Norwegian Air Argentina – a subsidiary of Norwegian – made its maiden take-off on Tuesday (16 October) when its Boeing 737-800 flew from Buenos Aires’ Aeroparque Jorge Newbery to Cordoba Airport.
Routes from Buenos Aires to Mendoza will also start soon and services from the city to Iguazu and Neuquen will also start on 19 November and to Bariloche and Salta beginning on 3 December. All will be operated utilising Boeing 737-800s.
The airline plans to add three more Boeing 737-800s to its fleet by the end of 2018, eventually having a total of 10 to 15 aircraft by the end of 2019.
Argentina is the sixth domestic market for Norwegian and adds to those operate in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Spain.
The airline is set to further expand into South America as it plans on starting routes in Brazil sometime next year.
Speaking at a ceremony of the first flight, Norwegian Air Argentina’s chief executive officer, Ole Christian Melhus, said: “It is truly an honor to be part of this magnificent milestone for Norwegian in Argentina, which will contribute to increasing connectivity, stimulating tourism and creating thousands of new jobs in this country.”
“From today and for many years to come, we will see Norwegian’s aircraft with the iconic red nose flying the beautiful blue Argentine skies,” added Melhus.
Argentina’s Minister of Transportation said it was a “historic day” for Argentinean aviation enabling more people to fly, better connectivity and air travel “is on longer synonymous with privilege”.
In February this year, Norwegian started flights to Argentina (Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport) from London Gatwick Airport. (Pictured above)