Norwegian, one of the largest low cost airlines
in Europe, has firmed up its order for 100 A320neo aircraft with
The order makes Norwegian a new Airbus customer, and one
of the biggest A320neo customers.
Norwegian (the brand name of Norwegian Air
Shuttle AS) operates a network across Europe into North Africa and
the Middle East, and is rapidly expanding its low cost operations.
The new aircraft will feature a single class cabin layout, seating
approximately 180 passengers.
“We are very
pleased to be an Airbus customer and look forward to a close
cooperation with a world-leading aircraft manufacturer. This order
gives us an opportunity to secure and invest in the company's
future,” said Norwegian's CEO Bjørn Kjos. “Brand new,
fuel-efficient aircraft are necessary for us to continue to grow.
From an environmental perspective, we know that Airbus is
continuously working on measures to reduce emissions, making new
aircraft a win-win for both the environment, our passengers and
for us as a company.”
The A320neo is a new engine option for the A320 Family
entering into service from 2015 and incorporates latest generation engines and large
Sharklet wing tip devices, which
Airbus says will together
deliver 15% in fuel savings. The reduction in fuel burn is
equivalent to 1.4 million litres of fuel - the consumption of
1,000 mid size cars, saving 3,600 tonnes of C02 per aircraft per year. The A320neo NOx emissions are 50% below CAEP/6, and this
aircraft also has a considerably smaller noise footprint.
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