Friday, December 11, 2015

Norwegian parks final Boeing 737-300

Norwegian’s last Boeing 737-300, LN-KKW, sits on a rain-swept Bodø apron, before becoming a museum exhibit there.
(Photo: Norwegian)
Low-cost carrier Norwegian has retired its final Boeing 737-300. Its single-aisle fleet is now comprised entirely of the newer -800 model.
Norwegian flew its final -300 from UK maintenance site at Lasham, near London, to Bodø in northern Norway, the site of the National Aviation Museum of Norway to which the aircraft has been donated. It had been parked at Lasham for several months.
The aircraft 737-3K9 (24213/1794) LN-KKW, joined Norwegian as a second-hand aircraft in 2006. Its last revenue flight was from Belgrade to Oslo in October 2014.
The aircraft had operated 40,106 flights and spent 64,656 hours in the air. When it joined Norwegian, the airline had 14 aircraft, 54 routes and 560 employees. Today, it has 102 aircraft, 439 routes and 5,500 employees.
”This airplane has been a faithful workhorse for Norwegian since 2006 and it’s wonderful that it can continue living on at the National Aviation Museum,” said Captain Johnny Silberg, who piloted the aircraft on its last flight with co-pilot Olav Hynne.
At its high point, Norwegian’s 737-300 fleet numbered 23 aircraft.
(Alan Dron - ATWOnline News)

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