Norwegian Air cancels 92 Boeing 737 Max and five Dreamliner orders

Significant blow for Boeing just as it is given clearance to start flight testing 737 Max
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Norwegian Air had 18 Boeing 737 Max jets in its fleet when the aircraft was grounded worldwide.
Norwegian Air had 18 Boeing 737 Max jets in its fleet when the aircraft was grounded worldwide.

Norwegian Air has dealt Boeing another blow by cancelling orders for 97 aircraft and claiming compensation from the planemaker for the grounding of the 737 Max.

The Oslo-based airline has cancelled orders for 92 Boeing 737 Max jets and five wide-body 787 Dreamliners, according to a report by Reuters.

Only this week Boeing received clearance from US regulators to commence critical flight tests of the 737 Max, which has been grounded worldwide for 15 months following two fatal crashes.

“Norwegian has in addition filed a legal claim seeking the return of pre-delivery payments related to the aircraft and compensation for the company’s losses related to the grounding of the 737 MAX and engine issues on the 787,” the airline said in a statement, without specifying the amount of it will claim.

Boeing told the news agency that it was working alongside the Scandinavian airline but said it would not comment on commercial discussions.

Norwegian did not say in its statement whether it would launch a legal claim against Rolls-Royce, who manufactures the problematic Trent 1000 engines fitted to Norwegian‘s 787 Dreamliners.

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