October 30, 2014
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) - Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA says it has grounded one of its new Boeing 787 Dreamliners to allow technicians from the American company to "make it more reliable."
Norwegian spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen said Saturday the plane "has not been reliable enough and passengers have been subjected to too many delays." He declined to detail any of 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.
Norwegian Air Shuttle has ordered eight Dreamliners but only received two.
The Dreamliner 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.
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