NEW YORK CITY (JUNE 27, 2018)– Norwegian, the World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline and Airline of the Year 2017, has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX-8 aircraft with an upgraded cabin of new slimline seats that are specifically designed for more comfort on longer routes and will give taller passengers even more personal space. The airline will also retrofit the existing fleet of six Boeing 737 MAX aircraft delivered last year.
The world's sixth largest low-cost airline has more than 100 Boeing 737 MAX on order and will take delivery of 12 brand-new MAX-8 aircraft in 2018. The aircraft operates Norwegian’s transatlantic routes from Stewart International Airport by Greater New York City and Providence’s T. F. Green International Airport, Rhode Island. Next year, Norwegian will bring the MAX service to Hamilton outside Toronto as it launches operation to Dublin on March 31, 2019.
The brand-new RECARO 3710 seat is introduced as Norwegian celebrated its first successful year of its MAX operations. The new, slimmer 189 leather seats have 30” seat pitch and measures 17.2” wide and are designed to add space at knee-level giving customers additional comfort on Norwegian’s newest 737 MAX.
Each seat weighs around 10kg - 1kg less than the older model, which reduces the weight of the aircraft by more than 200kg overall. The lower aircraft weight reduces fuel burn and Norwegian’s operating costs which allows the carrier to continue delivering affordable fares and an environmentally-friendly operation.
"More than 370,000 customers have flown Norwegian between the UK & Ireland and the US East Coast and now thousands more passengers can fly in slimmer seats that provide more space for the longer flights. The Boeing 737 MAX’s versatility can provide passengers with lower fares on direct transatlantic routes and shorter flights as we plan to replace older aircraft as we maintain a young, modern and fuel-efficient fleet,” said Thomas Ramdahl, Norwegian's Chief Commercial Officer.
“We are delighted and proud, that Norwegian is the first customer for our new BL3710 seat. The seat embodies RECARO’s high quality standards and design principles, while setting all new standards in economy class. With an ideal balance between lightweight design and comfort, RECARO supports the airline to offer their passengers enhanced living space and outstanding comfort,” said Dr. Mark Hiller, CEO and Shareholder of RECARO Aircraft Seating.
Norwegian was the airline in the world to operate the Boeing 737 MAX to the United States in 2017 when the airline launched its flights to from Northeast US to Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Norway.
Norwegian is the only foreign airline hiring American pilots. Pilot opportunities to fly the Boeing 737 MAX are currently available at www.careers.norwegian.com.
Norwegian is the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline and carried around 33 million passengers in 2017. The airline operates 500 routes to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, Middle East, Thailand, Caribbean, North and South America. Norwegian has a fleet of more than 150 aircraft, with an average age of 3.6 years, making it one of the world’s youngest fleets. Norwegian was named the Most Fuel-Efficient Airline on Transatlantic Routes by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT). Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s best low-cost carrier’ by passengers for five consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2017, along with being awarded the ‘World's best low-cost long-haul airline’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017. Norwegian employs over 9,500 people. The airline offers more than 60 nonstop routes from the U.S. to London, Paris, Barcelona, Rome, Madrid, Amsterdam, Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia and the Caribbean.