Aircraft lessors do not oppose Norwegian Air's request for creditor protection

FILE PHOTO: Norwegian Air Sweden Boeing 737-800 plane SE-RRY approaches Riga International Airport in Riga, Latvia January 17, 2020. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Major aircraft lessors including Aercap and BOC Aviation, and Avolon on Monday told the Irish High Court that they do not oppose a petition for extended creditor protection by Norwegian Air and some of its subsidiaries.

Norwegian last month asked the court to begin a so-called examinership legal process as the carrier seeks to stave off collapse amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The lessors told a hearing on Monday that they were neutral on Norwegian’s petition.

Reporting by Conor Humphries in Dublin; Additional reporting by Terje Solsvik in Oslo; editing by Louise Heavens