Norwegian welcomes first two Boeing 737 MAX 8s to fleet

Norwegian welcomes first two Boeing 737 MAX 8s to fleet

Boeing and Norwegian have celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first two 737 MAX 8s.

Norwegian is the first European carrier to take delivery of the 737 MAX and will deploy the airplanes on transatlantic flights between northern Europe and the east coast of the United States.

“We have been eagerly awaiting the delivery of our Boeing 737 MAX, and we are overjoyed to have it join our fleet today,” said Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian chief executive.

“We are the first European airline to operate this brand-new aircraft, and we’re also the first airline in the world to operate it to and from the United States.

“This aircraft allows us to open up new, unserved routes and offer both Americans and Europeans even more affordable transatlantic fares.

“It will also provide our passengers with a quieter on-board experience, whilst it significantly reduces both fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions.”

Norwegian is the sixth largest low-cost carrier in the world and flies over 500 routes to more than 150 destinations in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Thailand, the Caribbean and the US.

It currently operates a fleet of more than 100 Next-Generation 737-800s and over a dozen 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners.

The Oslo-headquartered carrier also has unfilled orders for 108 737 MAX 8s and 19 787-9s.

The 737 MAX family has been designed to offer customers exceptional performance, flexibility and efficiency, with lower per-seat costs and an extended range that will open up new destinations in the single-aisle market.