Monday 19 February 2018

Boeing delay will not affect new US routes

A spokesperson for Boeing said delays can happen. Photo: REUTERS
A spokesperson for Boeing said delays can happen. Photo: REUTERS
John Mulligan

John Mulligan

Norwegian has said that its launch of transatlantic routes between Ireland and the United States will not be affected by the delayed delivery by Boeing of the new Max aircraft.

The upgraded single-aisle plane will now arrive at the end of June.

The delay is the second in about a month for Norwegian, which initially planned to receive its first 737 Max at the end of May before being forced to reschedule for June 13.

Norwegian Air International (NAI), a subsidiary of Scandinavian carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle, plans to launch flights from Ireland to the US in July.

A spokeswoman for Norwegian said the launch will not be affected.

"Boeing has informed us that the delivery of our first 737 MAX is postponed until the end of June. This will not affect our operation or our passengers, as the upcoming launch of transatlantic routes between Ireland and the US east coast will be operated by another aircraft type. Questions about why the delivery is postponed need to be directed to the aircraft manufacturer Boeing."

A spokesperson for Boeing said delays can happen.

"On occasion delivery processes run into minor issues - whether for maintenance or other reasons. In this case, we and our customer decided to reschedule this delivery in order to resolve a minor technical issue. We fully expect to deliver later this month and look forward to the Max entering revenue service with Norwegian."

Boeing delivered the first of the upgraded 737 to Lion Mentari Airlines PT's Malaysian unit Malindo Airways on May 17, followed by a second shortly after. Lion is the largest 737 Max customer, with 201 orders, one more than Southwest Airlines.

Irish Independent

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