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Norwegian Air International wins Aircraft Operator Award at Aviation Industry Awards 2016

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Norwegian Air International wins Aircraft Operator Award at Aviation Industry Awards 2016

Low-cost airline Norwegian continues its climb in Ireland by receiving the Aircraft Operator Award at the 2016 Aviation Industry Awards in Dublin.

The Aviation Industry Awards recognises excellence in the Irish and International Aviation industry with Norwegian Air International (NAI) voted Aircraft Operator of the year by an independent panel of judges consisted of renowned aviation industry experts.

Norwegian Air International is the Irish subsidiary of Europe’s third largest airline, Norwegian, and is based in Dublin with more than 2,500 staff representing the company. NAI has now received its long awaited foreign air carrier permit to operate direct flights to the US, which will unlock the door to further new routes and growth in Ireland. In the past year alone, NAI has grown from operating nine Boeing 737-800 aircraft to 44, carrying nearly 9 million passengers to destinations around Europe.

Tore Jenssen, CEO of Norwegian Air International said: “This award is an outstanding achievement and recognition of our commitment to high standards in service, safety and our growing operation in Ireland. We have just received our long overdue permission to fly to the US and we are now actively planning our first transatlantic flights from Ireland to give customers more choice and greater value. We will be operating even more brand new aircraft next year so with this in mind, Ireland will continue to receive the highest quality low-cost flights in comfort.”

Norwegian was awarded two World Travel Awards in 2016 and was named the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline’ for the second consecutive year and ‘Best Low-Cost Airline in Europe’ for the fourth year in a row at the renowned Skytrax World Airline Awards.

The airline has outlined its full plans for Irish transatlantic routes, which will be revealed in early 2017 with the first flights launching next summer.



Norwegian in the UK:

  • Norwegian first launched UK flights in 2003 and now operates from London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester Airports to more than 40 destinations worldwide
  • Norwegian is the third largest airline at London Gatwick, with 3.9 million yearly passengers, and with more than 700 pilots, cabin crew and staff working from its Gatwick base
  • In 2014, Norwegian introduced the UK’s first low-cost, long haul flights to the U.S. - the airline now flies to 8 U.S destinations with fares from just £135 one way
  • Norwegian is the only airline to offer free inflight WiFi on UK flights to more than 30 European destinations
  • The airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 3.6 years, including next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliners and Boeing 737-800s
  • Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for four consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2016, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ in both 2015 and 2016


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The Norwegian group is a leading Nordic aviation company, headquartered at Fornebu outside Oslo, Norway. The company has over 8,200 employees and owns two of the prominent airlines in the Nordics: Norwegian Air Shuttle and Widerøe’s Flyveselskap. Widerøe was acquired by Norwegian in 2024, aiming to facilitate seamless air travel across the two airline’s networks.

Norwegian Air Shuttle, the largest Norwegian airline with around 4,700 employees, operates an extensive route network connecting Nordic countries to key European destinations. In 2023, Norwegian carried over 20 million passengers and maintained a fleet of 87 Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Widerøe’s Flyveselskap, Norway’s oldest airline, is Scandinavia’s largest regional carrier. The airline has more than 3,500 employees. Mainly operating the short-runway airports in rural Norway, Widerøe operates several state contract routes (PSO routes) in addition to its own commercial network. In 2023, the airline had 3.3 million passengers and a fleet of 48 aircraft, including 45 Bombardier Dash 8’s and three Embraer E190-E2's. Widerøe Ground Handling provides ground handling services at 41 Norwegian airports.

The Norwegian group has sustainability as a key priority and has committed to significantly reducing carbon emissions from its operations. Among numerous initiatives, the most noteworthy is the investment in production and use of fossil-free aviation fuel (SAF). Norwegian strives to become the sustainable choice for its passengers, actively contributing to the transformation of the aviation industry.