Posted on: 27 August 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Norwegian has signed an agreement to acquire an additional two new Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which means the airline’s long-haul fleet will consist of nineteen Dreamliners by 2018.
The airline now has eleven 787-9 Dreamliners on order with Boeing. There are four scheduled to be delivered in 2016, five in 2017 and two in 2018. These two newly-ordered aircraft are due to enter service during the summer of 2017.
Larger than the eight 787-8s that Norwegian currently operates on its long-haul routes, the 787-9 has 344 seats, with 35 in premium and 309 in economy. It has an increased range in comparison to the 787-8 as well as a significantly larger cargo capacity.
“In order to make our long-haul operation even more competitive, we are dependent on more brand new cost-efficient aircraft,” remarked Norwegian’s CEO, Bjørn Kjos. “Our long-haul routes have been very popular among passengers and I´m very satisfied to have secured more Dreamliners. This will enable us to launch even more routes to exiting destinations all over the world. This is a fantastic airplane with high passenger comfort, long range and low fuel burn.”
The two new aircraft will be leased by Norwegian’s asset company, Arctic Aviation Assets.