The interim boss of Norwegian Air, one of the major carriers of the grounded Boeing 737 Max jet operating out in the UK, has said the airline is unlikely to fly the aircraft this year.
Geir Karlsen, who is acting as chief executive after boss of 17 years Bjorn Kjos stepped down earlier this summer, told Reuters he does not expect to see any of the 18 grounded 737 Max planes used by Norwegian flying in 2019.
The 737 Max, Boeing’s best-selling workhorse jet, has been grounded across the globe since March after two crashes that killed 346 people.
Norwegian has one of the larger fleets of the model, and has subsequently taken a substantial hit. Last month, the carrier said it would end its flights between Ireland and the US, blaming the grounding of the 737 Max.
Karlsen said: “We are actually planning on not having the Maxes flying this year, in 2019.”
The company said in July that it expected its 737 Max aircraft fleet to return to service in October.
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