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Norwegian Air starts low-cost flights from U.S. to Europe

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Budget airline Norwegian Air completed the first of 12 trans-Atlantic Boeing 737 flights as part of its plan to expand low-cost air travel between the United States and Europe.

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The flight from Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. landed in Edinburgh, Scotland on Friday and will be followed by two more flights from Providence, R.I and Hartford, Conn. this weekend.

"Four years ago, Norwegian's low-cost long-haul flights revolutionized transatlantic travel, and we are pleased to pave the way once more with our long-anticipated service from three new U.S. cities – Newburgh, Providence and Hartford – to Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Norway," Norwegian's chief commercial officer, Thomas Ramdahl, said in a statement.

"We are fully committed to our promise to bring American travelers more affordable fares and to create even more American jobs"

One-way tickets on the new routes have been as cheap as $65.

Norwegian's long-term plans include flights between places like Scotland and cities on the U.S. West Coast like Los Angeles, San Francisco -- and cities between the coasts, such as Memphis.

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