Norwegian chief executive officer (CEO) Bjørn Kjos said the airline will not pay for the costs related to the suspension of its 18 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
The carrier operates the aircraft mostly for trans-Atlantic flights between Europe and the East Coast of the US. The airline has also ordered more than 100 of the 737 Max 8 aircraft.
Kjos said in a video recording released on social media: “It’s quite obvious that we will not take the cost related to the new aircraft that we have to park temporarily. We will send this bill to those who produce this aircraft.”
He added: “What happens next is in the hands of European aviation authorities. But we hope and expect that our MAXes will be airborne soon.
“Many have asked questions about how this affects our financial situation. It’s quite obvious that we will not take the cost related to the new aircraft that we have to park temporarily. We will send this bill to those who produce this aircraft.”
Aviation regulators throughout Europe ordered the grounding of the aircraft on Tuesday in the wake of Sunday’s crash of a 737 Max 8 jet operated by Ethiopian Airlines that killed all 157 on board. The US and Canada followed yesterday.
The crash was the second deadly incident involving the 737 Max 8 aircraft in less than six months after a Lion Air came down on 29 October killing 187 people on board.