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Norwegian wins major contract with the Norwegian Armed Forces

Norwegian wins new major contract with the Norwegian Armed Forces for domestic and international travel. The contract will take effect as of January 2012 and is valid for three years. The Armed Forces is Norwegian's single largest customer today and the Defence Contract is the largest contract airlines compete for in Norway. Norwegian won on all criteria: price, environment and quality of delivery.

Norwegian won the contract in competition with SAS.The agreement takes effect on 31 January 2012 and is valid for three years with an option for another year.

-It means a lot to us that our customers are satisfied with our product. There is no reason to conceal that the Armed Forces is a large and important customer for us with its approximately 300 000 trips per year. We take the new agreement with the Armed Forces as a sign that we have lived up to their expectations, which we will work hard to do going forward as well. We know that they have reduced their travel costs with a three-digit million figure after they started to fly with us, said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.

Lars Sande, Head of Sales, Norwegian + 47 911 79 152
Norwegian press department +47 815 11 816


Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian,” is a public low-cost airline noted on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The company is the second largest airline in Scandinavia, and has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East. With competitive prices and customer friendly solutions and service, the company has experienced significant growth over the previous years. With more than 13 million passengers in 2010, Norwegian is the 3rd largest low-cost airline in Europe. Norwegian currently operates 59 aircraft on 261 routes to 100 destinations and employs approximately 2 500 people.


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The Norwegian group is a leading Nordic aviation company, headquartered at Fornebu outside Oslo, Norway. The company has over 8,200 employees and owns two of the prominent airlines in the Nordics: Norwegian Air Shuttle and Widerøe’s Flyveselskap. Widerøe was acquired by Norwegian in 2024, aiming to facilitate seamless air travel across the two airline’s networks.

Norwegian Air Shuttle, the largest Norwegian airline with around 4,700 employees, operates an extensive route network connecting Nordic countries to key European destinations. In 2023, Norwegian carried over 20 million passengers and maintained a fleet of 87 Boeing 737-800 and 737 MAX 8 aircraft.

Widerøe’s Flyveselskap, Norway’s oldest airline, is Scandinavia’s largest regional carrier. The airline has more than 3,500 employees. Mainly operating the short-runway airports in rural Norway, Widerøe operates several state contract routes (PSO routes) in addition to its own commercial network. In 2023, the airline had 3.3 million passengers and a fleet of 48 aircraft, including 45 Bombardier Dash 8’s and three Embraer E190-E2's. Widerøe Ground Handling provides ground handling services at 41 Norwegian airports.

The Norwegian group has sustainability as a key priority and has committed to significantly reducing carbon emissions from its operations. Among numerous initiatives, the most noteworthy is the investment in production and use of fossil-free aviation fuel (SAF). Norwegian strives to become the sustainable choice for its passengers, actively contributing to the transformation of the aviation industry.