Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) was founded on 22 January 1993 to take over the regional airline services produced by Busy Bee for Braathens in Western Norway. Following the bankruptcy, NAS took over three leased Fokker 50 aircraft, and started operating from Bergen Airport, Flesland to Haugesund Airport, Karmøy, as well as from Bergen to Molde Airport, Årø or Kristiansund Airport, Kvernberget and onwards to Trondheim Airport, Værnes. The company was established and owned by former Busy Bee employees and based in Bergen, but later established a technical base in Stavanger. It was a regional airline till 2002, following the decision of SAS and Braathens to merge, NAS announced in April 2002 that it was planning to start domestic scheduled services as a low-cost carrier on the most trafficked routes. From 1 September 2002, the airline re-branded as Norwegian. The airline opened their second hub at Warsaw Frederic Chopin Airport in Poland, flying to Central European destinations. The base was closed in 2010. Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA announced 24 April 2007 that they had bought 100% of the Swedish low-cost airline FlyNordic; becoming the largest low-cost airline in Scandinavia. As part of the deal with the former owner, Finnair got a 5% stake in Norwegian.
About the airline
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, trading as Norwegian, is a low-cost carrier, the second-largest airline in Scandinavia. Norwegian is not yet a member of any airline alliance. The airline has bases at Oslo-Gardermoen, Copenhagen, Stockholm-Arlanda, Helsinki-Vantaa, Bergen, Trondheim, Stavanger and Sandefjord.
Norwegian serves Europe, North Africa and the Middle East for both business and leisure markets. In total the airline operates 238 routes to 95 destinations in 27 countries on three continents.
Domestic, intra-Scandinavian and typical European business destinations have the most frequencies. The busiest route in Norwegians network is the Oslo to Bergen operation with 13 daily round-trips followed by the Oslo to Trondheim route with 12 daily round-trips. Norwegian’s largest non-Scandinavian operation is to London Gatwick with up to 14 daily round-trips.
Norwegian Air Shuttle fleet consists of single-aisle jet aircrafts, namely: 14 Boeing 737-300 and 48 Boeing 737-800
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The cheapest flights offered by Norwegian Airlines is for the route Flights from Copenhagen to London, and the longest flight is on route Flights from Warsaw to Rome which takes 2h 25m.