OSLO: Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air Shuttle yesterday announced a new technical problem with one of its Boeing 787 Dreamliners, as the plane was grounded due to a flaw in its electrical system.
“We’ve had a problem since yesterday (Saturday) with a Dreamliner, linked to its electrical system,” company spokesman Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen said.
“The aircraft is not getting enough electricity.”
The plane was scheduled to leave Oslo for Bangkok on Saturday, but after waiting for more than 24 hours, the passengers were transferred to Stockholm, where they boarded a chartered plane.
It is the second incident that Norwegian has had this week with its Dreamliner fleet — which currently consists of two planes.
Norwegian’s other Dreamliner was stuck on the tarmac of Stockholm’s Arlanda airport from Monday after a light suggested a problem with the brake system.
The plane was finally deemed fit to fly on Friday after technicians concluded the light had lit up by mistake.
“If you think about Airbus A380, it also had all kinds of teething problems,” he said, referring to the large European-built passenger airliner.
Norwegian has ordered altogether eight Boeing 787 Dreamliners, of which two have been delivered so far, with a delay.
The Dreamliner has encountered several serious difficulties since entering operation, especially with its batteries, causing the entire fleet to be grounded for about four months earlier this year. AFP