Boeing, Norwegian Finalize Order for 19 787-9 Dreamliners
Friday, 23 October 2015
In 2014 the airline carried nearly 24 million passengers, Norwegian has more than 150 unfilled orders from Boeing, including 100 737 MAXs, and over 100 orders from Airbus for the Airbus A320neo aircraft
OSLO, Norway, Boeing (NYSE: BA) and the Norwegian, Oslo based low cost carrier have finalized an order for 19 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft valued at more than $5 billion at current list prices.
The order also includes options for 10 more 787-9 aircraft, as the carrier looks to significantly grow its existing long-haul fleet into the next decade. It is the largest single order for 787-9 aircraft from a European airline.
Norwegian currently operates eight 787-8 aircraft and has previously ordered 11 787-9 aircraft through lease agreements. With today's order, the carrier, will expand its total 787 fleet to nearly 40 aircraf tin the coming years.
Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian's chief executive officer, said: "This order of 19 new Dreamliners is a major milestone and enables Norwegian to offer a wide range of new routes to consumers worldwide. The order is also essential to further strengthening the company in the global competition."
"After two years of operating low-cost long-haul flights, our load factors have averaged in the nineties, which proves the demand for affordable flights between Europe and the US and Europe and Asia. Future growth and competitiveness in the long-haul market depends on the fuel-efficient, state-of-the art 787 Dreamliner. Not least, the Dreamliner offers the best passenger experience."
The Boeing 787-9 aircraft complements and extends the 787 family. With the fuselage stretched by 6 meters (20 feet) over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly up to 20 percent more passengers and 23 percent more cargo farther.
Todd Nelp, vice president of European Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes, added: ""Norwegian has led the way in utilizing the exceptional performance of the 787 to develop a successful low-cost long-haul operation.
"The addition of 787-9s to the Norwegian fleet will enable it to grow its route structure, while providing more range and capacity with outstanding passenger comfort."
Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA (OSE: NAS), trading as Norwegian, is the third largest low-cost carrier in Europe, the second-largest airline in Scandinavia, and the ninth-largest airline in Europe in terms of passenger numbers.
Norwegian serves more than 130 destinations across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the USA and Southeast Asia, with a fleet that includes 90 Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft and eight 787-8 aircraft.