Boarding Notes: Norwegian Orders 122 737s, American Takes Over Miami-Barcelona Flight

Boeing receives record order from Norwegian

Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Norwegian have announced a firm order for 100 fuel-efficient 737 MAX airplanes and 22 Next-Generation 737-800s. The total order is valued at $11.4 billion at list prices and represents the largest-ever Boeing order from a European airline.

Oslo-based Norwegian is the first European carrier to finalize an order for the 737 MAX. The order supports Norwegian’s plans to build on the success provided by its fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s for its rapidly expanding operations.

“Norwegian has become one of the largest 737 operators in Europe and has been a valued Boeing partner since the airline was established,” said Aldo Basile, Boeing Commercial Airplanes vice president Sales, Europe. “Since it began operating in 2002, Norwegian has achieved tremendous success with its low-cost model, providing significant value to both its passengers and shareholders.”

“This is a historic day for Norwegian – we have secured our fleet renewal for years to come and are very pleased with the agreement with Boeing,” said Norwegian’s CEO Bjorn Kjos. “Boeing has played a major part in our strategy to develop a cost efficient and environmentally friendly operation with high customer satisfaction. We are very happy to continue our valuable cooperation and we are proud to be the first 737 MAX customer in Europe.”

“The 737 MAX will deliver fuel savings better than any competing single-aisle airplane on the market,” said Basile. “We’re really pleased to provide this great performance to Norwegian. Improved financial performance and improved environmental performance go hand-in-hand as fuel burn is lowered.”

The 737 MAX is the new-engine variant of the world’s best-selling airplane and builds on the strengths of today’s Next-Generation 737. The airplane will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines which will reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions by an additional 10-12 percent over today’s most fuel-efficient single-aisle airplane. The 737 MAX will have the lowest operating costs in the single-aisle segment with a 7 percent advantage per seat over tomorrow’s competition.

This order continues the momentum for the 737 MAX. With the Norwegian order, the 737 MAX has orders and commitments for more than 1,000 airplanes from 15 customers and the Next-Generation 737 family has orders for more than 6,300 airplanes.

Norwegian currently operates a fleet of 62 airplanes: 48 Next-Generation 737-800s and 14 737-300s. Including today’s announcement, Norwegian has 184 unfilled orders for Boeing airplanes including: 100 737 MAX airplanes, 78 Next-Generation 737-800s and six 787 Dreamliners from Boeing and leasing company partners.

Carrying nearly 16 million passengers in 2011, Norwegian is the third-largest low-cost airline in Europe. Norwegian currently operates more than 300 routes across Europe into North Africa and the Middle East and employs approximately 2,500 people.  The company was listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange in 2003.

American Airlines takes over Miami – Barcelona

MIAMI – American Airlines, a member of the oneworld® alliance and trans-Atlantic joint business partner with Iberia and British Airways, will expand its operations at Miami International Airport (MIA) with the launch of Miami – Barcelona (BCN) service on April 3, 2012. The flight will operate five times a week until June 14 when it will operate daily.

As part of a joint business reorganization of flights, Iberia will increase its Miami to Madrid service as it grows its presence at Madrid’s Barajas Airport (MAD). Effective March 25 Iberia will add a second MIA-MAD flight four times per week. American will continue to operate one daily MIA-MAD flight.

American’s new route connects its Miami hub to Barcelona’s El Prat International Airport. Barcelona is one of Europe’s top tourist destinations, as well as a city with a thriving business community.  The new flight will complement American’s existing service from JFK in New York.

Barcelona will be the 111th destination served by American and its regional carrier American Eagle from MIA. The flights will be operated with Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats including 30 Business Class seats and 195 seats in the Main Cabin. American’s Business Class is designed to give customers more comfort, flexibility and privacy. Fully-motorized lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration offer a personal inflight entertainment device with audio and video on demand, state-of-the-art cabin lighting and sleek, ergonomically-designed overhead bins, all enhancing the travel experience for the business customer.

Frequent flyers can also benefit from American’s reciprocal agreement with Iberia on this new service by earning and redeeming miles in addition to upgrade opportunities and access to joint promotions.

“The addition of Barcelona further underscores the importance of our Miami hub and our commitment to its growth,” said Peter Dolara, American’s Senior Vice President based in Miami. “Barcelona and Miami are both important tourism and business destinations as well cruise ports. This flight will further expand South Florida’s historical ties to Spain and will complement our service to Madrid as well as Iberia’s increased service to Spain’s capital city.”

Schedule for American’s new route are as follows:

 

From To Flight # Departs Arrives Frequency
Miami Barcelona AA112 6:05 pm 9:30 am Tues,Thurs,
(MIA) (BCN) (nonstop)   (next day) Fri., Sat., Sun.**
Barcelona Miami AA113* 11:30 am 3:45 pm Mon., Wed., Fri,
(BCN) (MIA (nonstop)     Sat., Sun.**

* Effective April 4, 2012

**Flight will operate daily beginning on June 14

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