Skip to main content
Advertising

Originally published September 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM | Page modified September 28, 2013 at 12:50 PM

  • Share:
           
  • Comments (10)
  • Print

Norwegian Air Shuttle grounds Boeing 787

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Saturday became the latest airline to ground a Boeing 787 so that officials from the American company can examine what appears to be a technical problem.

The Associated Press

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
The Dreamline is a piece of crap designed by outsourced committee. It is time Boeing's... MORE
McNerney/Delaney are the Lincoln/Armstrong of the aerospace industry. Pompous and... MORE
This is all the unions' fault, right McNerney? Right goobers? MORE

advertising

COPENHAGEN, Denmark —

Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA on Saturday became the latest airline to ground a Boeing 787 so that officials from the American company can examine what appears to be a technical problem.

Norwegian spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen said Saturday that the plane "has not been reliable enough and passengers have been subjected to too many delays." He declined to identify the technical glitches encountered.

In the meantime, the Scandinavian low-cost carrier will lease an Airbus A340 to fly on its two new long-haul destinations between Stockholm, Sweden, and New York and Bangkok.

In an email, Boeing said it had agreed to "implement a number of enhancements to improve the airplane's in-service reliability," and that the jet would be out of service for "a matter of days."

"We are working tirelessly to provide support to Norwegian," the statement said. "We regret the inconvenience and disruption caused to the airline and its passengers as a result of this process."

Norwegian Air Shuttle has ordered eight 787s and received two.

The 787 is the world's first commercial plane made mostly of lighter-weight composite materials. Boeing says the plane cuts fuel consumption by 20 percent and lowers operating costs by 30 percent. The 787 is the first airliner to make extensive use of lithium ion batteries, which are lighter weight, charge faster and contain more energy than conventional batteries similar in size.

However, the aircraft has been plagued by problems since the jets were grounded worldwide in January for lithium-ion batteries that overheated or caught fire following an incident on a flight by the Japanese airline All Nippon Airways. Flights resumed four months later after a revamped battery system was installed.

But in July, a Boeing 787 with Ethiopian Airlines caught fire while parked at London's Heathrow airport, and the Polish airline LOT reported technical problems and demanded that Boeing try to solve a potential safety threat.

In August, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines briefly grounded their Boeing 787s for wiring problems unrelated to battery defects.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

The Seattle Times Historical Archives

Browse our newspaper page archives from 1900-1984


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►