Bjorn Kjos, chief executive of Norwegian Air, in Seattle to pick up two Boeing 737 MAXs that will open up new transatlantic routes, also plans further expansion of 787 service from Seattle to Europe.
Norwegian Air Chief Executive Bjorn Kjos, in Seattle to pick up two Boeing 737 MAXs that will open up new transatlantic routes to the East Coast, also plans further expansion of 787 service from Seattle to Europe.
In an interview Wednesday, he said the low-cost carrier, which already is selling tickets for the 787 Seattle-London flights it will start Sept. 17, wants to add routes between Seattle and “the largest cities in Europe.”
Because of the “incredible growth” in Seattle, he’s “actively looking at possibilities,” Kjos said.
“Seattle is underserved to a lot of markets in Europe,” he said. “And it’s been expensive to fly to Seattle.”
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He said advance tickets for the London service have sold well. Norwegian’s round-trip fares on that route, when including additional fees for an in-flight meal and checked bags, start at $650.
Further European destinations out of Seattle couldn’t be added before late 2018, Kjos said, because he cannot take additional Boeing Dreamliners any faster.
Norwegian already is flying 17 of the 42 787s it has ordered either from Boeing or from airplane lessors. It will take a total of nine Dreamliners this year and 11 more next year.
That’s the maximum growth the airline can handle because of the number of pilots it needs to recruit and train.
New transatlantic MAX routes
Norwegian will fly its two new Boeing 737 MAX 8s to Oslo on Thursday. Their delivery was delayed for a few weeks by a quality problem discovered in a batch of the LEAP engines built by supplier CFM International.
That’s been sorted out, Kjos said, and he’ll take four more MAXs in the next few months. Altogether, Norwegian now has 110 MAXs on…