Norwegian Air orders 122 Boeing 737s, 100 Airbus A320s

Michelle Dunlop Herald Writer

Norwegian Air has signed deals valued at $21.5 billion for 222 Boeing Co. and Airbus single-aisle aircraft, the carrier said Wednesday.

The carrier ordered 100 of Boeing’s new 737 MAX jets and 22 of Boeing’s existing 737 aircraft. Its Boeing’s largest order ever from a European airline, Boeing said.

The Boeing order is valued at $11.4 billion at list prices, though airlines negotiate discounts, especially on large orders like this one.

“This is a historic day for Norwegian – we have secured our fleet renewal for years to come and are very pleased with the agreement with Boeing,” Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian’s chief executive officer, said in a statement.

Norwegian also committed to buy 100 Airbus A320 new engine option, or A320neo, aircraft. That order has not been finalized. The order will be Norwegian’s first with Airbus.

“The A320neo will enable us increasing capacity while decreasing our operating costs,” Norwegian’s Kjos said.

Norwegian’s A320neo will feature a single class cabin layout, seating approximately 180 passengers, Airbus said in a press release.

Boeing launched its re-engined 737 in August and has received more than 1,000 orders and commitments since that time, the company said.

“Norwegian has become one of the largest 737 operators in Europe and has been a valued Boeing partner since the airline was established,” Aldo Basile, Boeing’s vice president of jet sales for Europe, said in a statement.

Norwegian operates a fleet of 62 Boeing 737s. Including its new order, the carrier has 184 aircraft on order with Boeing and leasing companies.