Thursday, September 05, 2013

Norwegian Air: Dreamliner Stuck at Arlanda Due to Brake Issues - Plane Has Been at Airport Since Monday

September 5, 2013, 6:41 a.m. ET

The Wall Street Journal

Norwegian airline Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA said Thursday one of its freshly delivered Boeing Dreamliner aircraft has been stuck at Arlanda Airport in Sweden since Monday afternoon due to potential problems with the brakes.

"There are indications of some problem with the brake system," Norwegian communications manager Asa Larsson told The Wall Street Journal. "The Dreamliner is still at Arlanda, but the technicians are working on it and we hope it will be up in the air pretty soon."

Norwegian received the Dreamliner last month. It recently ordered a total of eight Dreamliners, which it plans to phase in over the next few years and use on long-distance routes.

Despite the brake problems, as well as earlier delivery delays amid technical issues with batteries, Ms. Larsson said Norwegian won't change its plans for the aircraft.

"Almost all new aircraft have problems in the beginning. We have full confidence in the Dreamliner," she said.

In midmorning trading in Europe, shares in Norwegian were up against a 0.4% drop in the wider Oslo market.