Norwegian bets on low-cost, long-haul with 787

Norwegian took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8, registration EI-LNA, today – a day after celebrating the deal with International Lease Finance (ILFC) and Boeing executives in Seattle.


Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of the Oslo-based carrier, says that he anticipates success on its new long-haul routes to Bangkok and New York as a result of the aircraft. He says the 787 is the only aircraft that makes such operations economically feasible, citing its low per passenger operating costs, fuel burn and ability to fly up 18 hours per day.

Kjos adds that the same cost structure is possible with aircraft like the Airbus A330, Airbus A340 or Boeing 777.

“For me, it’s all cost, cost, cost,” he says.

Norwegian will use the aircraft on flights between Oslo and Stockholm, and both Bangkok and New York from August, and between Copenhagen and Stockholm and Fort Lauderdale from November.

The carrier has operated wet leased Airbus A340-300s on the Bangkok and New York routes since May. It is leasing its first 787 from ILFC.



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