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Norwegian Air cancels order for 97 Boeing jets, wants money back, compensation

Norwegian Air cancels order for 97 Boeing jets, wants money back, compensation

Associated Press

Jun 30, 2020 10: 22 AM

Boeing jets including a 787 Dreamliner built for Norwegian Air Shuttle, foreground, are seen April 13, 2020, outside the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington. Norwegian Air said June 30 that it has canceled its 97 outstanding orders for Boeing planes.

Boeing jets including a 787 Dreamliner built for Norwegian Air Shuttle, foreground, are seen April 13, 2020, outside the Boeing factory in Everett, Washington. Norwegian Air said June 30 that it has canceled its 97 outstanding orders for Boeing planes. (Mike Siegel/Seattle Times/TNS)

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK — Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle said Tuesday it has canceled its 97 outstanding orders for planes from U.S. manufacturer Boeing.

Norwegian said in a statement it had terminated the purchase agreements of five 787 Dreamliners and 92 737 Max aircraft.

The Oslo-based company also said it had filed a legal claim seeking the return of payments made for the aircraft. It is also seeking compensation for losses it claims it incurred from the global grounding of the 737 Max planes as well as engine issues on the 787.

Talks with Chicago-based Boeing have “not led to an agreement with a reasonable compensation,” the carrier said in the statement.

Norwegian Air meanwhile had technical issues with the Rolls Royce engines on the Dreamliner planes. The British company had discovered problems with its Trent 1000 engines, which power Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

Norwegian said the problems “affected reliability and resulted in premature and unplanned maintenance, which has disrupted the company’s operations and caused further significant losses.”

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