Norse Atlantic Airways, a new Norway-based airline, has received an air operator’s certificate (AOC) from the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority.

The airline company, which was founded in March this year, is set to operate its first transatlantic flights in spring next year. 

The initial flights will depart from Oslo to select places in the US. 

At present, it owns a fleet of 15 ‘modern, fuel-efficient and more environmentally friendly’ Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

These will fly to destinations such as New York, Florida, London, Paris, Oslo, and more.  

Norse CEO and founder Bjørn Tore Larsen said: “We would like to thank Norway’s Civil Aviation Authority for a constructive and professional process. We are now one important step closer to launching our attractive and affordable flights between Europe and the US in spring next year.”

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Civil Aviation Authorities of Norway director general Lars E. de Lange Kobberstad added: “We’ve had a good and constructive dialogue with Norse throughout the process of issuing a Norwegian AOC. We wish them the best of luck and look forward to a continued fruitful relationship going forward.”

The national aviation authority issues an AOC to an aircraft operator, thereby allowing it to deploy aircraft for commercial purposes.

To get an AOC, aircraft operators are required to have personnel, assets and systems in place for the safety of their employees, customers as well as the general public.

In October this year, Norwegian airport operator Avinor, in partnership with Kongsberg, unveiled new remote towers centre in Bodø, north of the Arctic Circle, Norway.