MIAMI — Norwegian Air Shuttle has confirmed that it will take delivery of its first 737 MAX 8 on June 29th. The airline will receive the third 737 MAX, following Malindo Air, who received two examples in May. Their first MAX will honor Freddie Laker, the pioneer of long-haul low cost airline service.
Norwegian was originally expected to receive their first 737 MAX in late May, but a series of delays postponed the delivery.
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While the reasons for several of the delays have not been disclosed, the initial delivery date was postponed due to quality control issues found on the CFM International LEAP-1B engines earlier this month.
These issues halted the flights of its 737 MAX fleet during three days, slipping by one day the delivery to Malindo Air, which took place on May 19.
Norwegian’s inaugural 737 MAX flight was supposed to be on June 15th from Edinburgh to Stewart International Airport in New York (SWF). The inaugural and initial flights between Edinburgh and Stewart, originally planned to be operated by the MAX, are now being operated with a Boeing 737-800.
The ETOPS 737-800s is limited to a payload capacity of 150 passengers, below the 189 passenger capacity of the MAX. According to Norwegian, none of the initial flights have been booked over 150 passengers, so there’s no re-accommodation of passengers.
On Thursday, Airways joined Norwegian Air Shuttle to fly on the inaugural 737 transatlantic flight from Stewart International.
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Earlier this month, Norwegian released a statement that said “Boeing has informed us that the delivery of our first 737 MAX is postponed until the end of June. This will not affect our operation or our passengers, as the upcoming launch of transatlantic routes between the U.S. East Coast and Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Norway will be operated by another aircraft type.”
Boeing later issued its own statement: “On occasion, delivery processes runs into minor issues – whether for maintenance or other reasons. In this case, we and our customer decided to reschedule this delivery in order to resolve a minor technical issue. We fully expect to deliver later this month and look forward to the MAX entering revenue service with Norwegian.”
Norwegian plans to receive six 737 MAX 8 in 2017. Of these, four will be based in the U.S. and two in Europe.
Airways will be onboard the delivery flight of Norwegian’s first 737 MAX on Thursday June 29th. The flight departs Seattle’s Boeing Field for arrival early the morning of Friday the 30th in Oslo, Norway.