On June 29, 2017, Norwegian and Boeing celebrated the delivery of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. The airline is the first European carrier to receive this new aircraft type. Norwegian will use the MAX 8 on transatlantic flights to and from northern Europe and the east coast of the United States.
EI-FYA (MSN 42830) and EI-FYB (MSN 42826) flew direct from Boeing Field King County Int’l to Oslo Gardermoen Int’l under the callsigns IBK7M and IBK3L respectively. The two jets are part of Norwegian’s huge order for 110 MAX 8 aircraft.
Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian, said in the ceremony:
“We are the first European airline to operate this brand-new aircraft, and we’re also the first airline in the world to operate it to and from the United States. This aircraft allows us to open up new, unserved routes and offer both Americans and Europeans even more affordable transatlantic fares.
It will also provide our passengers with a quieter onboard experience, whilst it significantly reduces both fuel use and carbon dioxide emissions.”
The 737 MAX continues to increase efficiency with new technologies such as brand new CFM International LEAP-1B engines, new Advanced Technology winglets, and an updated flight deck with four 15 inch displays to decrease pilot workload.
Norwegian is the sixth largest low-cost carrier in the world and flies over 500 routes to six countries. Their fleet consists of over 100 737-800s, while long haul subsidiary Norwegian Long Haul operates a fleet consisting of 787-8 and -9 Dreamliner aircraft. There are still 19 outstanding orders for 19 787-9 Dreamliners.