interests" for America.

According Sande, the new bases will start up with 150 crew members while the airline has another 500 crew members based in New York and Fort Lauderdale, Florida to operate its Dreamliners. In addition, Norwegian currently operates an all-Boeing fleet consisting of more than 110 Dreamliners and 737s with another 100-plus Boeing jets on order.
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The 737 routes so far:

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I wonder how many have applied....
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We all need to take a stand and refrain from helping them out! In any way. Don't apply!
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Sweeeeet!!!!! Sign me uppp!!!!!!
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Somebody made a hell of a good point on another thread. That is:

What is stopping AA, Delta and United from essentially running 75s on the exact same routes for even less? Sure they would lose money, but given their overall profits the last few years they would be fine.

I wonder how long it would take to dismantle them? Very interesting and I sure as hell hope to see it.
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I wonder how many have applied....
Heard second hand information that they had over 400 applications for the 787 base in FLL, for a base that is supposed to have around 35-40 pilots. That is on top of the supposedly numerous European pilots who have dual US nationality or somehow have the ability to get the right to work in the States and want to go to FLL. No idea about the SWF or PVD bases for the 737 though.
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Are these fares similar to the 'bare fare' offered by spirit? Do they charge for every little thing like seat assignment?
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No need to compete on the exact same routes when massive feed is already set up into BOS, NYC...just compete out of our fortresses I say.
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I hear Ryanair is slated to provide Euro feed from Dublin and EDI - not that they will need it. I am predicting very high load factors in both directions. Weekend in Dublin anyone?
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