The Oslo-based low-cost carrier, now Scandinavia's second largest airline, signed a letter of intent yesterday to lease two Boeing 787-8s from ILFC. The aircraft are expected to enter service on the carrier's planned long-haul operations from the autumn of 2012. Norwegian had previously indicated that it planned to launch long-haul services in 2011, with New York and Bangkok likely to be among the first destinations. Whether it will delay the launch of long-haul until the 787s are available or seek alternatives for interim lift in 2011 is as yet unclear. The two 787s are being taken on twelve year leases, and could be the first of up to eight from the US lessor. ILFC has 67 Boeing 787-8s and 7 787-9s on order, of which 48 are to be Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 powered,16 GEnx powered, while no engine selection has as yet been announced on the remaining 10. Norwegian currently leases three 737-800s and a single 737-300 from ILFC.
Wed, Nov 10 2010 9:58 AM
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