Leased planes to be delivered in first quarter of 2016
Norwegian has signed an agreement to obtain two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Both will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016. The 787-9 is bigger than the 787-8, three of which the airline currently operates on its long-haul routes.
Norwegian signed the agreement with New York-based MG Aviation, for the lease of the two new 787-9s. Norwegian also has five 787-8s on order. This means the company will have 10 long-haul aircraft in its fleet, including four delivered in 2014, one in 2015 and now two in 2016.
“In order to run a competitive long-haul operation, we are dependent on brand new cost-efficient aircraft,” said Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos. “[The 787-9] is a fantastic airplane with high passenger comfort, long range and low fuel burn.”
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner accommodates up to 20% more passengers than the 787-8. It is six meters longer, significantly lighter, has more cargo capacity, and uses 8% lower fuel consumption per seat than the 787-8. And, depending on cabin configuration, it can fly longer.
[pictured: Dreamliner interior; courtesy Norwegian]