Low-cost carrier Norwegian continues to build its presence in the United States with three new nonstop seasonal routes over the northern summer and promises of more to come.
It will fly from Chicago to both Paris and Rome and from Denver to Rome using Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with 35 seats in its premium cabin and 309 in economy.
However, it will end its four-times-weekly New York JFK-Madrid service.
The airline’s economy seats feature personal in-flight entertainment on demand, USB charging ports and a power adapter as well as free Wi-Fi on trans-Atlantic routes.
The premium cabin offers 43- to 46-inch seat pitch with complimentary drinks, food and checked baggage.
“The US is now our largest and most important source market and we will continue to invest in expanding our network to offer more nonstop service to highly sought-after European destinations,’’ said Norwegian senior vice president commercial Matthew Wood.
“Rome and Paris are great additions to our growing presence in Chicago and Denver and we look forward to welcoming new and existing travelers on board next summer.”
The new routes mean Norwegian will double its presence in Chicago to four non-stop routes: Barcelona, London, Paris and Rome.
The new Paris service will launch May 1 and operate five times a week through October 24, while the Rome service will launch June 2 and operate four times a week through October 19.
Tax-inclusive one-way economy fares start as low as $US209.90 one-way to Rome and $US219.90 to Paris, while premium fares start at $US629.90 to Paris and $US779.90 to Rome.
In Denver, Rome will be the third nonstop Norwegian route and the first — and so far only — nonstop service from Denver International Airport to Italy. The carrier already flies to Paris and London.
The new Rome route will operate between March 31 and October 23 with three weekly flights starting at $US249.90 one-way in economy and $US999.90 in premium.
Norwegian says it now has more than 50 non-stop routes from the US to Europe, more than any other European airline.
It recently announced it was launching a US credit card, the Norwegian Reward Card.