Oslo - The Nordic carrier Norwegian has decided to lease additional aircraft and delay the sale of older aircraft models in its fleet due to the gap caused by immobilized Boeing 737 MAXs.
The low-cost operator will also use some of its Boeing 787s to compensate the routes that were served by Boeing 737 MAX jets. The airline currently has 18 737 MAX jets, which represents 11% of its fleet.
The operations of Boeing 737 MAX jets were suspended following a second deadly crash of the same type in Ethiopia.
“In addition to continuing combining flights and reallocating aircraft, the company has decided to delay potential sales of six Boeing 737-800 aircraft and use available 787 Dreamliner capacity on high-volume routes, which will add flexibility,” the airline said in a statement.
The company is now preparing to sign wet-lease agreements with charter operators to fill the capacity gap.
Earlier this month, Norwegian sent a letter to Boeing asking for compensation for the losses resulting from its grounded 737 MAX jets.