Norwegian takes 787 after details solved

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Norwegian took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 today, after a few "details" pushed the handover back by a day.

Executives from Norwegian and International Lease Finance (ILFC), which owns the aircraft (registration EI-LNA) and is leasing it to the Oslo-based carrier for 12 years, had hoped for the official handover to occur ahead of a planned delivery dinner on 27 June.

However, Boeing technicians were called in to take care of a few "details" that day, according to one of the technicians servicing the aircraft during the event.

At least five technicians were looking at the aircraft, including inside the forward electronics bay door.

The technician calls the aircraft a "living, breathing machine".

"It's a big day for us," says Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of Norwegian, at a media event in Seattle on 27 June. "It's a real milestone in our history."

Henri Courpron, chief executive of ILFC, adds: "We're proudly celebrating delivery of ILFC's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Norwegian. As the largest customer in the 787 programme, we're the industry's leader in bringing the latest technology aircraft to the global leasing market."

The delivery also marks ILFC's 700th Boeing aircraft.

Norwegian plans to fly the 787 to Oslo on 29 June before placing it in service on European routes in July. It is slated to begin flying intercontinental routes in August.

The airline has orders for seven more 787-8s, including four with ILFC and three of its own. ILFC has orders for 74 more 787s.