By Charlotte Seet
Flyr Adding Boeing 737 MAX To Fleet
Having just taken to the skies for the first time in June, Norway’s new airline Flyr has decided to take yet another step in expanding its fleet in a way that is similar to that of the old Norwegian. The Oslo-based Flyr on Wednesday signed a letter of intent with Air Lease Corporation for six new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. The Norwegian start-up airline is set to receive two directly from the Boeing factory in the first half of 2022, and the remaining four is due in 2023.
Currently, Flyr has a fleet of three Boeing 737-800s that are also leased until an estimated end date of 2026. Thus, the deliveries of all the new additions will bring the airline’s fleet total to nine.
“We are pleased that Flyr has decided to transition to the 737-8 as it continues to grow its fleet. The 737-8 will help Flyr reduce its operating costs by cutting fuel consumption and lowering noise and CO2 emissions,” said Ricardo Cavero, Vice President Europe Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes in a press release.
Despite being a relatively new start-up, Flyr has always been choosing sustainability to be a significant part of its strategy and this shows from its choice of the most climate-friendly solutions.
Additionally, Flyr is currently the only airline in Norway to pay 100% of its emissions under the EU Emissions Trading System, further showing the airline’s dedication to being responsible for the environment.
“The decision to choose the latest generation of brand-new Boeing aircraft is in line with the authorities’ goal of a more sustainable development in aviation. At the same time, we are happy to deliver on customers’ desire to fly the latest aircraft with the lowest emissions. The new aircraft type contributes on average with an emission saving of up to 14 percent compared to previous models,” said Chief Executive Officer Tonje Wikstrøm Frislid of Flyr in a press release.
It would seem that the low emissions rate of the 737 MAX seems to be the key deciding factor in the Norwegian start-up’s decision to upgrade to the aircraft type.
Considering how Flyr is growing in popularity — the airline has also just launched three new routes to various cities in Europe, including Copenhagen, Paris and Rome — the fleet expansion will come in handy to meet the growing demands over the next couple of years.
Ambitiously, the airline also has plans to increase weekly frequencies to keep up with demand for its popular destinations such as Alicante and Malaga, Spain, which are hot spots for Norwegian tourists looking to move south for warmer weather.
With the new additions coming in towards the next summer, Flyr is seemingly going to be well-equipped with a strong fleet to support its ongoing route expansion and overall growth as an airline.