Low-cost carrier Norwegian has agreed provisional terms to acquire more Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. On February 6, the Oslo-based company said it had signed a Letter of Intent with Air Lease Corporation (ALC) in relation to six MAX 8s.
It is understood that these are in addition to the trio of MAX jets which Norwegian has already agreed to lease from ALC. Of these three earlier examples, one has already been delivered to the budget carrier.
Geir Karlsen, chief executive of Norwegian, hinted that this latest ALC deal was at least due in part to late deliveries from Boeing: “The addition of these modern and fuel-efficient aircraft fits well with our fleet strategy. It will also help counteract delays from Boeing for other aircraft that were due to be delivered to Norwegian this spring.”
The all-Boeing airline confirmed that the new narrowbodies are to be delivered “in short time” to Norwegian and ahead of the all-important summer 2023 season, with the final agreement remaining subject to closing conditions.
The announcement comes at a turbulent time for aviation within the Nordic nation. Just last week, low-cost start-up challenger Flyr filed for bankruptcy. This led to the immediate suspension of all revenue flights and has left hundreds of staff without jobs. Flyr management cited uncertainty within financial and aviation markets as one of the key reasons behind its collapse.