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Norwegian could delay US long hauls. Airline Norwegian Air Shuttle may have to push back its Scandinavian-US/Thai long haul routes. The carrier has previously announced it will start offering services from Oslo/Stockholm to New York and Bangkok in 2012. However, a succession of delays to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner rollout plans could mean Norwegian has to change alter course. “We have leasing agreements and want to use the Dreamliner because it is cheaper to operate, and offers our passengers superior comfort,” Åse Larsson, Norwegian’s press spokesperson, tells The Foreigner.

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Norwegian could delay US long hauls

Published on Friday, 25th February, 2011 at 11:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 25th February 2011 at 12:25.

Airline Norwegian Air Shuttle may have to push back its Scandinavian-US/Thai long haul routes.

A Norwegian plane
A Norwegian plane
Photo: Mariusz Basiak AG/Norwegian


The carrier has previously announced it will start offering services from Oslo/Stockholm to New York and Bangkok in 2012. However, a succession of delays to Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner rollout plans could mean Norwegian has to change alter course.

“We have leasing agreements and want to use the Dreamliner because it is cheaper to operate, and offers our passengers superior comfort,” Åse Larsson, Norwegian’s press spokesperson, tells The Foreigner.

The aircraft is approximately three years behind schedule, with a multi-billion dollar budget overrun. The problems are mainly due to a combination of the advances in design, engineering, material, a two month strike, and Boeing’s decision to use subcontractors, according to Michael Hiltzik of The Los Angeles Times.

“But much of the blame belongs tothe company's quantum leap in farming out the design and manufacture of crucial components to suppliers around the nationand in foreign countries such as Italy, Sweden, China, and South Korea. Boeing's dream was to save money. The reality is that it would have been cheaper to keep a lot of this work in-house,” he writes.

Ms Larsson declines to comment on whether or not this will affect when Norwegian will start flying the routes, but confirms Norwegian is considering other options.

“We are considering the possibility of short-term leasing of aircraft from Airbus and Boeing,” she says.




Published on Friday, 25th February, 2011 at 11:26 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 25th February 2011 at 12:25.

This post has the following tags: boeingdreamliner, norwegianairshuttle, airbus, delays.





  
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