Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA hopes to sell one-way tickets to Europe for $69 as early as 2017 by flying from U.S. airports that have low fees, Chief Executive Officer Bjørn Kjos said in an interview.
Norwegian has 100 737 MAX jets from Boeing on order and expects to receive five in 2017.
Boeing has said the 737 Max jets could be ready for delivery as early as March 2017.
The 737 max 8 will have a range of a little over 4000 miles.
According to Norwegian Air chief commercial officer Thomas Ramdahl, his airline is awaiting Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplanes to begin offering $69 trans-Atlantic flights.
Ramdahl told Business Insider that his airline plans to make an announcement around November or December of this year with firm details of the $69 fares.
“I can promise you that you will see trans-Atlantic flights on the 737Max next year,” Ramdahl told us in an interview last week. “And that’s when you will see the $69 fares.”
The 737 MAX 8 features new fuel-efficient CFM LEAP-1B engines, upgraded avionics, and aerodynamics. As as result, the new jet offers airlines the range and performance to operate trans-Atlantic service with the lower cost of a narrow-body jet.
the Boeing Co. is talking up ideas with potential customers that could include stretching the fuselage of the coming 737 MAX 9.
The stretched MAX, the so-called MAX 10 — which would also include some engine upgrades — would reportedly be ready as early as 2020.
The other option would involve larger CFM Leap-1A engines and could enter the market in 2022.
Boeing is slated to deliver its first 737 MAX, one of the smaller Dash 8 models, to Southwest Airlines next year.
Personal Norwegian Experience
I have personally flown Norwegian three times on round trips.
During off season prices from Oakland to Stockholm can be about $500 round trip.
There is Vegas to Oslo flights in Nov as little as $300 round trip. Buying the tickets direct or with a discounter, the meals and checked bags are all extra (except the carry on bag). Picking the seat is extra. So we did not pick the seat and checked only one bag. Meal price comparable to price at a european airport. It is possible to bring sandwiches and snacks on board.
The Dreamliner is fantastic. With air pressure and humidity like you are at a lower altitude than other planes. I felt less jet lag.
Jumbo and other large jets are not giving you more space in most cases.
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