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What is a delivery flight?
Pretty much what it says on the tin: Once a plane has been finished and is ready to fly, it needs to get from its place of manufacture to the customer. In this instance, Boeing is manufacturing the brand new 737 MAX aircraft in their Washington state plant, and needs to transport the plane to its new home in Oslo .
Delivery flights usually carry a VIP group of airline executives, public figures, aviation enthusiasts and press. The crew is often hand-picked and there tends to be an air of real excitement throughout the plane. It’s the first time most people on the flight will have been on the new aircraft type, so it’s kind of a big deal (in aviation circles anyway!).
Delivery flights are eagerly watched on flight radar maps by aviation enthusiasts on the ground, and crowds often greet the arrival of the new plane as paparazzi would a celebrity – with cameras ready. Photographers get prime shots of the new plane, the exiting VIP’s from the aircraft, and there is sometimes an arrival celebration.
What makes this 737 MAX delivery flight special?
As one of the first 737 MAX aircraft to be delivered (the first went to Malindo Air on May 22, 2017) and the world’s first to go to a non-asian carrier, Norwegian has decided to celebrate the special occasion with considerable fanfare.
Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos will be personally accompanying the delivery flight! The flight will leave from Boeing’s home near Seattle on June 13, 2017, and arrive in Oslo, the capital of Norway on June 14, 2017.
How can I get on the 737 MAX delivery flight?
Twelve seats on the delivery flight are available via auction through this exclusive offer.
Here’s a link to the auction page.
You can place bids until June 4, 2017 at 7:00 am UK time. All proceeds will be donated to Norwegian’s charity partner UNICEF, which makes this an especially worthwhile opportunity.
The packages are for one person and include:
- Flight from any airport served by Norwegian in Europe to any Norwegian US destination in Norwegian Premium class. Notes: Premium Class is only available on long haul flights. The winner is responsible for their own transportation onwards to Seattle.
- Ribbon cutting ceremony at Boeing’s delivery center in Seattle on June 13th at 10 AM.
- Delivery flight from Seattle to Oslo, departure June 13th at 1 PM, arrival in to Oslo on June 14th at 7 AM.
- Your own three-seat row on board.
- Arrival ceremony in Oslo.
As there is flexibility with the outbound date and destination, you can even enjoy a little holiday in the US before heading back to Europe on the delivery flight.
Opportunities to be on delivery flights don’t come along often, so make sure to get your bid in today!