"Norwegian gains a significant competitive advantage by opening its long-haul routes with this airplane,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.
The delivery to ILFC builds on Boeing's 40-year relationship with the Los Angeles-based leasing company and largest 787 customer with 74 Dreamliners on order.
Norwegian Chief Executive Officer Bjorn Kjos said, "Both our many customers and we at Norwegian have been looking forward to this for several months.”
Norwegian currently has eight 787s on order through lease agreements and direct deliveries. The carrier will use the 787s to service its new long-haul routes from Oslo and Stockholm to New York and Bangkok. In November, the airline also will operate the 787 to Fort Lauderdale from Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
To date, the 787 has accumulated 930 orders from 58 customers worldwide.
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