WEST CHESTER, Ohio — 25 January 2012 — Norwegian today became the first European customer for the advanced LEAP-1B-powered Boeing 737 MAX with an order for 100 airplanes. In addition, the airline ordered 22 additional CFM56-7BE-powered Next-Generation 737-800s. The total engine order is valued at approximately $2.9 billion U.S. at list price.
Both the LEAP-1B and CFM56-7BE engines are products of CFM International (CFM), a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group) and GE.
Norwegian is a long-time CFM customer and currently operates a fleet of 48 CFM56-7B-powered Next-Generation 737-800s, with an additional 78 airplanes on order (including today’s announcement), in addition to 14 CFM56-3-powered 737-300s. Today’s order supports Norwegian's plans to build on the success provided by its fleet for its rapidly expanding operations.
“We are delighted to welcome Norwegian to the LEAP family of customers,” said Jean-Paul Ebanga, president and CEO of CFM. “We appreciate the confidence this order shows in our products and in our team’s ability to deliver the industry’s most advanced technology.”
“We are pleased and honored that Norwegian has chosen to again make CFM its engine supplier of choice,” said Gael Meheust, vice president of Sales for CFM. “We’ve been working together for many years on their 737 fleet, and we look forward to the successful introduction of the LEAP-1B into Norwegian’s fleet to support their continued growth and long-term success.”
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.
LEAP engines will incorporate technologies never before seen in the single-aisle aircraft segment. The new engine will combine advanced aerodynamic design techniques, lighter, more durable materials, and leading-edge environmental technologies, making it a major breakthrough in engine technology.