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Norwegian’s new more fuel and noise-efficient Boeing 737 MAX 8 has landed at Cork Airport in time for its scheduled departure to Boston Providence. Norwegian is the first European airline to receive and fly the new aircraft.

The MAX 8, which is more competitive for the transatlantic market, will now operate the direct Norwegian service to Boston Providence, which started in July. Norwegian fly three times weekly to the state capital of Rhode Island up to the end of October and twice weekly for the Winter season through until the end of March.

Jonathan Swift featuring on the tail of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft which will operate the Cork to Boston Providence route

Norwegian Chief Commercial Officer Thomas Ramdahl said: “We’ve had a strong summer on the Cork route with many flights full, so introducing our brand-new MAX aircraft is another significant step for the airport’s historic first transatlantic flights. Not only can passengers in Cork fly low-cost and direct to the US for the first time, they will also now be flying on brand new state-of-the-art aircraft, all from just €99.”

The author of ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, and former Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral, Jonathan Swift, features on the aircraft’s tail fin. Swift is the second in the series honouring Irish people, following Irish explorer Tom Crean.

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Cork Airport’s Managing Director, Niall MacCarthy said: “The MAX 8 overtakes its rivals in terms of innovation and efficiency. It is particularly special that the aircraft is graced by an Irish literary hero and I think this is testament to the strong and thriving roots that Norwegian has grown since launching in Ireland. The new MAX 8 certainly paves the way for future expansion of direct transatlantic routes from Cork Airport.”

The plane’s engines features noise suppression technology, enabling the craft to reduce noise emission by 40pc. Its wings have been modified from previous models, improving airflow around them. With a capacity of 189 passengers, the aircraft also adopts the popular Boeing Sky Interior. In line with Norwegian’s existing 737 and 787 fleet, seat size and leg room are on par, if not ahead of fellow low-cost carriers. Norwegian has 100 of the new aircraft on order to service and expand their transatlantic operations.

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