The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has been involved in two catastrophic crashes in the last five months, leading several countries and airlines to ground their fleets.
And after yesterday’s decision by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority to ban the aircraft, no airlines will be flying the aircraft. But there weren’t many airlines flying the aircraft before yesterday anyway, with SilkAir and Fiji Airways the two main airlines. Virgin Australia had put in an order for 30 of the jets, but hadn’t yet been flying any of the controversial aircraft.
“There are currently no Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in our fleet and it is too early for us to make comment on our order,” Virgin Australia stated on its website.
“With our first aircraft delivery not due until November this year, we believe there is sufficient time to consider the outcome of the investigation and make an assessment.”
That left Fiji Airways as the only airline flying Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in Australia.
In a statement obtained by the ABC, the carrier stated earlier this week that it had “full confidence” in the fleet.
“Fiji Airways followed a comprehensive induction and training process for our new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft,” the company stated.
“We continue to ensure that our maintenance and training program for pilots and engineers meets the highest safety standards.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is, and always will be, our number one priority.”
In a later statement, the airline said it will not be flying those aircraft into Australia and passengers should expect some schedule changes as the aircraft used changes.
Around the world there are 5,011 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in action, and 305 of the Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes.
Singapore, China, Indonesia, South Korea and Mongolia have grounded their fleets, while airlines including Aeromexico and Ethiopian Airlines have also grounded fleets following the devastating crash in Ethiopia which killed 157 people on Sunday 10 March.
If you’re travelling outside of Australia, services like FlightAware allow travellers to check the aircraft.
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