Deliveries in both late April and June likely to be affected
Boeing has officially told two European airlines – Norwegian and Thomson Airways, which is owned by TUI Travel – that their deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner will be delayed. Meanwhile, investigations into the problems behind the grounded aircraft continue.
At Norwegian, the first aircraft had been scheduled to be delivered in late April. A further delivery in June may also be affected. However, Norwegian has made clear that if the 787 is not operational in time for its services to New York and Bangkok, replacement long-haul aircraft will be leased for a period of up to three months to ensure flights are operated as planned.
Boeing has not announced a new delivery date or given written confirmation of a potential delay, Norwegian says. In the event that the 787 is not operational in time for Norwegian’s services to New York and Bangkok, replacement long-haul aircraft will be leased to ensure flights are operated as scheduled. It has not yet been decided with which company Norwegian will sign an agreement. All passengers who have booked tickets will get detailed information about the flights once confirmed.
“As one of Boeing’s biggest customers in Europe, we expect that the aircraft manufacturer does everything in its power to get the aircraft ready for delivery as soon as possible,” said CEO Bjørn Kjos.
[photo courtesy Norwegian]