Norwegian to lease four 787-9s from ILFC

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Norwegian is to lease four Boeing 787-9s from ILFC.

Two of the aircraft will enter service in 2017 and the other two in 2018. Boeing lists the 787-9 as having capacity for 280 passengers, versus 242 for the -8.

Oslo-based low-cost Norwegian already has three -8s in service and now has 11 additional Dreamliners scheduled for delivery: five -8s and six -9s, including two covered by a deal with New York-based lessor MG Aviation.

Three of the -8s set to join the fleet will be leased from California-based ILFC. They will arrive this year. The other two – one to be handed over this year, the other next year – will be Norwegian-owned, Flightglobal Ascend Online database shows. The two being leased to the carrier by MG Aviation will enter service in the first quarter of 2016.

Two of the Dreamliners already in service with Norwegian were delivered under a lease deal with ILFC, and have since been acquired by DP Aircraft Ireland, a Guernsey-domiciled vehicle of Germany-based Dr Peters Group. The Ascend Online database lists DY7 Aviation Ireland as the owner of the third in-service 787.

Norwegian says it has an “extended partnership” with ILFC, which also owns 737s in the airline’s fleet.