Norwegian takes delivery of two 737 MAX 8s


European low-cost carrier Norwegian has taken delivery of two 737 MAX 8s from Boeing.

It has become the first European carrier to take delivery of the 737 MAX.

It plans to deploy the airplanes on transatlantic routes between northern Europe and the US East Coast.

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

"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 US.

"It is a tremendous honour that a brand as innovative as Norwegian will be the first European carrier to fly the 737 MAX."

“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 onboard experience, whilst it significantly reduces both fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions."

The Oslo-based carrier operates flights to over 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 12 787-8 and 787-9 Dreamliners.

Norwegian also has unfilled orders for 108 737 MAX 8s and 19 787-9s.

Boeing commercial airplanes president and CEO Kevin McAllister said: "The 737 MAX 8 is a significant addition to Norwegian's fleet, enabling the airline to start the next chapter in its incredible growth story of low-cost, long-haul travel.

"It is a tremendous honour that a brand as innovative as Norwegian will be the first European carrier to fly the 737 MAX, and we are certain that this airplane will play a key role in its continued success."

Besides offering performance, flexibility and efficiency in single-aisle market, 737 MAX comes with CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets, Boeing Sky Interior, and large flight deck displays.