Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA trading as Norwegian, is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe, the second-largest airline in Scandinavia, and the ninth-largest airline in Europe in terms of passenger numbers. It offers a high-frequency domestic flight schedule within Scandinavia and to business destinations such as London, as well as to holiday destinations in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, transporting 17.7 million people in 2012. The company is headed by CEO and largest shareholder Bjørn Kjos, and the board is chaired by Bjørn H. Kise. The headoffice is at Fornebu.
As of September 2013, Norwegian operates 78 aircraft of which all are Boeing 737s, and is known for its distinctive livery of white with a red nose, with individual portraits of noteworthy Scandinavians on the tail fin. The airline has bases at Oslo (OSL), Copenhagen (CPH), Stockholm (ARN), Helsinki (HEL), London (LGW), Málaga (AGP), Las Palmas (LPA), Alicante (ALC), Bergen (BGO), Trondheim (TRD), Stavanger (SVG), Barcelona (BCN), Tenerife (TFS) and Madrid.
Norwegian launched its long-haul operation in May 2013. In line with the majority of Norwegian"s operations also the long-haul flights are operated by two fully owned subsidiaries. Norwegian Long Haul is a legally separate entity with two unique AOC but shares branding and commercial set up with the rest of the Group.
The ATW Airline Industry Achievement Awards are considered the Destinations in Oscars of the industry. In August 2008, SkyTrax named Norwegian the best low-cost carrier in Northern Europe and in April 2008, Norwegian was awarded a prize for being the best Norwegian company in terms of public reputation, and for having the best management of all companies in Norway.