U.S. Announces Immediate Grounding Of Boeing 737 Max Models

Boeing B737 MAX

Boeing B737 MAX. File

Multiple nations, including the European Union, have suspended the 737 MAX, leading to the grounding of about two-thirds of the 371 jets of that make in operation around the world, according to Reuters calculations.

In its own statement, the FAA said it had made the decision to ground the planes after reviewing new data evidence, which included satellite data, earlier in the day.

The US move ends an unusual standoff between major global aviation regulators and the US Federal Aviation Administration, which certified the 737 Max planes.

Hours later, U.S. President Donald Trump announced at the White House that he issued an emergency order to ground the planes.

It wasn't immediately clear how many flights at Chicago's two airports would be affected.

First to get off the block was troubled Norwegian Air, which said it will seek compensation from the plane maker for lost revenue and extra costs resulting from the grounding of its fleet of 737 MAX.

"Ninety-nine percent of the flying public doesn't pay attention to the kind of aircraft", said Madhu Unnikrishnan, editor of Skift, an airline industry publication.

The last fleet-wide grounding by the FAA occurred on January 17, 2013, when it ordered a halt to revenue flights by Boeing's then-new model, the mostly composite 787, after a lithium-ion batteries on the plane overheated. A union representing flight attendants at American Airlines and a handful of senators pushed for a similar move in the USA, and anxious passengers flooded airlines with questions on social media.

Mr. Trump said the American and Canadian groundings were coordinated. "The safety of the American people, and all people, is our paramount concern".

"Better safe than sorry", he said.

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Southwest Airlines and American Airlines both operate fleets of the affected planes, some of which fly in and out of Tampa International. He said that both pilots and airlines have been notified.

The airline said customers on canceled Max 8 flights can rebook on other flights without additional fees or fare differences within two weeks of their planned date of travel. "If late means saving your life, be late", he said. The two countries had been increasingly isolated as jurisdiction after jurisdiction ordered airlines not to fly the Boeing models into their airspaces.

"Now I will miss the funeral", she said.

The safety notice will ground all Boeing Max 8s flown by Canadian airlines, including 24 jets belonging to Air Canada, 13 to WestJet Airlines Ltd. and four to Sunwing Airlines.

However, it said after consultation with the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board it had chose to ground the flights "out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft's safety". An airline official has said one of the recorders was partially damaged. Such an investigation could take months to complete, experts say. The company had 31 737 MAX 8 planes in its fleet at the end of 2018, and it's expecting to add another 37 MAX 8 jets this year. They braced passengers for disruption to flights, waiving rebooking and cancellation fees.

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The Ethiopian plane's flight data and voice recorders will be sent to France for analysis, Elwell said. "Customers who booked through a travel agent are requested to contact their agency directly".

Southwest and American would most likely be hit hardest by the grounding as the heaviest users of the aircraft among US carriers, with 34 and 24 of the 737 Max 8s, respectively.

"Airport staff were upfront and said that was reason".

If so, it will be anomalies that went undetected through the rigorous and exhaustive flight and systems testing of the aircraft prior to being granted a certificate of airworthiness by the US Federal Aviation Administration, required before the type could have entered service with the airlines.

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