LONDON — ULCC carrier Norwegian has begun its Anglo-Asian expansion to Singapore and is deemed as its cheapest long-haul route to date, with airfares starting from £150. This is also the carrier’s first flight to Singapore as well.
The new 12-hour 45 minute flight from London Gatwick to Singapore Changi Airport is now the world’s longest route operated by a low-cost airline, covering 6,764 miles (10,885km) using brand new, state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. This flight will run four times per week.
Bjørn Kjos, CEO at Norwegian said:
“Today we brought a taste of Singapore to Gatwick to mark the expansion of our high-quality long-haul flights from the UK to Asia for the first time. I’m delighted to build upon our popular USA flights and give leisure and business customers more affordable access to Singapore and the Asia-Pacific like never before. The 787 Dreamliner has the range to allow us to expand our long-haul services to other parts of the world while keeping fares affordable for all. This is just the start of Norwegian’s UK expansion into new markets as we will continue connecting destinations where fares have been too high for too long.”
The new route will be operated under the carrier’s new UK subsidiary NUK (Norwegian UK) which will be launching flights to Buenos Aires from February 2018. NUK has also been given the approval to operate flights between Europe and the United States, which will encourage a lengthy expansion of low-cost long-haul operations by the subsidiary.
This flight will be the first of many long-haul services that easyJet customers can use to connect via short-haul connections as per the partnership, named “Worldwide by easyJet” where the two carriers have significant agreements together in terms of codesharing. These services will be operated by Gatwick-based UK pilots and flight attendants to and from the two destinations.
Commenting on the long-haul expansions from London Gatwick was their CEO Stewart Wingate who said:
“Norwegian has raised the bar by introducing the world’s longest low-cost long-haul route between Gatwick and Singapore. Singapore is one of the world’s premier destinations and is a significant addition to Gatwick’s 60-strong long-haul route network. Services in both directions are likely to be very popular, both for tourists and business travellers flying between two of the world’s top financial centres. It’s such an exciting time for Gatwick as airlines like Norwegian continue the low-cost long-haul revolution and I’m already looking forward to hearing about the next new destination.”