Low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle has awarded a fourth landing gear exchange contract covering an additional 15 Next-Generation 737 aircraft, making the airline Boeing's largest landing gear exchange customer.
Scheduled to begin in October 2013, the new landing gear exchange programme offers Norwegian Air Shuttle a service plan running until 2027.
Dale Wilkinson, Boeing commercial airplanes material services organisation vice president, said that the landing gear exchange programme would allow the company's airline customers to focus on providing enhanced serving for their passengers.
"Providing engineering and inventory support for such a high-cost asset is one way we give our customers the 'Boeing edge," Wilkinson added.
According to Boeing, landing gears must be repaired and renewed every ten years, or following the completion of 18,000 cycles.
During the landing gear exchange programme, Boeing will offer complete overhauled and certified landing gear shipsets, providing clients a cost-saving option.
Around 78 customers worldwide are currently receiving service and support from Boeing's material services organisation under the landing gear exchange programme.
Boeing received Norwegian's order for 100 fuel-efficient 737 MAX airplanes and 22 Next-Generation 737-800s worth $11.4bn at list prices, which was claimed to be the largest ever Boeing order from an European airline.
The airline is also planning to begin a low-cost, long-haul operation with Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which will be maintained as part of Boeing's GoldCare agreement that was signed in March.
Norwegian Air Shuttle currently has operations on 300 routes across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East regions.
Images: Norwegian Air Shuttle's Boeing 737-800 aircraft. Photo: courtesy of Boeing.