Fleet

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA currently operates 97 jet aircraft, of which 81 are 737-800s, 9 are 737-300s and seven are 787-8 Dreamliners. The company has opted to modernize the fleet with state-of-the-art Boeing 737-800 aircraft. A total of 73 such aircraft will be delivered from 2008 to 2014.

The Boeing 737-800 is among the most environmentally friendly aircraft available, reducing per seat CO2 emissions by 23 % compared to the 737-300 and by as much as 33 % compared to the MD80. The new aircraft also improve operational reliability and on-time performance as well as reduce maintenance and other technical costs.

In January 2012, Norwegian placed an order with both Boeing and Airbus to purchase 222 aircraft - wherof 100 Boeing 737 MAX8, 22 Boeing 737-800 and 100 Airbus A320neo. The order is Europe's largest ever single aircraft order. When the airline's older 737-300s are phased out, it will have one of the most modern, efficient and environmentally friendly fleets in commercial operation.

Norwegian has also ordered 14 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for its long-haul operations. Three of these were delivered in 2013, while four will enter service in 2014; one in 2015; two in 2016; two in 2017 and two in 2018.

 

Type of plane Boeing 737-800 Boeing 737-300 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
Number of planes 81
9
7
Passengers 186/189 148 291 (32 in Premium Economy and 259 in Economy)
Crew per flight
Two pilotes, four cabin crew Two pilots, three cabin crew Varies according to route
Engines
General Electric/Snecma CFMI XFM56-7B26 General Electric/Snecma CFM-56-3 (Commersial Fan Moteur) Rolls-Royce trent 1000G
Maximum starting weight
78.999 kg 61.915 kg - 63.265 kg 227.930 kg
Length 39.5 metres 33.4 metres 57 metres
Wing span
35.8 metres w/winglet 28.91 metres 60 metres
Engine power
26,4 K = 26.400 Lbs
22 K = 22.000 Lbs
67 K = 67.000 Lbs
Speed
858 km/h 797 km/h 913 km/h

 

  

Boeing 787 Dreamliner

The 787 Dreamliner is a plane for the future, with high passenger comfort, low operating costs and reduced emissions. The aircraft is the most environmentally friendly option available, with 20 percent less emissions than comparable aircraft. In addition to its operational benefits, the 787 Dreamliner features a number of innovations that will benefit passengers, such as larger windows and a more silent cabin. In conventional planes, the pressure in the cabin is set to simulate an altitude of 2.400 metres.  The 787 Dreamliner is set at 1.800 metres, which in turn reduces typical "jet lag" symptoms such as headaches and muscle pain. Read more about the 787 Dreamliner here.

 

Boeing 737-800
The Boeing 737-800 aircraft serve all routes in Norwegian’s network, but are typically allocated to high-density routes and long routes to North Africa, The Canary Islands and Dubai due to the longer range and higher efficiency of the aircraft.

The Boeing 737-800 is a short to medium haul single-aisle aircraft that entered service in 1998 and is still in production. By the end of 2012 Nowegian will have it will have a unitary fleet of 63 such aircraft. Today's fleet have both a 189 and 186 seat configuration. Future deliveries will feature 186 Recaro seats that increase the passengers' overall legroom, Boeing SKY Interior and in-flight WiFi. All Boeing 737-800 have performance enhancing winglets installed.


Boeing 737-300
The Boeing 737-300 aircraft serve most of Norwegian’s network with the exception of flights to North Africa, The Canary Islands, Dubai and domestic flights in Sweden.

The Boeing 737-300 is a short to medium haul single-aisle aircraft that entered service in 1984 and went out of production in 1999. The majority of the -300 fleet has a 148 seat configuration. Four aircraft are retrofitted with performance enhancing winglets and have new Recaro seats that increase passenger legroom.

 

Click on the image below and see the video showing how a Norwegian plane is assembled at the Boeing factory in Seattle:


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