Stockholm, Sweden (Arundel News Network) – According to our media partner FlightRadar24 more Aviation Authorities and airlines are grounding their 737 Max 8 fleet as fears continue to grow after the Ethiopian Airlines crash this week. The Ethiopian Airlines crash is the second crash in the past 6 months involving a Max 8.
Other airlines have also followed suit including AeroMexico which has 6 Max 8’s. The complete list is below
- Chinese Civil Aviation Administration (102 B registered aircraft)
- Comair (1)
- Ethiopian Airlines (8)
- GOL Linhas Aéreas (7)
- Indonesia’s Civil Aviation Authority (11)
- Lion Air Fleet (10)
- Garuda Indonesia (1)
- MIAT Mongolian Airlines (8)
- Norwegian (18) – by
adviceof the European regulators
- Oman Authority for Civil Aviation
- Oman Air (5)
- LOT (5)
- Royal Air Maroc (1)
- Singapore Civil Aviation Authority
- SilkAir (6)
- TUI (16)
- Turkish Airlines (11 Max 8, 1 Max 9)
Some countries have temporarily suspended all operations of the Max 8 in their airspace.
Dennis Muilenburg, the CEO of Boeing penned a letter to his employees. In part, it stated, “We are confident in the safety of the 737 MAX and in the work of the men and women who design and build it.”
The FAA and the NTSB are now at the scene of the crash and have stated in a letter “If we identify an issue that affects safety, the FAA will take immediate and appropriate action.” There are 59 operators worldwide (387 airplanes) that use the 737 MAX aircraft. In the United States, there are 74 planes MAX aircraft. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines are the only U.S. Operated Air fleets that use the MAX aircraft. American Airlines who operates 24 of the MAX aircraft has stated: “We will never operate an unsafe aircraft.” According to FAA records the MAX aircraft is still airworthy and it is too early to tell what the investigation will bring into the crash. Experts have stated that if this is a trim issue then that will be
The MAX aircraft have engines that are 40% quieter and 14% more fuel efficient. One of these aircraft’s have a cost of around $121 million and first came on the market back in 2017. They also fly about 8,500 flights a week.
We will continue to follow this developing story.