Norwegian airline startup Norse Atlantic has received approval from US authorities to operate flights to the United States, a "significant milestone" in its plan to launch flights this spring, the company said.
"The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) approved Norse Atlantic Airway's application for the operation of flights between Norway/The European Union and the United States," the company wrote in a statement.
Norwegian Air Operator's Certificate And First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Delivery
In December, the fledgling airline, also known as Norse, received its Norwegian air operator's certificate and took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
Norse plans to start commercial operations this spring, with the first flights connecting Oslo to select cities in the United States, it added.
It is planning routes from New York, Los Angeles and Florida to European destinations including London, Paris and Oslo.
Norse CEO Statement
"We believe that transatlantic travel will resume with full force once the pandemic is behind us," Norse CEO and founder Bjoern Tore Larsen said in the statement.
Seeking To Fill A Gap
Norse seeks to fill a gap left by the exit from long-distance services by Norwegian Air, which came close to collapse early in the COVID-19 pandemic and has since retrenched as part of a restructuring process.