Norwegian Air a major carrier to Ireland is back flying there with new planes after 737s were shut down
Irish Americans scheduled to fly to Ireland from New York Stewart International Airport of TF Green Airport in Providence will not have to cancel their plans.
Norwegian Air briefly discontinued the route because they were using Boeing 737 MAX planes for the flights, but that fleet of planes were grounded after two fatal accidents forced aviation authorities worldwide to act.
Passengers on its flights from US will be rebooked to fly on 787-9 Dreamliner planes, according to a statement from Norwegian. The Dreamliners have 338 seats, as compared to 189 seats on the 737s.
A statement released by the airline read:
"In an effort to minimize the inconvenience of the currently suspended 737 MAX 8 operations, Norwegian will operate a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on a temporary, daily basis from New York Stewart International Airport (SWF) to Dublin Airport. The airline will deploy the Dreamliner to operate flights in order to provide service to affected customers scheduled to fly from either Providence’s T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Rhode Island or Stewart to Dublin.
"Customers currently booked on flights to Dublin will be rebooked on flights operating the 787-9 Dreamliner. Passengers scheduled to depart from Providence will be accommodated on buses from T.F. Green Airport to Stewart Airport. Customers will receive notifications and updates via SMS, on our website, and through customer care services to ensure they are informed of the latest information."
The announcement is very good news for passengers during a very busy time on St. Patrick’s week for travel between the US and Ireland.
Norwegian's statement added, "Norwegian would like to apologize to customers affected by this extraordinary situation as we remain committed to ensuring our passengers can continue to travel on Norwegian’s network."
Norwegian intends to sue Boeing over the lost revenue the airline said.