Norwegians and Boeing fill the hatchery

A Boeing 737 MAX, piloted by American airline director Steve Dixon, is about to land in Seattle (northwestern United States) during a test flight on September 30.
During the test flight on September 30, the Boeing 737 MAX, piloted by Steve Dixon, head of the American airline, is about to land in Seattle (Northwestern United States) (STEPHEN BRASHEAR / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP / Archives)

The low-cost airline Norwegian Air Shuttle announced a big order from Boeing on Monday as part of a deal that will help end a long dispute with a U.S. aircraft manufacturer and bring its flagship 737 MAX back into orbit. did.

According to the agreement, Norwegians who survived extreme bankruptcy last year will order 50 medium-range 737 MAXs and add 30 more options to replace their current rental aircraft.

The order was part of “resolving our dispute” with Boeing, Gale Karlsen, general manager of the company, told the TV2Nyhetskanalen channel.

Karlsen mentioned “compensation for the 2 billion crown (€ 197 million, editor’s note),” which Boeing admitted was “buying the plane on favorable terms.”

According to him, the price paid is “much lower” than the price offered by European competitor Airbus after Norwegian sold the first 737 MAX a few years ago.

Norway and Boeing have been standoffs for several years. The first claimed compensation from the second on the setbacks that occurred on the long-range 787 Dreamliner as well as the 737 MAX.

Norwegian Low Cost announced in June 2020 that it had taken legal action against US manufacturers to obtain compensation.

In addition to allowing the proceedings to disappear, the new agreement will help revive Boeing’s flagship model, the 737 MAX. It has been grounded for 20 months after the two fatal accidents approached and is gradually resuming service from the end of 2020.

Following companies like Arajet and American Allegiant Air in the Caribbean, the 737 MAX also found Taker on British Airways’ parent company, the British airline IAG. I just ordered 50 copies with the option of another 100 aircraft.

Return to full ownership

The agreement with the Norwegians is subject to unspecified conditions and the airline hopes to be lifted by the end of June.

This shows that Norwegians will return to owning their own aircraft after being forced into financial difficulties to operate a rental aircraft.

Suffering from ambitious expansion, fleet technical problems, and the Covid-19 pandemic, the company barely avoided bankruptcy last year at the expense of a major restructuring. Cancel a large number of orders.

Fifty new medium-range aircraft will be delivered between 2025 and 2028, when the current aircraft leasing contract ends.

Therefore, unless the option is implemented, Norway’s air capacity will not increase beyond what has already been announced.

“Rather, it’s a sign of an airline becoming more normal, and it no longer lives solely on rental aircraft, but owns part of its fleet itself,” said Jacob, an analyst at Sidbank. Pedersen commented from

“For me, this proves that the Norwegians are resurrected as an airline,” he added.

The low cost, which currently operates 61 aircraft, will be increased to 70 this summer and 85 in the summer of 2023.

The Boeing 737 MAX8 claims on Monday that it is “about 14% more fuel efficient than previous generation planes,” which not only limits environmental costs a bit, but also energy prices, against the backdrop of rising fuel prices. increase. kerosene.