Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, trading as Norwegian, is a low-cost carrier in Scandinavia. It offers a high-frequency domestic flight schedule within Scandinavia and to business destinations such as London, and a low-frequency service to international destinations. Norwegian intends starting long-haul operations in 2013.
Norwegian Air Shuttle was founded in 1993 to take over the regional airline services produced by Busy Bee for Braathens in Western Norway. Following the decision of SAS and Braathens to merge, NAS announced in 2002 that it was planning to start domestic scheduled services as a low-cost carrier on the most trafficked routes. From September 2002, the airline re-branded as Norwegian. Norwegian announced in 2007 that they had bought 100% of the Swedish low-cost airline FlyNordic, becoming the largest low-cost airline in Scandinavia. After the bankruptcy of competitor Sterling Airlines, Norwegian announced that they would open a new hub at Copenhagen Airport and service the most profitable routes.