MIAMI — Norwegian Air Shuttle is adding two flights per week from Europe to Orlando, with new nonstop service from Copenhagen and London Gatwick. Norwegian will launch service from Copenhagen on March 30, 2015, with London Gatwick flights beginning April 4, 2015. Both flights will be operated by Boeing 787-8 aircraft seating 291 passengers in a two-class configuration ( 32Y+ / 259Y ). Flight schedules for the new route are as follow:
DY 7055 ~~ CPH – MCO ~~ D: 1715 A: 2100 ~~ 1
DY 7056 ~~ MCO – CPH ~~ D: 2300 A: 1410+1 ~~ 1
DY 7057 ~~ LGW – MCO ~~ D: 1550 A: 2000 ~~ 6
DY 7058 ~~ MCO – LGW ~~ D: 2200 A: 1115+1 ~~ 6
After launching service last year, Norwegian has steadily grown its US operations. The carrier now offers 41 flights per week on sixteen city pairs between the United States and Scandinavia (as well as London Gatwick), and would likely offer more if not for the controversy surrounding its Norwegian Air International (NAI) scheme. However, these flights appear to be operated by Norwegian Long Haul, the more benign long haul subsidiary based in Norway, so they should not be held up by the legal challenges holding NAI back.
Norwegian’s London Gatwick operation is fast-growing, with the carrier currently scheduled to operate 74 flights per week to 32 destinations. While Norwegian will have a monopoly on nonstop service to Orlando from Copenhagen (and on its existing service to Oslo), at London Gatwick it will have to contend with competition from British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Thomas Cook, Thomson Airways, and Monarch Airways (who serve Orlando Sanford as a scheduled charter).