A number of countries have grounded Boeing’s 737 Max 8 medium-haul workhorse jet in response to an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board.
The Nairobi-bound plane was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed last October, killing 189 passengers and crew – with some detecting similarities between the two accidents. Boeing has sent experts to assist in the Ethiopia probe and said safety was its “number one priority”.
There are some 350 of the 737 Max 8 planes currently in service around the world and while some countries and airlines have opted to ground the planes, others are continuing to fly the aircraft pending an investigation into the crash and possible guidance from Boeing itself.
At least 25 airlines around the world have grounded their 737 Max 8 planes.
European authorities banned the planes, one of the most important aviation regulators in the world to change its stance over the plane’s safety. It followed earlier moves by aviation regulators in China, Indonesia, Singapore and Australia, as well as carriers in Africa, South America, and North America, to ground the jets.
The European Union Aviation Safety Agency has suspended the Boeing 737 MAX from flying into or over its airspace “to ensure the safety of passengers”.
It joins the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in banning the plane
Flight attendant union also calls for 737 MAX fleet to be grounded
Austria, Poland, and Italy are the latest to ground 737 MAX 8s
Turkish Airlines grounds all Boeing 737 MAX aircraft
Iceland and Germany join the list of countries deciding to ban 737 MAX 8 aircraft
British carrier TUI grounds all Boeing 737 MAX 8s
Brazil’s GOL Linhas Aereas suspends MAX 8 flights
Norwegian Airlines suspends operations of Boeing 737 MAX
Oman temporarily suspends Boeing 737 Max operations
Netherlands suspends Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft
Singapore: The aviation regulator of Asia’s second-busiest international airport and a key long-distance travel destination on Tuesday (March 12) completely banned the use of Boeing 737 Max aircraft in the country’s airspace.
Australia: The country’s civil aviation safety authority on Tuesday suspended Boeing Co 737 Max aircraft from flying to or from Australia.
South Korea’s transport ministry said on Tuesday it has advised Eastar Jet, the only South Korean airline that owns the B737-8 – the same model involved in the Ethiopian Airlines crash – to ground them.
Beijing on Monday (March 11) ordered domestic airlines to suspend the operation of the Boeing 737 Max 8, citing the two crashes.
Indonesia said it was grounding its 11 jets of the 737 Max 8 type.
The Mongolian Civil Aviation Authority said on Facebook it had ordered the state carrier MIAT Mongolian Airlines to ground the sole Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft in its fleet.
Malaysia On Tuesday (March 12), the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia said it is immediately suspending the operations of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft “flying to or from Malaysia and transiting in Malaysia until further notice”.
Here is the list of Airline that operates Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft. list also Include number of Aircraft in each Airline
What is a Boeing 737 Max aircraft?
The Boeing 737 Max fleet of aircraft is the latest in the company’s successful 737 line. The group includes Max 7, 8, 9 and 10 models. By the end of January, Boeing had delivered 350 of the Max 8 model out of 5,011 orders. A small number of Max 9s are also operating. The Max 7 and 10 models, not yet delivered, are due for roll-out in the next few years.