Norwegian deploys first 737 MAX 8s

Planes to fly to US from six airports in Europe
After a delay of nearly a month, Norwegian has taken delivery of its first two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, due to enter transatlantic service this month.
To be operated by Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International, the planes are equipped with CFM International Leap-1B engines. They are Boeing’s fifth and sixth MAX deliveries since Malindo Air took the first one in May.
“Today is an incredible milestone for us,” said chief executive Bjorn Kjos at the delivery ceremony. “The MAX 8 opens the door to a totally new concept for us.”
The delay was due to flaws in the low-pressure turbine rotor disc in some of the engines.
Norwegian will put the planes’ 3,515 nautical mile range to the test, debuting the aircraft on transatlantic flights to Hartford, Newburgh Stewart and Providence from six points in Europe – Bergen, Edinburgh, Cork, Dublin, Shannon and Belfast – in July.
“When we get the MAX, when we can fly it full and you don’t have any problems with the length of the runways, it’s going to be very interesting because you can fly it on very low fares,” Kjos said, calling it “a very cost-effective airplane”.
Over the weekend, Norwegian launched a series routes from three Irish airports as well as Belfast in Northern Ireland to the US East Coast airports, including the first transatlantic flight in Cork’s history.