Bjorn Kjos, the CEO of Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian), stated during the Skift Global Forum in London that the airline will establish a new venture in Argentina with a fleet of 10 Boeing 737s by the end of 2017.
According to Bloomberg, Norwegian has applied for an air operation certificate (AOC) from the Argentinian authorities and expects to serve domestic flights within the country of Tango.
The new airline will be based in Buenos Aires and linked up with Norwegian‘s trans-Atlantic flights from such European cities as London, Paris, Barcelona, Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm.
“We have delivered the papers and we have also applied for the routes, Kjos said during the Forum on the 4th of April 2017. “We’re looking to serve a lot of cities domestically, but it depends on the concessions.”
While it is applying for an AOC in Argentina, the airline also mulls to expand its wings wider to Asia and considers establishing a second hub in Asia after Bangkok.
Previously, the airline announced that it will start 10 new trans-Atlantic routes connecting Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland with second-tier US airports on new B737 MAXs. The new routes will be launched this summer.
In February 2017, the company took delivery of three Boeing 737-800s and this year it will take delivery of 9 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, 17 Boeing 737-800 and 6 Boeing 737 MAX planes.
The airline now operates a fleet of 123 aircraft and serves 450 routes to 150 destinations in 36 countries.