The Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes have been grounded by many airlines across the world, following the Ethiopia tragedy which killed 157 people.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended flights involving Boeing 737 MAX 8 and 9 and also The UK Civil Aviation Authority this afternoon announced it had banned the jet from UK airspace prompting fresh fears over the safety of the aircraft, UK Mirror reports.
TUI and Norwegian Air are amongst the carriers in the UK that will not be able to take off or land in the UK as they both operate the aircraft as part of their fleets.
Singapore, Australia and Mexico have also temporarily suspended the 737 MAX from their airspaces, following China, Indonesia and many others the day before.
The EASA said in a statement:
“As a precautionary measure, EASA has published today an Airworthiness Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC (7pm UK time), suspending all flight operations of all Boeing Model 737-8 MAX and 737-9 MAX aeroplanes in Europe.
“In addition EASA has published a Safety Directive, effective as of 19:00 UTC, suspending all commercial flights performed by third-country operators into, within or out of the EU of the above mentioned models.”
Passengers flying with the following airlines could experience delays.
They said in a statement: “We have offered our assistance and are following closely the investigation. We have operated this aircraft type since 2017 and currently have 24 in our fleet.
“These aircraft have performed excellently from a safety, reliability and customer satisfaction perspective.”
The company said it remained fully confident in the aircraft and that it was closely monitoring the investigation.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority said it had temporarily suspended the operation of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to or from the country.
The airline said it had grounded both of its MAX 8 jets until it got more information on the crash.
The regulator grounded 96 MAX 8s including those operated by Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines.
Air China, China Eastern Airlines and China Southern Airlines operate 45 MAX 8 planes.
The country’s Civil Aviation Administration ordered all domestic 737 MAX 8 jets to be grounded by 6pm (local time) on Monday.
The South African airline has removed the aircraft from its flight schedule.
It said it would monitor investigations into Sunday’s crash. It has ordered eight models of the aircraft and took delivery of the first one last month.
The airline said in a statement: “While Comair has done extensive preparatory work prior to the introduction of the first 737 MAX 8 into its fleet and remains confident in the inherent safety of the aircraft, it has decided temporarily not to schedule the aircraft while it consults with other operators, Boeing and technical experts.”
The South Korean carrier Eastar Jet said it would temporarily ground its two 737 MAX 8s from Wednesday, while India ordered additional checks.
The company said operations would resume when there were no more safety concerns.
Ethiopian Airlines has confirmed it has grounded its remaining four Boeing 737 MAX 8s while it investigates the horror crash which happened on Sunday.
The search for bodies amongst the debris is still continuing. Ethiopian Airlines said it would take at least five days to start handing remains to families.
The victims came from more than 30 different nations, and included nearly two dozen U.N. staff.
It may take weeks or months to identify all the victims, who include a prize-winning author, a soccer official and a team of humanitarian workers.
The airline is reportedly also awaiting the delivery of 25 more of the jets.
The airline which operates 2 MAX 8 planes said it was confident in the jet.
The airline has 12 MAX 8 jets in its fleet.
A flydubai spokeswoman said that post review of the continued airworthiness notification received from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), no further action was required.
They said: “We are monitoring the situation and continue to be in touch with Boeing. We remain confident in the airworthiness of our fleet.”
The country has banned Boeing 37 MAX plane in French airspace.
The regulator said it would issue additional safety instructions to Indian carriers operating the MAX 8.
Jet Airways and SpiceJet Ltd operate the plane.
Spicejet said all 12 of its MAX 8s were currently flying and the company has ordered another 155 MAX planes.
Indonesia temporarily grounded all Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes operated by its airlines yesterday.
The Directorate General of Air Transportation at the Ministry of Transportation said the policy would “ensure that aircraft operating in Indonesia are in an airworthy condition.”
A Lion Air jet went down in the Java Sea off Indonesia in October, killing all 189 on board.
Indonesian airlines operate 11 Max 8 jets. Lion Air owns 10 of them, while Garuda has one.
The Irish Aviation Authority has decided to temporarily suspend the operation of all variants of Boeing 737 Max in and out of Irish airspace.
Mexican airline Aeromexico has suspended flights of its six Max 8 jets.
The country’s Civil Aviation Authority has “temporarily suspended” operation of all the various Boeing 737 MAX models from leaving or entering Singapore while it “closely monitors” the situation.
It affects SilkAir, China Southern Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Shandong Airlines and Thai Lion Air.
Singapore Airlines said its unit SilkAir, which operates six MAX 8 planes, has temporarily withdrawn them from service.
Aerolíneas Argentinas said it would temporarily suspend commercial operations for the five 737 MAX 8s in its fleet.
In Latin America, Gol in Brazil temporarily suspended MAX 8 flights, as did Mexico’s Aeromexico
South Korea is conducting an emergency inspection on Eastar Jet’s two MAX 8 jets, a ministry official said.
The South Korean budget carrier Eastar Jet said it would temporarily ground its two 737 MAX 8s from Wednesday to better cooperate with the government’s required emergency safety inspections, an airline spokesman said on Tuesday.
The airline said it remained fully confident in the aircraft and was closely monitoring the investigation
The country has grounded Boeing 737 Max aircrafts.
CEO Bilal Eksi tweeted: “We are in contact with Boeing, the aircraft producer, on the operations of the Boeing 737 Max.
“Flight safety is our priority. We are closely monitoring developments. We are carrying out all our operations by keeping flight safety at the highest level.”
The airline operates 13 MAX 8 planes.
TUI Airways has the only five 737 Max 8 aircraft operated by a UK-based airline, and was due to begin flying a sixth later this week.
A TUI spokesman confirmed their 737 Max 8 aircraft had been grounded following the CAA’s decision.
It said in a statement:
“Any customers due to fly home today on a 737 MAX 8 from their holiday will be flown back on another aircraft.
“Customers due to travel in the coming days will also travel on holiday as planned on other aircraft.”
Scandinavian airline Norwegian, which serves Manchester, Gatwick and Edinburgh, has 18 MAX 8 jets which it has also grounded.
A spokesman said:
“Following the decision by the relevant aviation regulatory bodies to temporarily suspend operations of Boeing 737 MAX, Norwegian will not operate any flights with this aircraft type until further notice.
“We remain in close dialogue with the aviation authorities and Boeing, and follow their instructions and recommendations.
“We would like to apologise to customers who will be affected by temporary cancellations and delays, but the safety and security of our customers and colleagues will never be compromised, and once authorities advise to cease operations we will of course comply.”
Tomas Hesthammer, Norwegian’s acting Chief Operating Officer added: “In response to the temporary suspension of Being 737 MAX operations by multiple aviation authorities we have taken the decision to not operate flights using this aircraft type until advised otherwise by the relevant aviation authorities.
The United States has said it remained safe to fly the planes, and Boeing has said there is no need to issue new guidance to operators based on the information it has so far.
Vietnam state media reported the aviation regulator will not issue licences to local airlines to operate the 737 MAX until the cause of the Ethiopian crash is determined.
Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways, which announced last month it was in talks to buy 25 Boeing 737 planes, declined to comment.
The Australian airline said it will continue to work with Boeing, the airline does not have any 737 MAX 8 aircraft currently and said its first delivery was not due until November.
A spokesman said: “We are monitoring the situation closely and will not speculate on the cause of the incident at this time. We have 13 MAX aircraft in our fleet of 121 Boeing 737s.”
The civil aviation regulator said it had joined the investigation into Sunday’s fatal crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane and will collect data with the United States’ Federal Aviation Administration and planemaker Boeing, according to a statement carried by state news agency WAM.