Norwegian orders two B787-9s

18 Dec 2013 by GrahamSmith

Norwegian has signed an agreement to lease two new B787-9 Dreamliners.

The Boeing aircraft will be delivered to the airline in the first quarter of 2016.

Norwegian currently has three B787-8 Dreamliners in its long-haul fleet and a further five on order, four of which will be delivered next year and the last in 2015.

Once the two B787-9s are with Norwegian in 2016, the airline will be operating ten Dreamliners.

Norwegian CEO Bjorn Kjos said: "In order to run a competitive long-haul operation, we are dependent on brand new cost-efficient aircraft. I'm very satisfied to have secured our first two 787-9 Dreamliners.

"This is a fantastic airplane with high passenger comfort, long range and low fuel burn."

Norwegian will lease the two B787-9s from New York-based MG Aviation.

The carrier will open a new base of operations in Barcelona in the spring that will enable it to launch four new routes and increase the frequency on its Gatwick service (see news, November 29).

Graham Smith

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