Budget carrier, Norwegian Air Shuttle is Europe’s fourth largest low cost carrier (after Ryanair, Easyjet and Air Berlin).It has pinned its long haul expansion hopes on the 787 and the plane keeps letting them down. The airline has endured a number of maintenance issues with its three 787s from brakes to cockpit sensors to grounding to hydraulic pumps. The latest was a fuel gushing from a valve on the plane’s wing at Bangkok airport. The situation was photographed by a passenger and went viral.
Passengers had a lengthy delay and the plane flew back to Stockholm for repairs.
Norwegian has been very critical of the 787 and even resorted to leasing a replacement plane. They have been less critical of late but must be just as frustrated.
Two weeks ago, JAL had another battery fire. These come about one year since every 787 was grounded following two fires on board two of them. Boeing have been working hard to raise reliability rates of the 787.