History

1993
 Norwegian established. The airline starts operating flights on the west coast of Norway with Fokker F-50s in cooperation with Braathens S.A.F.E. This cooperation lasts until 2002. 

2002
 Launched domestic routes in Norway with Boeing 737-300 aircraft
as SAS’ purchase of Braathens S.A.F.E. terminates Norwegian’s west coast operation.

2003
 Norwegian listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange
. The company is listed on the stock exchange and raises 250 million NOK in an oversubscribed offering.

2004
 Started codeshare agreement with FlyNordic and Sterling
. Norwegian and Finnair-owned FlyNordic starts codesharing on the Stockholm-Oslo route. Sterling and Norwegian kicks off codeshare agreement on 13 of the companies’ European routes from Norway.

2005
 First year in profit.
”We’re happy to announce that 2005 has been an amazing and profitable year for Norwegian,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos in an announcement.

2006
 Polish subsidiary and base established
. Flights from Warsaw to five European cities commence. Two planes based at the Polish base.

2007
 Acquired FlyNordic from Finnair
. The acquisition further strenghtens Norwegian’s position in the Nordic and European markets. Stockholm becomes Norwegian’s Swedish base. <

 Placed and order with Boeing to buy 42 737-800 aircraft. These are technologically advanced aircraft that are considerably more environmentally friendly than today’s fleet. The order is the largest of its kind in Europe in 2007 and the largest ever in Scandinavia.

 Bank Norwegian and frequent flier program Norwegian Reward launched. Bank Norwegian launched as a full scale online bank. Expected synergies from mother brand Norwegian Air Shuttle. Norwegian Reward enables the customer to earn so-called cash points on Bank Norwegian credit card transactions. The points can be used to purchase plane tickets.

2008
 Delivery of first Boeing 737-800 New Generation aircraft
. The new planes reduce fuel consumption and emissions by more than 20 percent. In addition, the passenger capacity increases from 148 to 186/189. Norwegian is about to get a foothold as an environmentally conscious airline.

 Call Norwegian introduced. Call Norwegian is a mobile phone company that directs its services to Norwegian’s existing customer base (passengers). It offers in-flight mobile phone and wireless internet services, in addition to WIFI at airports and basic telephone and IP telephone solutions.

 Opened new base at Rygge, outside Oslo. One of two Rygge-based planes takes off from Rygge to Budapest on February 14. 14 routes in service.

 Norwegian entered the Danish market and opened Copenhagen base. Shortly after Sterling announced its bankruptcy, Norwegian presented a plan that resulted in the opening of a base at Copenhagen-Kastrup.

2009
 Received the airline industry’s”Oscar” award
. Norwegian received the Market Leadership Award from the international aviation magazine Air Transport World The award is widely viewed as the “Oscar” of the airline industry.

 Delivery of first Norwegian-owned B737-800. The flight from Seattle to Oslo was completed in nine hours, supposedly an unofficial new route record. The aircraft, whose tail is foliaged with an image of the Norwegian actor Erik Bye, commenced commercial flying in September. Norwegian has a pending order of 42 brand new state-of-the-art aircraft from Boeing that will be delivered over a period of five years.

 Expanded extensively in Denmark by launching 39 new routes. Norwegian continues its rapid growth at Copenhagen-Kastrup. The number of Copenhagen-based planes increases from seven to nine. ”Our first year in Denmark shows that we are more than welcome in the Danish market, which is an inspiration to continued growth, said CEO Bjørn Kjos in an announcement.

 The best year ever for Norwegian. Norwegian presents an annual result of a profit after taxes exceeding 446 million NOK. The company also experienced a considerable growth in passenger figures. As many as 10.8 million passengers flew with the airline in 2009, up 18 percent compared to the previous year.

2010
 Awarded gold and silver in prestigious customer survey
. Airline passengers say that Norwegian is the second best airline in Northern Europe and the third best lowcost airline in Europe, according to a Sky Trax survey. 18 million travellers from 100 different countries have participated in the survey between July 2009 and April 2010.
 
 Swedish and Danish heroes entered the tails of Norwegian’s aircraft. As Norwegian is becoming increasingly Pan-Scandinavian, Swedish actress Greta Garbo and Danish author Hans Christian Andersen are introduced as its first Non-Norwegian “tail heroes”.

 Placed order of an additional 15 aircraft from Boeing. Norwegian has confirmed an order of an additional 15 737-800s from Boeing. The brand new aircraft will be delivered between 2014 and 2016. Norwegian already has a pending order of 48 state-of-the-art 737-800s from Boeing that are continually being delivered until 2014.

2011
 First airline to offer in-flight WiFi on European routes.
This free-of-charge offer was very well received by the passengers. By year-end 2012 the entire fleet of 737-800s will be connected. 

 Opened new base at Helsinki airport in Finland. Norwegian launched domestic routes and 11 international routes with great response in the Finnish market. Approximately 1 million Finnish passengers travelled with Norwegian in 2011.

Entered into an agreement to purchase three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner long-haul aircraft. In addition, Norwegian entered into an agreement to lease one addtional Dreamliner. Norwegian has six Dreamliners on order.

 Placed order of an additional 15 aircraft from Boeing. Norwegian confirmed an order of an additional 15 737-800s from Boeing. The brand new aircraft will be delivered between 2015 and 2018. Norwegian already has a pending order of 63 state-of-the-art 737-800s that are continually being delivered until 2016.

 
2012
 Norwegian signed the largest ever agreement in European aviation history. The order included 122 aircraft from Boeing and 100 aircraft from Airbus. The orders were for 22 Boeing 737-800, 100 Boeing 737 MAX8 and 100 Airbus A320neo.  

 Norwegian signed an agreement to lease two additional Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for its long-haul operations. The company has previously entered into agreements to purchase three and lease three aircraft of the same type, securing a delivery of a total of eight 787 Dreamliners. 


2013
 Norwegian is the first airline in Europe to offer in-flight movie and TV rentals. The service is available on all of the company’s WiFi-enabled aircraft

Norwegian launches long-haul routes between Fort Lauderdale and Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm

 In May 2013, Norwegian’s first ever long-haul flights took off from Oslo Airport Gardermoen to New York and Bangkok

 Norwegian was awarded "Best European Low-Cost Carrier” by the renowned Skytrax

 Winner of "Best Inflight Connectivity and Communications" for its free WiFi on board in September

 In November 2013, Norwegian had its first flights to Fort Lauderdale from Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm

 In December, Norwegian signed a contract to lease two new Dreamliners for delivery in the first quarter of 2016. These are the new aircraft model 787-9 Dreamliner, which is somewhat larger than Norwegian has today.

 Norwegian launches direct flights between Bergen and New York with the Dreamliner

2014
 In February 2014, Norwegian was granted an Irish AOC for its subsidiary Norwegian Air International Limited (NAI), which is based in Dublin

 In February, Norwegian ordered an additional four new 787-9 Dreamliners

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