Boeing grounds 737 MAX fleet worldwide

Boeing finally responded to worldwide pressure after the crash of Ethiopian 737 MAX 8 on 10 May, the US-based aircraft company has finally decided to “recommend to the FAA the temporary suspension of operations of the entire global fleet of 371 737 MAX aircraft.”

The company has stated that it is confident in the safety of its MAX programme, but “after consultation with the US FAA, the NTSB and aviation authorities and its customers around the world” it decided to suspend operations of the 737 MAX aircraft.

The suspension of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on the territory of the US was also ordered by the FAA yesterday.

“Effective immediately, this Order prohibits the operation of Boeing Company Model 737-8 and Boeing Company Model 737-9 airplanes by US certificated operators. This Order also prohibits operation of Boeing Company Model 737-8 and Boeing Company Model 737-9 series airplanes in the territory of the United States”, said the statement.

However, the FAA explained that there could be special flights permitted. It means that aircraft operators might be allowed to, for example, “non-passenger carrying flights, as needed for purposes of flight to a base for storage, production flight testing, repairs, alternations, or maintenance.”

The Order from the FAA follows the announcement about grounding the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by the US president, Donald Trump. The presided expressed his hope that matter will be solved as soon as possible.

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