Low-cost carrier Norwegian took delivery of its first extended range Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner today.

The airline already operates eight 787-8s and will use 787-9s to start new routes across North America, South America and Asia.

With a fuselage stretched by 20 feet over the 787-8, the 787-9 will fly more passengers farther using 20 less fuel and 20% fewer emissions than similarly sized aircraft.

Norwegian has eight 787-8s in its fleet and has 30 787-9 aircraft on order in addition to 100 Boeing 737 MAX, 100 Airbus A320neo and 34 Boeing 737-800s.

The first commercial flight by the aircraft will take place on Saturday, from Oslo to Orlando and the aircraft will operate routes to and from Gatwick.

Chief executive Bjørn Kjos said: “The delivery of Norwegian’s first 787-9 marks our continued commitment to the company’s global expansion ensuring travellers across the world access to high quality flights at a low fare.

“The 787-9 will give Norwegian unrivalled operational advantages, large improvements in fuel efficiency and much lower costs.”

Norwegian is leasing its first 787-9 Dreamliner from New York-based leasing company MG Aviation.