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Norwegian airline Norwegian Air has announced that it refuses to order 97 Boeing, the largest American manufacturer of airplanes. Also, the carrier requires payment for the suspension of the operation of the Boeing 737 MAX and engine trouble the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, according to Reuters.
Cancel such a large contract will be a blow for Boeing, which yesterday announced the beginning of test flights of the 737 MAX with the permission of the Federal office of civil aviation USA (FAA). The procedure will last for three days, but their very conduct means that the FAA has recognized the solution to all problems and to allow operation.
The contract with Boeing Norwegian Air was for the supply of 92 aircraft 737 MAX, the five Dreamliners and related service agreements.
Flights 737 MAX is suspended in many countries more than a year ago after two plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia, which in total killed 346 people.
As showed investigation, the cause of the incident was the problem with the system for maneuvering aircraft and training pilots. While Boeing during certification was granted excessive authority, and the company concealed important information.
In March the experts estimated problems with the 737 MAX for Boeing at 18.7 billion dollars. This amount consisted of 8.3 billion to compensate customers of the company, and also more than 10 billion that will be spent on improving aircraft.
Given the fact that the 737 MAX is more than $ 100 million, and the Dreamliner — 200-300 million, depending on the version, the rupture of the contract with the Norwegian Air will cost American companies more than ten billion dollars.
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