Hundreds of Norwegian Air passengers were plagued by more lengthy delays over the weekend, but there was some good news. At least one of the airline’s new but often troubled intercontinental flights actually arrived in Oslo early.
News bureau NTB reported that Norwegian’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft continued to cause nightmares when a technical problem forced delays out of Los Angeles. “Before the technical problem could be fixed, our cabin crews’ ability to work expired,” a Norwegian spokesman told NTB, explaining that federal regulations prevented them from working on the long flight to Oslo because they’d exceed their allowable number of hours in the air. That in turn made the flight from Los Angeles even more delayed, and also delayed the departure of the aircraft’s return from Oslo to Los Angeles.
At the same time, another of Norwegian’s Dreamliners from Bangkok to Oslo developed problems that delayed its departure on Tuesday by at least half a day. Yet another Norwegian Dreamliner flight that was supposed to take off for Stockholm from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Saturday didn’t get into the air until the long pinse holiday weekend was over.
At least one Norwegian Dreamliner performed as it should, however, taking off right on time Friday evening from Oakland Airport in California, across the bay from San Francisco, and arriving in Oslo eight minutes before its scheduled arrival at 1:25pm. Relieved passengers on board reported no problems along the way.