Russian satellite network reported that earlier this week, a Norwegian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX aircraft flying to Tel Aviv was forced to stop the route and return to Stockholm. The reason was that the company decided to ground all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft after the Ethiopian crash.
“I would like to apologize to those customers who have been affected by the temporary grounding of our 737 MAX aircraft. Our customers are our main priority now,” says Norwegian’s CEO Bjørn Kjos. #flynorwegianNorwegian Twitter Handle
Norwegian airlines spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen said on March 13: “We will send all the bills generated to Boeing.”
While Norwegian airlines is under strong financial pressure; the relevant grounding decision has a negative impact on the profitability of many airlines.
Boeing said in a commentary on the plane crash that the company was “completely confident” about the aircraft, but the aircraft manufacturer’s share price has fallen by 6.1%, causing Boeing stocks to lose $26.65 billion in market value.
I am impressed by Norwegian’s strong stance when the B737 MAX 8 issues comes on top of their own financial hardships, for a LCC in Europe, they have been proven to be brave and adapt to adversity just like other legacy carriers.