Oslo - The low-cost operator Norwegian took delivery of its 100th and last 737-800 ordered directly from Boeing. From now on, every 737 that the company receives will be MAX 8, the reenginered variant of the 737 family.
Norwegian announced that it had received the last of 100 Boeing 737NG ordered from the American aircraft manufacturer. The aircraft registered LN-NIJ, left Boeing's Renton facilities for Oslo and landed at Oslo International Airport on Wednesday morning, February 21.
Today's delivery marks the end of an era for Norwegian,said founder and the CEO Bjorn Kjos in a statement.
Norwegian placed its initial order in August 2007.
We did it because it was a modern, reliable, fuel-efficient aircraft with low operational costs. From now on, the expansion of our fleet will continue with more environmentally friendly aircraft. We are preparing to take delivery of more than 100 Boeing 737 MAX over the next few years,added Bjorn Kjos.
In 2017, Norwegian took delivery of the first six 737 MAX 8 out of 110 ordered. These MAX 8s were used to launch transatlantic flights between the northeastern United States (Hartford, Providence, and Newburgh) and six European destinations (Belfast, Bergen, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Shannon).
After several months of operation, the company confirms its expectations were met. The 737 MAX 8 consumes 18% less fuel than the 737-800. Norwegian adds that the new 737 variant allows the Nordic carrier to lower its operating costs thanks to its fuel efficiency, passenger capacity, and range.
Norwegian expects 12 Boeing 737 MAX 8 in 2018. The operator plans to launch new medium-haul routes with these aircraft.
Next year, Norwegian will also welcome the Airbus A321LR, the main competitor of MAX series. Norwegian ordered thirty copies and will receive the first eight aircraft in 2019.