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Norwegian acquires two new, bigger Dreamliners

Press Release   •   Dec 18, 2013 06:00 GMT

Norwegian has signed an agreement to acquire two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Both aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016. The 787-9 is larger than the 787-8 that Norwegian currently operates on its long-haul routes.

Norwegian continues to expand its international operations by signing an agreement with MG Aviation to lease two new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. Both aircraft are scheduled to be in operation during the first quarter of 2016. Today, Norwegian has three 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft in its long-haul fleet, as well as five more on order. The company will have 10 long-haul aircraft in its fleet, where of four will be delivered in 2014, one in 2015 and two in 2016.

“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,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos.

The leasing company MG Aviation is based in New York and owned by Jordache Enterprises.

“We are proud to have Norwegian as our lessee of two aircraft in our growing portfolio. We were impressed with Norwegian´s strategy of designing their long-haul operations to take advantage of Boeing´s game changing 787-9 Dreamliner,” said Jordache Enterprises Chairman Joe Nakash.

Facts about Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner:

  • Accommodates up to 20 % more passengers than the 787-8 Dreamliner
  • 6 meters (20 feet) longer than the 787-8
  • Significantly lighter than the 787-8, making it even more efficient
  • Significantly increased cargo capacity compared to the 787-8
  • 8 % lower fuel consumption per seat than today’s model, which also means lower emissions
  • Can fly longer than the 787-8 (depending on cabin configuration)

Media Contact:
Norwegian’s Press Office, tel. + 47 454 56 012

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, commercially branded “Norwegian”, is a low-cost airline listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange. Norwegian is the second largest airline in Scandinavia and third largest low cost carrier in Europe. More than 20 million passengers fly on its network per year. Norwegian has a route portfolio that stretches across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East, as well as long-haul flights to the US and Southeast Asia. The company has a total of 413 routes to 125 destinations and employs approximately 3,500 people in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, UK, Spain and Thailand. The company has 275 undelivered aircraft on firm order. Norwegian was founded in 1993 and its headquarter is in Fornebu, Norway. In 2013, Norwegian was voted Europe’s best low-cost carrier of the year by the renowned SkyTrax World Airline Awards. Norwegian offers better leg room than most competitors, in-flight WiFi, world-class punctuality and a fleet of 80 aircraft with an average age of only 4.6 years.