Norwegian has joined the growing ranks of Boeing 737 MAX customers by announcing a firm order for 100 as well as 22 737-800s in a deal valued at $11.4 billion.
Not only does the deal represent Boeing’s largest-ever order from a European airline, it also makes Oslo-based Norwegian the first European carrier to finalize an order for the 737 MAX.
The order follows Southwest Airlines’ $19 billion order in December for 208 737s of which 150 were for the more advanced, CFM Leap-1B powered MAX variant. Initial deliveries to Southwest are set to begin in December 2017, although Boeing Commercial Airplanes president Jim Albaugh is challenging the company to bring forward development and deliveries.
To-date the 737 MAX has orders and commitments for more than 1,000 from 15 customers, while the Next Generation 737 family has now accumulated orders for more than 6,300 aircraft.
Norwegian joins American and Southwest amongst early customers for the MAX
Boeing says the order “supports Norwegian's plans to build on the success provided by its fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s for its rapidly expanding operations.” Norwegian is the third-largest low-cost airline in Europe, and currently operates more than 300 routes to destinations including North Africa and the Middle East.
The new aircraft contained in today’s order will join Norwegian current fleet of 62 aircraft 48 of which are 737-800s and 14 737-300s. Including today's announcement, Norwegian has 184 unfilled orders for Boeing aircraft including 100 737 MAX airplanes, 78 737-800s and six 787s from Boeing and leasing company partners.