Dutch pilot Harold van Dam broke the record for quickest transatlantic flight by a subsonic aircraft while flying for budget airline Norwegian this week. Flying with a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner carrying 284 passengers, Van Dam flew from New York to London in 5 hours and 13 minutes, breaking the previous record of 5 hours and 16 minutes, Norwegian announced.
Budget airline Norwegian Air will be offering flights between Schiphol in Amsterdam and John F. Kennedy in New York four times a week from May next year, the airline announced in a press release. Ticket prices on this route will start at $199, according to the airline.
This is the first time that Norwegian Air is offering flights from Schiphol to the United States, according to ANP. This new destination will be competition for Air France-KLM's transatlantic flights.
Traveling to the United States by plane is getting cheaper and cheaper, according to figures from Skyscanner. Last year the average price for a return ticket from the Netherlands was 652 euros, 11 percent cheaper than the average of 734 euros such a ticket cost in 2015. Similar developments can be seen in flights to Canada, AD reports.
Ticket prices are also declining in the rest of the world, partly due to lower fuel prices. But at a decline of 3 percent, it is much less than the 11 percent fall in prices for tickets from the Netherlands to the United States and back.