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Norwegian deploys Boeing 787 Dreamliner from Dublin to Stewart

The first replacement 787 arrived Wednesday night, with a full load

STEWART AIRPORT – While all Boeing 737 Max jets are grounded as they are checked to ensure complete safety, Norwegian Air deployed a Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet from New York Stewart International Airport to Dublin.

The first 787 landed at Stewart at 8:59 p.m. Wednesday and departed for Dublin two hours later.

The flights on the larger aircraft will operate daily to continue to provide service from the Newburgh area airport to Europe.

Customers scheduled to depart from Providence, Rhode Island were bused Wednesday from T.F. Green Airport to Stewart where the aircraft departed for Ireland.

Dublin resident Flor was scheduled to come to New York, but because of the Boeing 737 Max grounding, told Mid-Hudson News at Stewart Wednesday night that they got seats based on a lottery.

“Management came down to us and said check in closed at 20 past two and at 20 past two, we will see how many sets we have because it’s a bigger aircraft. At that stage it was a lotto. It was about 65 people, 50 seats so there were still 15 people stranded in Dublin. They picked names out of a hat and that’s how we got here today."

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has 338 seats compared with the 737 Max which has some 189 seats.

The 737 aircraft were grounded after European aviation agencies asked it be done following the fatal crash last weekend of an Ethiopian airline’s 737 jet killing everyone onboard.

Based on two crashes in five months, President Trump on Wednesday ordered the grounding of all Boeing 737 Max jets in the US pending safety determinations.

 


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