Posted on: 20 June 2011 by Ross McSweeny
Boeing and Norwegian Air Shuttle (which operates simply as ‘Norwegian’) have announced an order for 15 737-800s to bring the total number of 737-800s Norwegian has ordered direct from Boeing to 78.
The carrier also has finalised its contract to purchase three Boeing 787 Dreamliners, an agreement the Oslo based operator announced in May, which brings the total number of Boeing 787s it will operate to five including two to be leased from ILFC.
“At Norwegian, we are committed to being progressive and thinking long term. This order gives us an opportunity to secure and invest in the company’s future. These new Boeing 737-800s will give us a tremendous competitive advantage, enabling us to reduce our overall costs even more,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjorn Kjos. “Brand new, fuel-efficient aircraft are necessary for us to continue to grow. In the long run, owning is more advantageous than leasing and as we begin to phase out our older aircraft, it is crucial we are able to purchase new aeroplanes. From an environmental perspective, we know that Boeing is continuously working on measures to reduce emissions, making new aircraft a win–win for both the environment, our passengers and for us as a company,” he added.