Norwegian Air Shuttle, European launch customer of the 737 MAX, will now not receive their first until the end of June. This is the second time Boeing has delayed delivery of the new aircraft to the airline.
“Boeing has informed us that the delivery of our first 737 Max is postponed until the end of June,” said a spokesperson. “This will not affect our operation or our passengers.”
The original delivery was planned to happen in mid-May, but out of safety concerns over a possible flaw from engine manufacturer CFM, the delivery was delayed.
The new aircraft type is already in operation with Malindo Air, which currently operates two. The aircraft were to be used on new transatlantic flights to the US from the UK, Ireland and Norway. The first flights that will take place in mid-June will instead be operated with the airline’s 737-800s, only able to carry 150 people instead of the total capacity of 189 due to weight restrictions.
As soon as the MAX’s start arriving they will take over. The airline has orders for 108 of the aircraft, six will be arriving this year.