Norwegian Air Shuttle Boeing 787-9
Norwegian Air Shuttle has inked an accord with International Lease Finance Corp. (ILFC) to lease four Boeing 787-9s.
The carrier currently has three 787-8s in its fleet with five more -8s on firm order. It has also two 787-9s on order for delivery in the 2016 first quarter. The 787-9s it will lease from ILFC will be delivered in 2017 and 2018. All told, Norwegian is now slated to have 14 Dreamliners in its fleet by the end of 2018.
“In order to run a competitive long-haul operation, we are dependent on brand new, cost-efficient aircraft,” Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said in a statement. “I’m very satisfied to have secured an additional four 787-9 Dreamliners.”
Norwegian has faced a series of glitches and teething troubles with its 787s, the first of which was delivered in June 2013, and Boeing has dispatched maintenance personnel to help improve the efficiency of the carrier's 787-8s.
Norwegian noted the 787-9 will seat up to 20% more passengers than the 787-8.