Norwegian: Milan-Los Angeles postponed to Summer 2019
For a technical problem with the Trent 1000 RR engines - ATTACHMENT
Norwegian informs that due to the continuing technical problem with Rolls Royce (RR) engines, it is forced to postpone the start of its Milan-Malpensa/Los Angeles link to Summer 2019. The measure is due to a technical problem connected to a specific propeller, the Trent 1000 ('Package C') of which some of its B-787 Dreamliner aircraft are equipped, with which the carrier operates intercontinental connections.
Like other airlines that have B-787 Dreamliners propelled by this engine in the fleet, also Norwegian had to to proceed with the inspections of the same as airworthiness directive by Easa (European Aviation Safety Agency). The timing and duration of these mandatory inspections compel the airline to ground certain airplanes and prevent it from operating the route in question in the Summer 2018, as planned.
"We are deeply disappointed from Rolls Royce and Boeing, because both us and our passengers expect that the new aircraft to be operational as expected", Norwegian said it. Although the technical issues and their causes are not directly attributable to Norwegian, the airline sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience caused. We are aware of how unpleasant this situation is and will do all we can to minimize hardships assisting our passengers with re-booking opportunities or with full refund".
The routes departing from Rome-Fiumicino to the USA will continue to be operational, as well as the rest of the short-haul connections from Italy.
Below, attached the text of the AD issued by EASA (five pages).
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