Norwegian Delays 787 Order Pending US Permit Approval

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Norwegian Delays 787 Order Pending US Permit Approval


Category: Airline / Travel

Norwegian Air Shuttle AS said it will delay ordering more Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner jets until US regulators back plans to register in Ireland that it views as central to ambitions for an expanded long-haul network.

The discount carrier, adding intercontinental journeys to its network of European routes, is interested in a follow-on order for as many as 20 787s, in addition to 17 due to be delivered by 2018, Chief Executive Officer Bjoern Kjos said.

“If the Department of Transportation comes through with approval we’ll immediately continue the negotiations we’ve had with Boeing,” Kjos said in an interview in London Wednesday.

Norwegian Air’s expansion has met with resistance in the US, where it’s awaiting a permit for trans-Atlantic flights with planes registered in Ireland. Without an accord Kjos said he’ll delay adding Asian routes beyond Scandinavia-Bangkok services since Irish registration is key to their viability.

Source: Bloomberg

Published: September 7, 2015