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Our story Year by year

We were founded in 1993, but only began operating as a low-cost carrier with bigger Boeing 737 aircraft in 2002. Today, we are one of the world’s fastest growing airlines.

    • Named the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
    • Norwegian granted an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) by the Argentine government
    • Norwegian once again recognised as ‘World's Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline’ and ‘Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe’ by Skytrax
    • Norwegian launches the cheapest transatlantic flights ever with its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
    • Recognised as "Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe" for the fifth year running and "World’s Best Low-Cost Long Haul Airline" by Skytrax World Airline Awards for the third year running
    • In May, the Norwegian Group Board of Directors approved the launch of Norwegian Air Argentina's plans of operation
    • In March, Norwegian announced that it has flown more than four million passengers between the United States and Europe since the first transatlantic service began in 2013
    • Recognised as "Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe" for the fourth time running and "World’s Best Low-Cost Long Haul Airline" by Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year running
    • The first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was delivered
    • Announced flights from Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport to the U.S.
    • Added two more Dreamliners to its fleet
    • Established new base in Rome, Italy
    • Named the most fuel-efficient airline on transatlantic routes by The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT)
    • Signed an agreement to acquire an additional 19 new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, which constitutes a total order of 30 Dreamliners
    • Expanded long-haul operation by establishing crew base at London Gatwick
    • Launched new long-haul routes. New destinations: Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, St. Croix and Boston
    • Recognised as "Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe" for the third time running and "World’s Best Low-Cost Long Haul Airline" by Skytrax World Airline Awards, and "Europe’s Best Low-Cost Airline" by Airlineratings.com
    • Became the first airline to offer live TV on European flights
    • Recognised as "Best European Low-Cost Airline" by AirlineRatings.com and voted "Best Low-Cost Airline in the World" by the 2014 Air Transport News Awards
    • Voted "Best European Low-Cost Carrier" by Skytrax World Airline Awards for the second year running
    • Norwegian took home three prizes at the Apex Passenger Choice Awards, including "Best in Europe" and "Best Inflight Connectivity and Communications"
    • Also recognised for its innovative moving map on the 787 Dreamliners
    • First airline in Europe to offer in-flight movie and TV rental on all of our WiFi-enabled aircraft
    • Launched low-cost long-haul service on brand new Dreamliners
    • Awarded "Best European Low-Cost Carrier" by Skytrax World Airline Awards
    • Opened new base at London Gatwick and several new bases in Spain
    • Winner of "Best Inflight Connectivity and Communications" for its free inflight WiFi
    • Signed the largest-ever agreement in European aviation history: 22 Boeing 737-800s, 100 Boeing 737 MAX8s as well as 100 Airbus A320neo aircraft
    • Signed an agreement to lease two additional Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners for its long-haul operation
    • First airline to offer free inflight WiFi on European routes
    • Opened new base at Helsinki airport in Finland
    • Entered into an agreement to purchase three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners
    • Placed order of an additional 15 Boeing 737-800s
    • Awarded gold and silver at the prestigious Sky Trax Awards. Passengers say that Norwegian is the second best airline in Northern Europe and the third best low-cost airline in Europe
    • First Swedish and Danish heroes portrayed on the tails of Norwegian’s aircraft
    • Placed order of an additional 15 Boeing 737-800s 
    • Received the Market Leadership Award from Air Transport World Magazine (the Oscars of the airline industry)
    • Expanded extensively in Denmark by launching 39 new routes
    • Delivery of first Norwegian-owned Boeing 737-800
    • Delivery of first Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation aircraft
    • The new planes reduce fuel consumption and emissions by more than 20 percent and increase passenger capacity from 148 to 186/189
    • Entered the Danish market and opened Copenhagen base
    • Opened new base at Rygge, outside Oslo
    • Established base at Arlanda outside of Stockholm, Sweden
    • Bank Norwegian and frequent flyer programme Norwegian Reward launched
    • Placed and order with Boeing to buy 42 737-800 aircraft
    • Polish subsidiary and base established. Flights from Warsaw to five European cities commenced.
    • First year in profit. "It has been an amazing and profitable year for Norwegian," said CEO Bjørn Kjos.
    • Started codeshare agreement with FlyNordic and Sterling
    • Listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange
    • Domestic routes launched in Norway with Boeing 737-300s
    • Norwegian established, offering routes on the west coast of Norway with Fokker 50s in cooperation with Braathens SAFE. This cooperation lasted until 2002.
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