Norse Atlantic Airways is a new airline being planned by former executives at Norwegian Air, which would look to offer low-cost long-haul flights.
Norwegian has recently been forced to scale back its entire operation in the face of huge losses, mounting costs and the downturn in air travel through the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result, it has cancelled all plans to return to long-haul flying, and is returning its fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft to lessors or storing them long term.
However, in the wake of this, Norse Atlantic Airways is planning to start operations potentially by late 2021 and offer a range of transatlantic and long haul routes using a fleet of up to 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners.
The airline plans to fly from bases at London Gatwick, Oslo and Paris Charles de Gaulle – three former Norwegian long-haul bases. Destinations may include Los Angeles, Miami and New York JFK airports.
Apparently the airline has already raised over $20 million to fund startup, and intends to keep links with Norwegian’s operation through feeding passengers between flights.