Scandinavian low-cost carrier Norwegian is to expand its long-haul fleet with the addition of two Boeing 787-9 extended range Dreamliners.
The leased aircraft are due to enter service in summer 2017 as the airline expands its long-haul network.
Norwegian currently operates eight 787-8 Dreamliners aircraft and has 11 787-9s on order.
The carrier aims to have 19 long-haul aircraft in its fleet by 2018, with four to be delivered next year, five in 2017 and two in 2018.
The 787-9 is 20ft longer than the 787-8 and claims 8% lower fuel consumption per seat.
The Norwegian aircraft will operate in a two class configuration with 35 in premium class and 309 in economy.
The new aircraft will be leased by Norwegian’s asset company, Arctic Aviation Assets.
The airline’s chief executive, Bjørn Kjos, said: “In order to make our long-haul operation even more competitive, we are dependent on more brand new cost-efficient aircraft.
“Our long-haul routes have been very popular and I´m very satisfied to have secured more Dreamliners.
“This will enable us to launch even more routes to exiting destinations all over the world. This is a fantastic airplane with high passenger comfort, long range and low fuel burn.”
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