Oslo - Norwegian asks compensation from Boeing for its grounded 737 MAX 8 jets due to the fatal crash of the Flight ET302 in Ethiopia.
Civil aviation regulators around the world ordered local airlines to ground their Boeing 737 MAX jets after the second fatal crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 at short intervals.
With the participation of the US Federal Aviation Administration in this decision yesterday, all Boeing 737 MAXs across the globe have been grounded for an indefinite period.
The financially distressed Norwegian was relying on Boeing 737 MAX 8 for its transatlantic routes from Dublin to the eastern coast of the United States.
According to the airline's CEO Bjorn Kjos, Norwegian got a lot of questions about how to operate these routes while keeping its eighteen 737 MAXs in the fleet on the ground, which badly affects the company already struggling with the financial problems.
"It is clear that we will not bear those costs. We send this bill to those who are responsible for the construction of the aircraft," Kjos said.
Norwegian is now operating Boeing 787 Dreamliners on some of these routes on which its 737 MAX 8s were originally scheduled.
Norwegian had to keep its Boeing 787 Dreamliners on the ground previously because of problems with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines powering the aircraft. Norwegian also demanded compensation for this from Rolls-Royce and Boeing.