Norwegian Air Shuttle to Demand Boeing Pay for Grounding of 737 Max Aircraft
Earlier this week, a Norwegian Airlines Boeing 737 Max en route to Tel Aviv changed its course and had to return to Stockholm, as the airline decided to ground all its Boeing 737 MAX aircraft citing European safety advice issued after a crash in Ethiopia.
“We’re going to send the entire bill to Boeing”, Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen a spokesman for Norwegian Air Shuttle stated on Wednesday.
The statement comes just two days after a Boeing 737 MAX 8 with 157 people on board, operated by Ethiopian Airlines, crashed, causing almost immediate bans of the model by airlines across the world. About two-thirds of the 371 MAX 8 jets operating across the world have been suspended, Reuters reported.
Commenting on the crash, Boeing stated the company has “full confidence” in the model, yet the shares of the planemaker have dropped 6.1 percent, causing Boeing to lose $26.65 billion of its market value.
According to Flightradar24, the US and Canada remain the only countries that have the Boeing 737 MAX 8 in their airspace.
The tragic accident follows another catastrophe of the new Boeing model that occurred in Indonesia in October 2018, claiming the lives of 189 people.