Carrier postpones talks to buy 20 new 787 Dreamliners
Norwegian has postponed talks to buy 20 new 787 Dreamliners from Boeing. It says this because of a delay in receiving approval from the US Department of Transportation for its long-haul plans.
The Nordic low-cost carrier flies from Europe to the US and Asia based on a license issued by non-EU Norway. But it has applied to fly to the US on an Irish license, in order to take advantage of wider traffic rights offered by the EU-US open skies agreement.
Unions and other airlines have been in opposition to the plan, which cuts costs by using Asian crews – and it’s this that is delaying the US Department of Transportation decision.
[pictured: Dreamliner interior; courtesy Norwegian]