Bad news for Boeing aircraft globally after Ethiopian airlines crash
Boeing’s international problems has now reached to the alarming stage as more countries and airlines are now a part of those choosing to ground the company’s 737 Max 8 aircraft.
In an unfortunate incident, an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed on Sunday killing all 157 people on board, in the second fatal accident involving the 737 Max 8 model in five months.
A wave of countries and blocs have banned the plane from their airspace includes the UK, China, the European Union and Australia.
Canadian carrier Sunwing Airlines announced it would temporarily suspend the use of its four Max 8 planes owing to difficulties in flying over countries that had banned the plane from entering.
At the same time, Russia’s second largest airline S7 announced it would be grounding two 737s until more information was known about the crash.
Moreover, the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has said it will not suspend Boeing 737 Max aircraft despite mounting pressure from senators and workers’ unions.
The FAA said a review showed “no systemic performance issues” and there is no basis for grounding the aircraft.
Ted Cruz, a Republican senator who chairs a subcommittee on aviation and space, said: “I believe it would be prudent for the US likewise to temporarily ground 737 Max aircraft until the FAA confirms the safety of these aircraft and their passengers.”
.Democrat presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren said that the FAA should follow other nations’ lead “immediately” and “get these planes out of the sky”.
But the FAA said that other civil aviation authorities had not “provided data to us that would warrant action”.
— The FAA (@FAANews) March 12, 2019
India’s Ministry of Aviation has decided to shut down the country’s airspace to all Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as of Wednesday, the latest country to take action following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302.
It followed an earlier decision by the government to ground Indian airlines’ entire Max 8 fleet on Tuesday. The ban will begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, the ministry said on its official Twitter.
In continuation to the decision of DGCA to ground the B737 Max operations, further clarification follows.
B737Max operations Will stop from/to all Indian airport’s. (1/2)
— Ministry of Civil Aviation (@MoCA_GoI) March 13, 2019
Another airline has grounded their Boeing 737 Max 8 planes over concerns about the model’s reliability following the crash of Ethiopia Airlines flight 302.
Fiji Airways announced Wednesday its two Max 8 planes would be grounded temporarily until more information was known about the crash.
What is a Boeing 737 Max aircraft?
The Boeing 737 Max fleet of aircraft are the latest in the company’s successful 737 line. The group includes the 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. The Max 8 that crashed on Sunday was one of 30 ordered as part of Ethiopian Airlines’ expansion.