Norwegian Air Shuttle, which has grounded its 18 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, announced Wednesday it will require financial repairs from the US manufacturer.
“We will send the full bill to Boeing,” said a spokesman for the third European low-cost airline, Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen, stressing that “Norwegian should not be penalized economically because a totally new plane can not not fly”.
Norwegian is the first to state publicly its intention to seek financial compensation.
The company, with its already tense financial situation, canceled 19 flights Wednesday the day after its decision to suspend the flights of its Boeing 737 MAX 8s, the same type of aircraft that crashed in Ethiopia on Sunday, causing 157 dead including eight crew members.
Norwegian says it has reorganized its operations and transferred passengers to other flights to remedy the situation.
“We worked hard to find solutions for passengers and managed to do so for the most part. Only a few hundred of them remain” for the moment on the floor, said the spokesman.
The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has been banned from flying by many countries and airlines since the tragedy of the flight of Ethiopian Airlines, the second with a device of this type in five months.
Norwegian, which has just made a capital increase after accumulating financial losses over the past two years, has once again been hit on the stock market. The action yielded 0.73% Wednesday morning on the Oslo Stock Exchange, bringing some 10% losses since the beginning of the week.
The Norwegian company, which was the first in Europe to operate the Boeing 737 MAX, ordered 108 aircraft of this type and took an option out of 92 others. Thirty-two are expected to be delivered by the end of the year.