Norse Atlantic attracts charter interest after Antarctica flight

Norse Atlantic Airways entered the winter season in November by expanding charter operations. 

The long-haul low cost carrier, with a fleet of 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners, completed one charter to Antarctica and four ACMI [aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance] leases. 

The airline has since started it first services from Gatwick to Barbados and Jamaica.

November saw an average load factor of 61%, representing an increase of 11 percentage points year-on-year. 

Norse Atlantic flew 48,839 passengers across 242 flights, with 84% arriving within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival time.

Founder and chief executive Bjorn Tore Larsen said: “The month of November represents the full transition to our winter schedule as we reduced the number of operated flights in line with demand and transitioned to focusing on charter and ACMI opportunities while continuing to maintain our industry leading 100% completion rate.

“I am especially proud that Norse Atlantic was chartered by the Norwegian Polar Institute to operate a flight to Antarctica to transport scientists and equipment to this remote and challenging part of the world. 

“This historic flight, that was reported on by media from across the globe, represented a milestone for Norse Atlantic as we successfully landed the first Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the Antarctic ice shelf. 

“We have subsequently received a large volume of diverse charter enquiries from operators looking to utilise both our experienced crew and our modern fleet.”

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