Updated: Jul 1
As Boeing flew the first of many re-certification flights for the troubled Boeing 737MAX on June 29th, 2020, European Low-Cost Carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle announced the termination of its remaining 737MAX and 787 orders. With this cancellation, the airline has decided not to take up 92 737MAX on order and five remaining 787s.
Norwegian operates a fleet of 18 Boeing 737MAX Aircraft. Photo by Jero Vida | AeroNewsX
Norwegian has also canceled the GoldCare Agreement it signed with Boeing during the 2016 Farnborough Airshow when it had initially ordered the 737MAX. This GoldCare Service agreement with Norwegian was Boeing’s largest service agreement offered when 102 of the type were ordered by the airline.
Norwegian has struggled due to the problems of the two aircraft types from Boeing, the faulty engines on the 787 Dreamliners, and the worldwide grounding of the 737MAX following two deadly crashes. This was also worsened by the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the airline to temporarily cease operations in March. These problems of the faulty aircraft have also made the carrier ask Boeing for compensation for the losses it faced due to the grounding of the 737MAX and engine issues of the Rolls Royce Trent 1000s on the Boeing 787s. They are also seeking the return of the pre-delivery payments made to Boeing for all the undelivered and now canceled aircraft.
Norwegian has 32 Boeing 787 Dreamliners in its fleet. Photo by Matt Lino | AeroNewsX
About 95% of the carrier’s fleet has been grounded and has only been flying 13 daily routes due to the pandemic, but the carrier now hopes to bring in a few more aircraft to expand its network to 76 routes across Europe from the beginning of July.