Norway long-haul, low-cost – Update: Norwegian picks 787s

Further to my blog of a month ago about the low-cost, long-haul aspiration of Norwegian carriers - one of the prospective operators, Norwegian, has taken a further step in that direction by today disclosing it has signed a letter of intent with aircraft lessor International Lease Finance for a pair of Boeing 787s to operate long-haul flights. The two aircraft are due to join the fleet in 2012 and are being taken under 12-year leases. More details here. 

Norwegian is a Boeing-737 operating short-haul carrier that has previously floated the idea of beginning a long-haul operation, which it said would operate as an independent entity to the short-haul carrier. It indicated it envisaged acquiring up to 15 widebodies for the long-haul operation, which could begin in 2011. It has listed New York and Bangkok as being the most likely initial destinations..

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