and Oslo-based low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle
have signed an order for 42 Next-Generation 737s airplanes
with 42 additional purchase rights, which makes it the
largest order from a European carrier in 2007, for the
aircraft that was designed to cut carbon emissions and
reduce fuel costs.
the introduction of this aircraft, Norwegian says that
fuel consumption would be cut by up to 33 per cent and
nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 43 per cent compared
with the oldest planes in its current fleet. The airline
has a much smaller operation than its main rival, the
Scandinavian carrier SAS.
This order is the largest ever from any Scandinavian carrier
and is the largest European order this year for the 737.
This direct purchase comes on top of Norwegian''s recent
decision to add 11 Boeing 737-800s to its fleet through
lease agreements. All of the 737-800s, including those
on lease, will be fitted with advanced-technology blended
winglets, which reduce aerodynamic drag and therefore
reduce fuel consumption and related carbon emissions by
3 to 5 percent.
selected the Next-Generation 737 to form the foundation
of its fleet as it expands its route network throughout
Europe. With its recent acquisition of Stockholm-based
FlyNordic, Norwegian now ranks as Europe''s fourth largest
low-cost carrier as measured by 2006 passenger traffic.
The carrier said the new 737s will help establish it as
a preferred low-cost option far beyond its home base of
new airplanes will strengthen Norwegian''s competitive
position in the Norwegian, Nordic and European aviation
markets," said Bjørn Kjos, CEO of Norwegian
Air Shuttle ASA. "Also, the airplanes are significantly
more environmentally friendly than the ones we use today.
These airplanes will reduce Norwegian''s CO2 emissions
and bring down fuel costs, while noise levels are considerably
lower than for other airplanes."
a typical Norwegian Air Shuttle 820 nautical-mile mission,
the 737-800 with blended winglets burns 22 per cent less
fuel and produces 22 per cent less CO2 per passenger than
the Classic 737-300 currently operated by Norwegian.
Next-Generation 737''s reliability, passenger appeal, low-cost
operations and lower maintenance costs have helped keep
the 737 the preferred airplane for low-fare airlines.
Its versatility will allow Norwegian to operate it very
economically on both its short-haul and long-haul routes,"
said Marlin Dailey, vice president of Sales, Europe, Russia
& Central Asia, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "The
737 works hard to make more money for its owners. Taking
the fuel-efficient Blended Winglets as an option also
demonstrates Norwegian''s commitment to improving fuel
efficiency and reducing environmental impact, a commitment
that Boeing shares."
routinely seeks environmental improvements throughout
its product development process. In the case of the Next-Generation
737, improved aerodynamics, a lighter airframe, and a
lighter and more powerful engine produced by the French-American
partnership CFMI, have led to major environmental gains
compared to previous models. More than 75 percent of Boeing''s
research and development investment will benefit environmental
says it has an over 1,700 order bank for the next-generation
737 worth more than $120 billion at current list prices.