Low-cost carrier Norwegian is to take delivery of two leased Boeing Dreamliner aircraft in 2012, as part of its set up for future long-haul operations.

The aicraft will be leased from the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) for a period of twelve years. ILFC is one of the world’s largest aircraft lessors, and has ordered a total of 74 Dreamliners.

Norwegian has yet to announce specific details of the launch of its long-haul operations, but it is believed that New York and Bangkok are among likely initial routes. It is also understood that the long-haul routes will be run as low-cost operations.

Norwegian recently announced it will commence a London Gatwick-Helsinki route in May next year, adding to existing UK services including flights to Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen from both Gatwick and Edinburgh.

For more information visit norwegian.com.

Report by Mark Caswell