July 3 Budget airline Norwegian Air
wants to add more Boeing planes to its fleet as it looks
to expand its international services, the Wall Street Journal
reported the airline's chief executive as saying on Thursday.
Norwegian Air, which is principally a short-haul discount
carrier, is looking to buy more than 20 787-9 Dreamliner
long-haul planes for delivery after 2018, Chief Executive Bjoern
Kjos told the paper in an interview. (on.wsj.com/1qTu7WG)
Reuters reported in April that a delay in receiving U.S.
backing for its long-haul plans had forced Norwegian Air to
suspend talks to buy the 20 Dreamliners.
The additional Dreamliners would accommodate the airline's
growth plans until 2022, the Journal quoted Jos as saying.
Norwegian Air and Boeing could not immediately be reached
In the interview at London's Gatwick airport, the CEO told
the Journal that Gatwick would be a key part of its plans, with
the carrier hoping to tap into a large network of passengers on
discount short-haul airlines for its transatlantic and Asian
Norwegian Air is the third-biggest budget airline by
passenger numbers in Europe, trailing Ryanair and
(Reporting by Esha Vaish in Bangalore; Editing by Peter