Leasing company International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and Norwegian Air Shuttle celebrated several milestones on June 27 during a delivery ceremony for a new Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The aircraft is the first Boeing 787 delivered to ILFC and its lessee, Norwegian Air Shuttle, which will operate the aircraft. The 787 also is the 700th aircraft that Boeing has delivered to ILFC.
The delivery to ILFC builds on Boeing’s 40-year relationship with the Los Angeles-based leasing company. ILFC is the largest customer for the Boeing 787, with 74 Dreamliners on firm order.
“We’re proudly celebrating delivery of ILFC’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Norwegian, our launch customer for the aircraft,” said Henri Courpron, ILFC’s chief executive officer. “As the largest customer in the 787 program, we’re the industry’s leader in bringing the latesttechnology aircraft to the global leasing market.”
“Today marks a major milestone in Norwegian’s history,” said Bjørn Kjos, Norwegian’s chief executive officer. It’s with great pleasure we eventually take delivery of our first 787 Dreamliner.”
“Both our many customers and we at Norwegian have been looking forward to this for several months,” Kjos added. “I’m convinced that our customers will love flying this brand new aircraft with its many customer-friendly features. Our goal is to operate the most environmentally friendly and cost-efficient fleet, something to which the Dreamliner will significantly contribute.”
Norwegian currently has eight Boeing 787-8 jets on order through lease agreements and direct deliveries. The carrier will use the 787s to serve its new long-haul routes from Oslo and Stockholm to New York JFK (Norwegian operates to and from JFK Terminal 1) and Bangkok, which Norwegian inaugurated with leased Airbus A340-300s several weeks ago as a result of 787 delivery delays .
In November, the airline will begin operating the Boeing 787 to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport from Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen.
To date, the 787 has accumulated orders from 930 aircraft from 58 customers worldwide.