Posted on: 26 May 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Norwegian has signed an agreement for the right to purchase three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, to follow a previous agreement to lease two 787s.
Norwegian has entered into an agreement involving the right to purchase three Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners, with two aircraft being delivered during the first half of 2013 and one aircraft in early 2015. Norwegian is negotiating for further aircraft of the type. All aircraft will be equipped with Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.
“Getting hold of an additional three Dreamliners imply that we have secured sufficient capacity for the launch of the long-haul operation. We will operate a fleet of at least four of the aircraft by summer 2013,” said Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian.
“The Dreamliner is the most cost efficient aircraft type of its size with considerably lower operating costs than competing aircraft types, making low-cost journeys to distant destinations a reality. A primary driver for [low-fare airlines] is fuel efficiency, which also makes the Dreamliner the most environmentally friendly option. The emissions are as much as 20% lower than comparable aircraft,” added Kjos.
As with the existing short-haul operation, Norwegian sasy it will offer low-fare, non-stop long-haul routes to avoid expensive and time consuming stopovers. The size of the Dreamliner is a perfect match for the Scandinavian market. Combined with longer range, higher speed and substantially lower operating costs, routes previously not feasible as a non-stop alternative from Scandinavia will be a reality with Norwegian’s 787 operation.
In November 2010, Norwegian entered into a leasing agreement with ILFC for two 787-8s for delivery during autumn 2012 and winter 2013.