Norwegian Air is encouraged by news that problems with the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft it’s ordered may be resolved, but Norwegian officials still expect they’ll have to use leased Airbus aircraft when the airline launches its first flight to New York on May 30. The only message Norwegian had received by the weekend was that delivery of its new Dreamliners was still “at risk.”
“We have to wait and see,” Norwegian spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen told newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN). He said Norwegian’s first intercontinental flights to New York and Bangkok early this summer will probably be on the leased Airbus 340s that the airline secured when problems with the Dreamliners’ batteries first cropped up.
Norwegian started selling tickets to New York and Bangkok last fall based largely on the launch of the new 787 Dreamliner, and was relieved by news that the problems that grounded them all over the world were resolved and the aircraft was clearing new inspections. Delivery times remain highly uncertain, though, so Norwegian is moving forward with its lease of one Airbus 340 for two months and another for three months.