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Norwegian buying 19 new Dreamliner aircrafts

Scandinavia’s second largest airline continues expansion on long-haul routes

Norwegian’s Thomas Hesthammer agrees to increase pilot numbers (photo: iStock)
October 22nd, 2015 5:43 pm| by Lucie Rychla

Norwegian has signed a deal for 19 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with purchase options for ten more.

It is the largest single order of the ultra modern aircraft by a European airline, and it worth in excess of 33.4 billion kroner.

Affordable long-haul flights
Norwegian opted to expand its fleet with the state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 that will allow the low-cost carrier to operate more long-haul routes.

“This order of 19 new Dreamliners is a major milestone and enables Norwegian to offer a wide range of new routes to travellers worldwide,” said Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian’s CEO.

“After two years of operating low-cost long-haul flights, our load factors have averaged over 90 percent, which proves the demand for affordable flights between Europe and the US and Europe and Asia.”

Fuel efficient
Boeing 787-9 has 344 seats and was designed to be 20 percent more fuel-efficient than the previous type 767.

With this new order, the carrier will expand its total 787 fleet to nearly 40 planes.