New Delhi: With more countries joining those which have banned its B737 MAX 8 aircraft over their airspace, Boeing on Tuesday issued a statement.
The latest entrants to the list were Germany and France. Earlier in the day, the UK and Malaysia had banned the aircraft from their airspace. The action has followed the Ethiopian airline craft crash that killed all the 157 people aboard a few days ago.
In its statement issued on Tuesday, the Boeing Company said, “Safety is Boeing’s number one priority and we have full confidence in the safety of 737 MAX. We understand that regulatory agencies and customers have made decisions that they believe are most appropriate for their home markets.”
Reaffirming that it would continue a dialogue with all parties concerned, Boeing said, “We’ll continue to engage with them to ensure they have the information needed to have confidence in operating their fleets. The US Federal Aviation Administration isn’t mandating any further action at the time and based on the information available, we don’t have any basis to issue new guidance to operators.”
As per ANI, Norwegian Air will also ground its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet following a recommendation from European aviation authorities.
Aviation Regulator of Singapore has also decided to ground all the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. “The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is temporarily suspending the operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Singapore in light of two fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in less than five months,” the authority said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has also issued an advisory to all the Indian carriers flying the craft. It said it will seek information from Boeing, Jet Airways and SpiceJet that operate Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China also issued a statement which stated that all domestic Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets would be grounded for some time, due to its principle of zero tolerance for safety hazards.
“Operation of the 737 MAX 8 aircraft will resume after confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety,” the statement added.