Norwegian is an airline with just two aircraft types. The airline operates the Boeing 737 and 787. It currently has 37 Boeing 787s, with a further three aircraft awaiting delivery.
However, it seems as though the entirety of Norwegian’s widebody fleet is now grounded, and that’s not just because of the ongoing crisis being experienced by the aviation industry. The last flight by a Norwegian Boeing 787 took place on Sunday, with 29 of the aircraft having been grounded in the past three weeks. But where exactly are these aircraft being stored? Simple Flying did the work so that you don’t have to.
Norwegian’s Boeing 787s are typically used for the airline’s long haul routes originating from airports such as London Gatwick and Madrid. However, unlike British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, the low-cost airline is storing very few aircraft at its London hub. In fact, the only 787 stored at Gatwick hasn’t flown since the 3rd of November 2019, indicating that it is likely down due to ongoing Trent 1000 issues.
A total of eight of the airline’s Boeing 787 aircraft have not yet flown during 2020. Most, if not all of these, will have been grounded because of the Trent 1000 engine crisis. One of them had an uncontained engine failure in Rome last year.
When were the aircraft grounded?
As previously mentioned, eight of Norwegian’s Boeing 787 Dreamliners haven’t been flown yet in 2020. This leaves just 29 that have flown this year. All of these aircraft last flew within the last three weeks. However, it now seems as though the whole fleet is grounded, as only one has flown within the last five days.
The United States was a key part of Norwegian’s long-haul market. As a result, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner groundings have been accelerating since Donald Trump announced a travel ban on those recently in Europe.
Initially, the ban excluded those traveling from the United Kingdom. As a result, Norwegian had attempted to focus on travel from London’s Gatwick Airport. However, when the United States travel ban was extended to include the United Kingdom, this was no longer feasible.
Earlier in March, the long-haul low-cost airline began to receive parts of a government rescue package worth $275 million. Before the current crisis, the airline had also been dealing with the effects of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding, and the Trent 1000 engine crisis.
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