All-Boeing operator Norwegian in talks with Airbus for newer generation narrowbody jets

OSLO, NORWAYTop managers of Norwegian Air Shuttle, which operates an all-Boeing fleet, met with the sales representatives from Airbus this week.



Norwegian currently operates around 50 Boeing 737 aircraft and will lease up to 13 more 737-800 NG aircraft ahead of the 2022 European summer season.

However, Norwegian confirmed that some of the planned 737 NG aircraft could be replaced by newer generation narrowbody jets either from Boeing or Airbus.

“I can confirm that there has been a recent dialogue between Airbus and representatives of Norwegian’s corporate management,” the spokesperson for the airline said on Wednesday while declining to elaborate.

Norwegian emerged from government-backed bankruptcy proceedings in May last year but is still locked in a dispute with Boeing over the cancellation of orders for 97 aircraft, which is to be decided in U.S. courts.

A deal with Airbus would not be Norwegian's first, however. It signed an agreement in 2012 to buy 100 jets with options for a further 50 but only took delivery of a fraction of the order before it was forced to restructure.

The planes were leased to other carriers and the Airbus contract terminated here as part of the restructuring.

Via Reuters
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