Dreamliner Woes Continue: LOT Polish Airlines 787 Grounded in Iceland
Boeing’s high-tech Dreamliner faced new challenges on Sunday as a 787 operated by LOT Polish Airlines en route from Toronto, Canada to Warsaw, Poland was forced to land in Iceland on Sunday after its onboard identification system began to malfunction and Norway refused it entry into its airspace.
On Saturday, Norwegian Air Shuttle said it was parking one of its two 787s and demanding that Boeing fix the aircraft. The plane was grounded in Bangkok on Friday after technical difficulties. Norwegian is the first operator of the 787 to have Boeing provide maintenance services for the plane.
“We’re not at all satisfied with the performance of the aircraft,” said Lasse Sandaker-Nielsen, a spokesman for the airline. Boeing said it is “working [with Norwegian]…to ensure we have the right support in place to help each airline through the entry-into-service process.”
Earlier this month, LOT had to temporarily ground two of its five Dreamliners after discovering missing fuel filters in both jets. This resulted in numerous flight cancellations and delays. The airline said that it is seeking reimbursement from Boeing for all related costs including at least $30 million from the global grounding of all 787 jets in January.
LOT sent two aircraft to pick up passengers who were stranded in Iceland, the airline said. It will also have the aircraft repaired there before flying it back to Warsaw.
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