So far, 20 countries have suspended flights of Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft into or out of their airspace.
A growing number of airlines are also putting a halt to flights of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft , with some citing worried customers.
Meanwhile, a global team of investigators is picking through the rural Ethiopian crash site on Tuesday, searching for details on why the plane crashed shortly after take-off. Answers could take months.
Boeing, however, has said it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies. It doesn’t intend to issue any new recommendations about the aircraft to its customers. Its technical team joined American, Israeli and other aviation experts in the investigation led by Ethiopian authorities.
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said it expects Boeing will soon complete improvements to an automated anti-stall system suspected of contributing to the deadly Lion Air crash in October and update training requirements and related flight crew manuals.
A number of U.S. senators have called for the FAA to ground remaining Max 88 aircraft, including Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Mitt Romney of Utah.
Here is a list of countries that have grounded the aircraft so far: Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Ethiopia, France, Malaysia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Iceland, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, Morocco and The Netherlands
… Nigerian Air Peace clarifies order
Nigerian airline, Air Peace has clarified the order it placed for 10 brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.
In an earlier statement, it had said it would not cancel its order. The outrage the statement caused must have made it to soft-pedal and pacify its customers with another statement from the Corporate Communications Manager, Chris Iwara
Iwara stated that the company is still at the design and configuration stage and yet to take delivery of the aircraft.
“This clarification has become necessary in view of numerous calls and enquiries on our responses to incidents involving the 737 Max 8 aircraft.
“Although it is premature to comment on the incident, we wish to assure members of the flying public that we are closely following and monitoring developments on the issue as an airline that prioritises the safety and well-being of our customers”.
“While we keep engaging with our partners in this regard, we repose implicit confidence in Boeing and aviation authorities to capably and satisfactorily address all the issues if at the conclusion of the ongoing investigation, it is discovered that the challenge is with the B737 Max 8.”
“We urge members of the flying public to continue to choose Air Peace as their preferred airline and trust us to always act in their best interest”.