Most 787 Operators Hope To Resume Flying In May

By Jens Flottau, Adrian Schofield
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology

LOT will send its two 787s to Ethiopian Airlines' MRO facilities in Addis Ababa for the modifications. LOT CEO Sebastian Mikosz says it will take the airline around 6-8 weeks to get the aircraft back in the air. He has voiced his frustration via several media outlets, saying: “That's not how I imagined being treated.” LOT is also working on training its pilots for the 787 and the airline should be in a position to deploy the new aircraft by the end of June. Ethiopian has taken delivery of four 787s.

In addition to the airlines whose fleets have been grounded, there are a number of carriers that are anxiously awaiting delivery of their first 787s because they are the linchpins of new routes that some airlines have planned.

Norwegian should have already received its first long-haul aircraft in order to initiate services to New York at the end of May. Instead, the airline has been forced to wet-lease two Airbus A340-300s to serve as interim capacity providers.

U.K. airlines—including charter company Thomson Airways and major carrier British Airways—are waiting to hear from Boeing about the status of their deliveries.

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