Norse Atlantic Airways debuts at Dulles International

With arcing sprays of water, a new airline and a new destination were welcomed at nearby Dulles International Airport. The first flight from Gatwick Airport in England on Norse Atlantic Airways landed Thursday at IAD — one of seven new routes debuting in less than 48 hours.

As The Burn reported earlier this year, Norse is a low-cost start up airline servicing Dulles to Gatwick and connecting elsewhere in Europe.

Other international flights launching in the first two days of June include Air Canada flights from IAD to Vancouver, WestJet flights to Calgary, and ITA Airways beginning non-stop service to Rome.

Domestically, American Airlines started new service from Reagan National to Cedar Rapids IA, Baton Rouge LA, and Madison WI. (Go Badgers!)

35 fans of the airport (yes, there are aviation hobbyists who love airplanes and airports) won seats to ride a mobile lounge out onto the tarmac and watch the arrival of the Norse Atlantic flight up-close.