Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA currently operates 81 jet aircraft, of which 68 are 737-800s, 10 are 737-300s and three 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 eight Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for its long-haul operation. The first three 787 Dreamliners will be delivered during 2013. Norwegian will take delivery of four more aircraft in 2014 and one in 2015.
Boeing 787-8 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.
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.
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.
Watch the video below to see how a Norwegian plane is assembled at the Boeing factory in Seattle: