Boeing meets with Norwegian Air to discuss Dreamliner’s tech issues

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, September 23, 2013 18:20 EDT
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A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner makes an approach as it lands on Sept. 17, 2013 at Boeing Field in Seattle, Washington.  [AFP]
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The budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle announced a meeting Monday with aircraft manufacturer Boeing to discuss technical problems with the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

“We have called Boeing to a meeting this week in Oslo,” Norwegian spokesperson Aasa Larsson told AFP.

“We are going to bring up the latest problems we’ve encountered with the Dreamliners,” she said.

The airline operates two Dreamliners from Boeing — part of an eight-plane order — which has been beset by delays and setbacks.

Since their delivery the aircraft have experienced a series of technical problems.

Larsson said that Norwegian was not considering cancelling their order at this point, despite the setbacks, but the company may raise the issue of compensation.

One of Norwegian’s Boeing 787s bound for New York from Oslo was unable to take off at the weekend due to a problem with oxygen delivery to the cockpit, which remained unresolved on Monday, said Larsson.

A second Dreamliner then had to be rushed from Stockholm and also fell prey to a technical failure with a valve causing a four hour delay for passengers.

The technical hitches with the aircraft were just the latest in a long line of setbacks, including faulty hydraulic pumps, electrical problems and braking issues which have regularly grounded the planes.

The Dreamliner, Boeing’s latest commercial aircraft, has been hit by problems worldwide – most notably faulty batteries – which took the entire fleet out of operation for four months in early 2013.

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