Norwegian's first Dreamliner at Oslo Gardemoen earlier this year

Hydraulics failure grounds Norwegian Dreamliner

A Norwegian airliner suffered another Dreamliner breakdown today when a hydraulic pump failed, stranding its plane in Thailand.

Norwegian Air Shuttle's two 787 Dreamliners have broken down several times this month. The company could not say how long the plane, which was flying from Bangkok to Stockholm, would be grounded this time and was making alternative travel arrangements for passengers should the delay prove extensive.

Norwegian launched long-haul operations this year and hoped to capitalise on Dreamliner's lower operating cost as the plane is lighter and its engines promised 20 per cent savings on fuel.

Boeing's plane was expected to be a game-changer for the aviation industry but there have been delays getting it into service and a series of setbacks including the grounding of all planes because of battery problems.

Norwegian summoned Boeing's management this week and the US firm promised to locate spare parts centres at all Norwegian's Dreamliner destinations as well as sending a team of engineers to Oslo to monitor the planes' performance.

Norwegian has repeatedly said it expects Boeing to take its share of responsibility for the problems, ranging from electrical faults to hydraulic issues, but said it was too early to discuss compensation issues. Boeing could not immediately be reached for comment.

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