20 MAY 2013
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Norwegian has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Virgin Atlantic allowing the hitherto low-cost airline to tap into Virgin Atlantic’s expertise on long haul operations, while Virgin Atlantic’s instructors will receive pilot training on board Norwegian’s brand new 787-8 Dreamliners. Norwegian’s first Dreamliner is due for delivery at the end of June.
“Introducing a new aircraft type to an airline is an extensive affair. It is therefore important that we learn from each other”, says Director of Flight Operations Norwegian Long Haul, Torstein Hoås.
“Virgin Atlantic is a successful long haul airline with almost 30 years of transatlantic experience. It will be very beneficial for us to receive this support. At the same time, we are looking forward to helping Virgin Atlantic introduce the 787 Dreamliner to its fleet. The cooperation will be a great advantage to both parties”, he continues.
Virgin Atlantic will be the launch customer in Europe of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, a slightly bigger version of the 787-8 Dreamliner (as flown by LOT and in the future British Airways). In the agreement Virgin Atlantic states that it will train a number of Norwegian pilots on board its future Dreamliners. www.norwegian.com www.virgin-atlantic.com
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