Budget airline Norwegian Air Shuttle plans to take its second Boeing 787 Dreamliner out of operation for precautionary checks after repeated hydraulic and electrical faults led to the grounding of its other one. The carrier said on Wednesday the second Dreamliner had had fewer problems than the other plane and the move was more a precautionary measure. It expects the checks to take place once the grounded jet is back in service, probably late next week.
The Dreamliner was supposed to be a game changer for the aviation industry as its light weight body and sophisticated engines cut fuel consumption by 20 percent. But it has been beset by problems, including a battery fire that grounded the model for months this year and forced Boeing to come up with a new battery design.
Norwegian Air grounded one of its two Dreamliners on Sept. 28, asking Boeing for repairs after repeated faults in its first month of operation left passengers stranded in cities around the world including Bangkok and New York.
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