Norwegian’s 787 frustration


Norwegian Air Shuttle have two Boeing 787s, which because of the 787 grounding were delivered in September, five months late. These two planes are being deployed on routes between Oslo and Stockholm to New York and Bangkok.

This week, Norwegian grounded one of its 787s and demanded that Boeing fix the plane. The incident follows claims that Norwegian are experiencing an on time performance rate of only 49 per cent after a string of break downs in its first month of service. The incidents have included electrical faults and hydraulic issues. Norwegian have had to charter other less fuel efficient planes to cover service gaps.

This follows the postponement of a ribbon cutting ceremony and dinner party in Thailand, to celebrate the launch of Norwegian’s new long-haul flights between Bangkok, Oslo and Stockholm for members of the Thai-Norwegian and Thai-Swedish Chamber of Commerce. Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos and members of the senior management could not fly to Bangkok for the launch because their 787 broke down.

The airline’s share price has fallen about six percent this month. It has eight Boeing 787s on order. It is purchasing three and leasing five. The new 787s are part of a massive fleet expansion of 222 new planes.

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